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Decoded: Panic Hardware Requirements for Rooms Housing Electrical Equipment (February 2018)

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 |2017-12-18T11:12:57-04:00December 18th, 2017|Articles, Panic Hardware|3 Comments

Decoded: Alterations to Fire Door Assemblies (Updated October 2017)

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 |2017-10-19T12:44:56-04:00October 19th, 2017|Articles, Doors & Frames, FDAI, Fire Doors|39 Comments

Decoded: Fire-Protection-Rated vs. Fire-Resistance-Rated Assemblies (March 2016)

Where can we continue to install fire-protection-rated openings (NFPA 252 or UL10C) and where do we need to install fire-resistance-rated openings (ASTM E119 or UL 263)? One clue can be found in NFPA 80. In the 2013 edition, Paragraph 6.3.3.3 states that transom frames and sidelight frames are permitted when a fire-protection rating of 3/4-hour or less is required...

By |2016-03-24T13:18:31-04:00January 11th, 2016|Articles, Fire Doors|4 Comments

Decoded: Communicating Doors Between Sleeping Rooms (February 2016)

A door opening between two adjoining hotel rooms is called a communicating door, and is created by installing two doors within one frame - each swinging in the opposite direction. The purpose of these doors is to allow convenience for family or friends sharing two hotel rooms, but the doors also provide security between the two rooms when occupied by separate parties...

By |2015-12-22T10:38:25-04:00December 7th, 2015|Articles, Fire Doors|17 Comments

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