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2017 Technical Session and Association Meeting NFPA 101/5000, June 6-7, 2017

Reducing or eliminating fire-resistant construction by an over reliance on active fire suppression could lead to a greater risk to firefighters, occupant safety and property protection.

Sprinkler systems have been an important advance. However, in order to protect human life and property, it is essential to restore historically proven, built-in, fire-resistant material requirements in our building codes. The combination of both sprinklers and fire-resistant construction is more effective than either one alone. Listed below are aspects of the model codes where increased use of fire-resistant construction and/or smoke-resistant features could enhance fire safety for building occupants and firefighters.



  • Height and area tables
  • Rated construction: non-load bearing interior partitions
  • Corridor fire-resistance ratings
  • Egress corridors
  • Higher, fire-resistant types of construction: fire-resistant ratings
  • Fire wall ratings
  • Two-story unlimited-area buildings
  • Tenant separations
  • Exterior wall ratings
  • Fire area concept
  • High-rise buildings: fire-resistance ratings
  • High-rise buildings: smoke control
  • Area thresholds for mandatory sprinklers
  • Smoke control in one- or two-story mall buildings
  • Double sprinkler trade-offs (permitted increases in height and area)
  • Unprotected vertical openings, two-story buildings
  • Anchor building separations for malls
  • Occupancy separations: one-hour sprinkler trade-offs