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YC_IBTS
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I was wondering why IBC and IFC do not have the sections addressing the fire separation requirements for the fire pump rooms as stipulated in NFPA 20 5.12.1.1, which requires the fire pump room to be protected by min. 1-hr. rating.

To my understanding, IBC shall address all the fire rating constructions requirements but it is silent in this regard. We have a situation that the building plan review missed this NFPA requirements until the fire shop drawing review stage. But personally I think this really shall be a building plan examination issue.

Any thought is highly appreciated! Please also correct me if I missed something which has been in IBC/IFC

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The 09 IBC has new requirements for fire-resistive separation of fire pump rooms in high-rise and non high-rise buildings. It also has requirements for outdoor fire pump buildings. The requirements are based on NFPA 20.
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YC_IBTS
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Thank you very much for the information. It is in the IBC/2009 913. I did not realize that that are many changes in Chapter 9. Best regards,
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depending on the AHJ some fire departments do not do building plan review, and the building department MAY not be familiar with some NFPA standards.


also why was it not caught by the person that originaly designed the building??? were they not familiar with NFPA standards????

The other problem is other standrads/ codes require ratings, but once again if it is buried in some section of some stanard/ code it is not alway known,

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