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NFPA 101 Life Safety Code Handbook 2012 Edition

Authors: Ron Coté, P.E., and Gregory E. Harrington, P.E.

Take the fast track to compliance! The 2012 NFPA 101® Handbook puts practical answers to Code questions at your fingertips so you're ready to apply requirements correctly.

The decisions you make on the job affect lives. That’s why when a new Life Safety Code® edition comes out, there’s no room for error and no time to lose. You need to get up-to-speed fast so you can hit the ground running, comply right the first time, and avoid costly mistakes, violations, and job delays. Your best source for the knowledge you need to master new requirements is the 2012 NFPA 101: Life Safety Code Handbook.

Written by leading life safety authorities, this essential full-color NFPA 101 companion provides total compliance support with:

  • Code text for new and existing buildings presented side-by-side for easy comparison -- this feature alone makes the Handbook a must!
  • The full 2012 Life Safety Code text for easy access
  • Expert commentary explains the reasoning and intent behind provisions and provide hands-on examples of how to apply rules, including new and revised provisions affecting health care occupancies, high-rise buildings, CO detection and alarms, and elevator use for occupant evacuation.
  • More visuals than ever before! 300 photos and 400 charts, tables, illustrations, and diagrams -- not found in the Code -- all in full color for better visual clarification of NFPA 101 provisions
  • Vertical rules alert you to Code additions and bullets signal deletions, so it’s easy to see what’s different in this edition.
  • Matrix comparing the 2009 and 2012 NFPA 101 provides an overview of technical/substantive changes at-a-glance.

Life safety depends on you. Shorten the learning curve on the new Code and save lives.

Whether you're an architect, designer, contractor, engineer, AHJ, or inspector, you can depend on the 2012 Life Safety Code Handbook to make sure requirements are applied properly to protect building occupants.

Hardbound, Approx. 1,392 pp., 2012

Contents:

Preface

Acknowledgments

About the Editors

PART ONE

Life Safety Code® and Commentary

1 Administration

1.1 Scope

1.2 Purpose

1.3 Application

1.4 Equivalency

1.5 Units and Formulas

1.6 Enforcement

2 Referenced Publications

2.1 General

2.2 NFPA Publications

2.3 Other Publications

2.4 References for Extracts in Mandatory Sections

3 Definitions

3.1 General

3.2 NFPA Official Definitions

3.3 General Definitions

4 General

4.1 Goals

4.2 Objectives

4.3 Assumptions

4.4 Life Safety Compliance Options

4.5 Fundamental Requirements

4.6 General Requirements

4.7 Fire Drills

4.8 Emergency Plan

5 Performance-Based Option

5.1 General Requirements

5.2 Performance Criteria

5.3 Retained Prescriptive Requirements

5.4 Design Specifications and Other Conditions

5.5 Design Fire Scenarios

5.6 Evaluation of Proposed Designs

5.7 Safety Factors

5.8 Documentation Requirements

6 Classifi cation of Occupancy and Hazard of Contents

6.1 Classification of Occupancy

6.2 Hazard of Contents

7 Means of Egress

7.1 General

7.2 Means of Egress Components

7.3 Capacity of Means of Egress

7.4 Number of Means of Egress

7.5 Arrangement of Means of Egress

7.6 Measurement of Travel Distance to Exits

7.7 Discharge from Exits

7.8 Illumination of Means of Egress

7.9 Emergency Lighting

7.10 Marking of Means of Egress

7.11 Special Provisions for Occupancies with High Hazard Contents

7.12 Mechanical Equipment Rooms, Boiler Rooms, and Furnace Rooms

7.13 Normally Unoccupied Building Service Equipment Support Areas

7.14 Elevators for Occupant-Controlled Evacuation Prior to Phase I Emergency Recall Operations

8 Features of Fire Protection

8.1 General

8.2 Construction and Compartmentation

8.3 Fire Barriers

8.4 Smoke Partitions

8.5 Smoke Barriers

8.6 Vertical Openings

8.7 Special Hazard Protection

9 Building Service and Fire Protection Equipment

9.1 Utilities

9.2 Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning

9.3 Smoke Control

9.4 Elevators, Escalators, and Conveyors

9.5 Rubbish Chutes, Incinerators, and Laundry Chutes

9.6 Fire Detection, Alarm, and Communications Systems

9.7 Automatic Sprinklers and Other Extinguishing Equipment

9.8 Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detection and Warning Equipment

