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

    Based on the 2015 NFPA 101®, NFPA®'s acclaimed Life Safety Code® Handbook incorporates full Code text, commentary, and visuals in a must-have resource.

    Any decisions you make in the built environment have the potential to affect lives. That's why you need the best source of applications advice: the 2015 NFPA 101: Life Safety Code Handbook. This resource combines Code text and expert commentary to help you comply correctly the first time and avoid costly mistakes, violations, and job delays.

    In full-color, the 2015 Life Safety Code Handbook is the only reference in the industry that provides:

    • Side-by-side presentation of occupancy requirements for new and existing buildings for easy comparison -- this feature alone makes the Handbook a must!
    • The full 2015 Life Safety Code text including changes, such as an occupant load factor for concentrated business use areas, and utilizing an atrium as part of an occupancy separation
    • Expert commentary explaining the reasoning and intent behind the rules, with hands-on examples of how to apply the added mandates for CO detection and alarm in new educational and day care facilities, training requirements for crowd managers in assembly occupancies, and other changes
    • Added guidance for hospital administrators and contractors on how to apply the latest health care occupancy provisions
    • More than 750 images including photos and charts, tables, illustrations, and diagrams not found in the Code -- all in full color for better visual clarification of NFPA 101 provisions
    • Matrix comparing the 2012 and 2015 NFPA 101 that gives you an overview of technical/substantive changes at a glance

    If public safety depends on you, look to the 2015 NFPA 101 Handbook for essential support.

    Whether you're a building owner, architect, designer, contractor, engineer, AHJ, or inspector, NFPA's unique 2015 Life Safety Code Handbook helps you apply requirements properly to protect building occupants throughout the life cycle of the building. (Hardbound, 1,327 pp., 2015)


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  • Table of Contents (2015 Current Edition)

    NFPA 101®: Life Safety Code® Handbook, 2015 Edition



    About the Editors

    PART 1

    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 Action 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 Classification 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 Occupant Evacuation Elevators


    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

    8.8 Inspection and Testing of Door Assemblies


    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 Waste Chutes, Incinerators, and Laundry Chutes

    9.6 Fire Detection, Alarm, and Communications Systems

    9.7 Automatic Sprinklers

    9.8 Other Automatic Extinguishing Equipment

    9.9 Portable Fire Extinguishers

    9.10 Standpipe Systems

    9.11 Fire Protection System Operating Features

    9.12 Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detection and Warning Equipment

    9.13 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

    12.1/13.1 General Requirements

    12.2/13.2 Means of Egress Requirements

    12.3/13.3 Protection

    12.4/13.4 Special Provisions

    12.5/13.5 Building Services

    12.6/13.6 Reserved

    12.7/13.7 Operating Features


    14/15 New and Existing Educational Occupancies

    14.1/15.1 General Requirements

    14.2/15.2 Means of Egress Requirements

    14.3/15.3 Protection

    14.4/15.4 Special Provisions

    14.5/15.5 Building Services

    14.6/15.6 Reserved

    14.7/15.7 Operating Features


    16/17 New and Existing Day-Care Occupancies

    16.1/17.1 General Requirements

    16.2/17.2 Means of Egress Requirements

    16.3/17.3 Protection

    16.4/17.4 Special Provisions

    16.5/17.5 Building Services

    16.6/17.6 Day-Care Homes

    16.7/17.7 Operating Features


    18/19 New and Existing Health Care Occupancies

    18.1/19.1 General Requirements

    18.2/19.2 Means of Egress Requirements

    18.3/19.3 Protection

    18.4/19.4 Special Provisions

    18.5/19.5 Building Services

    18.6/19.6 Reserved

    18.7/19.7 Operating Features


    20/21 New and Existing Ambulatory Health Care Occupancies

    20.1/21.1 General Requirements

    20.2/21.2 Means of Egress Requirements

    20.3/21.3 Protection

    20.4/21.4 Special Provisions

    20.5/21.5 Building Services

    20.6/21.6 Reserved

    20.7/21.7 Operating Features


    22/23 New and Existing Detention and Correctional Occupancies

    22.1/23.1 General Requirements

    22.2/23.2 Means of Egress Requirements

    22.3/23.3 Protection

    22.4/23.4 Special Provisions

    22.5/23.5 Building Services

    22.6/23.6 Reserved

    22.7/23.7 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


    28.1/29.1 General Requirements

    28.2/29.2 Means of Egress Requirements

    28.3/29.3 Protection

    28.4/29.4 Special Provisions

    28.5/29.5 Building Services

    28.6/29.6 Reserved

    28.7/29.7 Operating Features


    30/31 New and Existing Apartment Buildings


    30.1/31.1 General Requirements

    30.2/31.2 Means of Egress Requirements

    30.3/31.3 Protection

    30.4/31.4 Special Provisions

    30.5/31.5 Building Services

    30.6/31.6 Reserved

    30.7/31.7 Operating Features


    32/33 New and Existing Residential Board and Care Occupancies


    32.1/33.1 General Requirements

    32.2/33.2 Small Facilities

    32.3/33.3 Large Facilities

    32.4/33.4 Suitability of an Apartment Building to House a Board and Care Occupancy

    32.5/33.5 Reserved

    32.6/33.6 Reserved

    32.7/33.7 Operating Features


    34 Reserved


    35 Reserved


    36/37 New and Existing Mercantile Occupancies

    36.1/37.1 General Requirements

    36.2/37.2 Means of Egress Requirements

    36.3/37.3 Protection

    36.4/37.4 Special Provisions

    36.5/37.5 Building Services

    36.6/37.6 Reserved

    36.7/37.7 Operating Features


    38/39 New and Existing Business Occupancies

    38.1/39.1 General Requirements

    38.2/39.2 Means of Egress Requirements

    38.3/39.3 Protection

    38.4/39.4 Special Provisions

    38.5/39.5 Building Services

    38.6/39.6 Reserved

    38.7/39.7 Operating Features


    40 Industrial Occupancies

    40.1 General Requirements

    40.2 Means of Egress Requirements

    40.3 Protection

    40.4 Special Provisions

    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

    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



    A Explanatory Material

    B Supplemental Evacuation Equipment

    C Informational References

    PART 2


    Technical/Substantive Changes 2012 -- 2015 Editions


    Important Notices and Legal Disclaimers

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  • Prior Editions

    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, 1, 369 pp., 2012) 


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