Barrier between dwelling unit and boiler room

I am on an "experts" site where I often get questions outside my expertise. Someone has written that their apartment sits directly above the boiler room, and that their wooden floor is warped and warm to the touch. Sounds have disturbed, and the Super has said that the boiler is defective and needs repair. The person asks if there should be a concrete barrier between the boiler room and the apartment above. Although I don't know the jurisdiction, it sounds like an unsafe situation to me. I would advise going to the local fire authority or building and safety department to check, but if anyone here has thoughts on this topic, I'd appreciate it. Of course some states have really threadbare building codes, but if there is a long-standing code out there that would address this, and that has been widely adopted, that might help.

Sharon Toji
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Concrete not required, But there should be a fire seperation or sprinklered and the floor should not be "warm" to the touch.
Sounds like the boiler room is not properly ventilated.

Thank you, Handler. I will put this in my reply to the person.

Are you the Mark with the birthday? Happy Birthday!

Boiler rooms have always required a minmium of a one-hour separation when the boiler exceeds 400,00 btus.

To be effecient, a supply of combustion air is necessary and is based on teh btu rating of the boiler. Typically, two vents have to be installed within 12 inches of teh ceiling and teh floor to be certain that proper ventilation is provided. The vents are screened and they might be "plugged" with debris; so, they should be checked.

I know that it is a good and prudent action to request that a building inspector take a look at the condition.

Chuck Daleo

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