9.9 Special Inspections and Tests

10 Interior Finish, Contents, and Furnishings

10.1 General

10.2 Interior Finish

10.3 Contents and Furnishings

11 Special Structures and High-Rise Buildings

11.1 General Requirements

11.2 Open Structures

11.3 Towers

11.4 Water-Surrounded Structures

11.5 Piers

11.6 Vehicles and Vessels

11.7 Underground and Limited Access Structures

11.8 High-Rise Buildings

11.9 Permanent Membrane Structures

11.10 Temporary Membrane Structures

11.11 Tents

12/13 New and Existing Assembly Occupancies

12/13.1 General Requirements

12/13.2 Means of Egress Requirements

12/13.3 Protection

12/13.4 Special Provisions

12/13.5 Building Services

12/13.6 Reserved

12/13.7 Operating Features

14/15 New and Existing Educational Occupancies

14/15.1 General Requirements

14/15.2 Means of Egress Requirements

14/15.3 Protection

14/15.4 Special Provisions

14/15.5 Building Services

14/15.6 Reserved

14/15.7 Operating Features

16/17 New and Existing Day-Care Occupancies

16/17.1 General Requirements

16/17.2 Means of Egress Requirements

16/17.3 Protection

16/17.4 Special Provisions

16/17.5 Building Services

16/17.6 Day-Care Homes

16/17.7 Operating Features

18/19 New and Existing Health Care Occupancies

18/19.1 General Requirements

18/19.2 Means of Egress Requirements

18/19.3 Protection

18/19.4 Special Provisions

18/19.5 Building Services

18/19.6 Reserved

18/19.7 Operating Features

20/21 New and Existing Ambulatory Health Care Occupancies

20/21.1 General Requirements

20/21.2 Means of Egress Requirements

20/21.3 Protection

20/21.4 Special Provisions

20/21.5 Building Services

20/21.6 Reserved

20/21.7 Operating Features

22/23 New and Existing Detention and Correctional Occupancies

22/23.1 General Requirements

22/23.2 Means of Egress Requirements

22/23.3 Protection

22/23.4 Special Provisions

22/23.5 Building Services

22/23.6 Reserved

22/23.7 Operating Features

24 One- and Two-Family Dwellings

24.1 General Requirements

24.2 Means of Escape Requirements

24.3 Protection

24.4 Reserved

24.5 Building Services

25 Reserved

26 Lodging or Rooming Houses

26.1 General Requirements

26.2 Means of Escape Requirements

26.3 Protection

26.4 Reserved

26.5 Building Services

26.6 Reserved

26.7 Operating Features

27 Reserved

28/29 New and Existing Hotels and Dormitories

28/29.1 General Requirements

28/29.2 Means of Egress Requirements

28/29.3 Protection

28/29.4 Special Provisions

28/29.5 Building Services

28/29.6 Reserved

28/29.7 Operating Features

30/31 New and Existing Apartment Buildings

30/31.1 General Requirements

30/31.2 Means of Egress Requirements

30/31.3 Protection

30/31.4 Special Provisions

30/31.5 Building Services

30/31.6 Reserved

30/31.7 Operating Features

32/33 New and Existing Residential Board and Care Occupancies

32/33.1 General Requirements

32/33.2 Small Facilities

32/33.3 Large Facilities

32/33.4 Suitability of an Apartment Building to House a Board and Care Occupancy

32/33.5 Reserved

32/33.6 Reserved

32/33.7 Operating Features

34 Reserved

35 Reserved

36/37 New and Existing Mercantile Occupancies

36/37.1 General Requirements

36/37.2 Means of Egress Requirements

36/37.3 Protection

36/37.4 Special Provisions

36/37.5 Building Services

36/37.6 Reserved

36/37.7 Operating Features

38/39 New and Existing Business Occupancies

38/39.1 General Requirements

38/39.2 Means of Egress Requirements

38/39.3 Protection

38/39.4 Special Provisions

38/39.5 Building Services

38/39.6 Reserved

38/39.7 Operating Features

40 Industrial Occupancies

40.1 General Requirements

40.2 Means of Egress Requirements

40.3 Protection

40.4 Special Provisions — High-Rise Buildings

40.5 Building Services

40.6 Special Provisions for Aircraft Servicing Hangars

40.7 Operating Features

41 Reserved

42 Storage Occupancies

42.1 General Requirements

42.2 Means of Egress Requirements

42.3 Protection

42.4 Special Provisions — High-Rise Buildings

42.5 Building Services

42.6 Special Provisions for Aircraft Storage Hangars

42.7 Special Provisions for Grain Handling, Processing, Milling, or Other Bulk Storage Facilities

42.8 Special Provisions for Parking Structures

42.9 Operating Features

43 Building Rehabilitation

43.1 General

43.2 Special Definitions

43.3 Repairs

43.4 Renovations

43.5 Modifications

43.6 Reconstruction

43.7 Change of Use or Occupancy Classification

43.8 Additions

43.9 Reserved

43.10 Historic Buildings

Annexes

A Explanatory Material

B Supplemental Evacuation Equipment

C Informational References

PART TWO

Supplement

Technical/Substantive Changes 2009–2012 Editions

Index

Important Notices and Legal Disclaimers

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