Decoded: Special Locking Arrangements vs. Normal Locking Arrangements

Misinterpretations of the model code requirements for electrified hardware continue to hit my inbox on a regular basis, BUT - I expect some help from the ICC soon.  In the meantime, I hope this Decoded article will reach the people who need it - feel free to share it!

By |2021-08-19T12:41:45-04:00August 19th, 2021|Articles, Electrified Hardware, Means of Egress|0 Comments

Decoded: Fire Door Assembly Inspections in Multi-Unit Residential Buildings

My next Decoded article for Door Security + Safety magazine highlights the importance of fire door assembly inspections in multi-unit residential buildings. Enforcing the inspection requirements and repairing deficiencies will undoubtedly save lives.

By |2021-07-05T19:27:16-04:00June 22nd, 2021|arch, Articles, FDAI, Fire Doors|2 Comments

Decoded: Corridor Doors in Health Care Occupancies

Past fires in hospitals and nursing homes - and the resulting fatalities - have shaped the codes that we use today.  Although today’s codes do not typically require patient room doors to be fire door assemblies, these doors provide a critical layer of protection for patients.

By |2021-07-16T14:51:35-04:00March 11th, 2021|arch, Articles, Fire Doors, hc, Health Care|32 Comments

Decoded: Model Code Changes for Delayed Egress Locking Systems

The code requirements addressing delayed egress have evolved since they were first introduced in the 1981 edition of NFPA 101 – The Life Safety Code, and that evolution continues with the 2018 editions of both NFPA 101 and the International Building Code (IBC).

By |2021-07-27T13:52:04-04:00May 24th, 2018|Articles, Electrified Hardware, Means of Egress|0 Comments

Decoded: Panic Hardware Requirements for Rooms Housing Electrical Equipment

NFPA 70 – National Electrical Code (NEC) has been adopted by most US states, and includes requirements for panic hardware or fire exit hardware on certain rooms housing electrical equipment; the voltage and amperage thresholds that determine which rooms require panic hardware were changed in the 2017 edition of this code.

By |2021-07-17T23:05:47-04:00December 18th, 2017|Articles, Panic Hardware|5 Comments

Decoded: Alterations to Fire Door Assemblies

You may remember that I'm working on a series of online code classes, which will be available early in 2018.  To support those classes, I am updating some of my past Decoded articles to include revisions from new editions of the codes and standards.  Here is the latest information regarding alterations of fire door assemblies.

By |2021-07-01T14:43:45-04:00October 19th, 2017|Articles, Doors & Frames, FDAI, Fire Doors|43 Comments
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