2021 NFPA 101 Handbook - Current Edition
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  • Description

    Fast-track the process of getting current with the new NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®, and improve your ability to understand and implement it with the NFPA 101, Life Safety Code Handbook.

    NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, delivers fundamental criteria for offering appropriate levels of protection in new and existing occupancies. The NFPA 101, Life Safety Code Handbook features complete Code text along with expert commentary that provides a narrative interpretation designed to make it easier to comprehend and apply provisions and explain technical language to nontechnical people.

    Make the right safety decisions in the built environment to help save lives and avoid costly violations, errors, and work interruptions.

    The NFPA 101 Life Safety Code Handbook is an unmatched resource for application advice. Updated with the 2021 edition of the Life Safety Code, it lays out requirements for new and existing occupancies side by side for easier reference and comparison. Additional valuable features include:

    • Hundreds of full-color illustrations, photos, and tables that assist in explaining Code requirements
    • Shading to indicate revisions, ∆ to mark text deletions and figure/table changes, bullets for deletions, and N to show new material in the Code
    • A matrix comparing the 2018 and 2021 editions of NFPA 101 that gives you an overview of technical/substantive changes at a glance
    • This edition is compatible with the 2021 version of NFPA 101 and includes all-new benefits and features.

    For the first time, the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code Handbook includes Historical Notes highlighting fire events that have influenced changes to the Code through its history. You get explanatory information on the most significant revisions and additions for the 2021 edition, including:

    • New allowance for second door lock/latch releasing motion in existing educational and day-care occupancies, added in response to the need for safe locking arrangements for lockdown events (e.g., active shooters) in lieu of barricade devices
    • New requirement for automatic sprinklers in existing, high-rise apartment buildings, added in response to occupant risk in residential high-rise buildings
    • Revised existing nursing home construction requirements to recognize the added benefit of automatic sprinkler systems installed when not required under older Code editions, changed in response to noncompliance of some existing, sprinklered nursing homes that were previously deemed to be compliant
    • Inclusion of requirement for automatic sprinkler systems in new bars and restaurants with 50 or more occupants, added in response to occupant risk in potentially crowded, unfamiliar occupancies
    • New requirement for carbon monoxide detection in existing hotels and dormitories where a potential carbon monoxide source is present, added in response to the risk posed by carbon monoxide sources (e.g., fuel-fired heating equipment) to sleeping occupants

    Be better prepared to comply with vital fire and life safety criteria the first time with this one-of-a-kind resource from NFPA®.

    Help ensure you have the knowledge to keep pace with evolving safety challenges in the built environment. The NFPA 101, Life Safety Code Handbook is a must-have for building owners, architects, designers, contractors, engineers, AHJs, or inspectors. Order your copy today.

  • How the NFPA Handbooks Differ from Codes and Standards

    THE NFPA HANDBOOKS DIFFER FROM CODES AND STANDARDS

    Ever wonder what the difference is between an NFPA® handbook and a code or standard? We’re glad you asked.

    NFPA codes and standards both provide requirements for achieving outcomes. Handbooks take a deeper dive, providing the full text of a code or standard as well as expert commentary and features such as graphics, decision trees, testing procedures, case studies, sample forms and checklists, and other helpful aids to give a better understanding of the reasoning behind the requirements and how to apply them.

    JUST REMEMBER:

    • A code or standard is a framework—a set of rules to follow with a goal to achieve a certain result
    • A handbook is a connector—linking requirements to application by helping you understand the reasoning behind a code or standard

    The simplest way to think about it is that codes and standards list the technical requirements while handbooks explain those requirements to clarify how to apply them.

  • 2012-2018 Edition Descriptions

    2018 Edition

    Authors: Gregory E. Harrington, P.E., and Kristin Bigda, P.E.

    Implement NFPA 101® correctly in today's world. Your essential Code companion, NFPA®'s Life Safety Code® Handbook incorporates the complete Code text, commentary from seasoned professionals, and visuals into one go-to source.

     

    Get to Know the Handbook

    Discover how the 2018 Handbook can help you comply with NFPA 101, Life Safety Code requirements. It includes the full code text along with expert commentary and more than 750 visual references.

    Trust the 2018 edition of the NFPA 101: Life Safety Code Handbook to help you make the right safety decisions in the built environment, where every decision has the potential to impact lives. For applications advice, nothing compares! This unique reference combines Code text and expert commentary, so you're better prepared to comply the first time and avoid costly mistakes, violations, and job delays.

    You need expert support along with the Code. The full-color 2018 edition Life Safety Code Handbook is the only reference in the industry that provides:

    • Side-by-side presentation of occupancy requirements for new and existing occupancies for easy comparison -- this feature alone makes the Handbook a must!
    • The complete 2018 Life Safety Code text, featuring an expanded scope that now includes hazardous materials emergencies, injuries from falls, and emergency communications
    • Expert commentary explaining the reasoning and intent behind the rules, with hands-on examples of how to implement requirements
    • Guidance for hospital administrators and contractors on how to apply the latest health care occupancy provisions
    • All-new commentary for ensuring life safety in malls
    • 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
    • A matrix comparing the 2015 and 2018 editions of NFPA 101 that gives you an overview of technical/substantive changes at a glance

    If public safety depends on you, look to the 2018 edition of the NFPA 101 Handbook for essential support.

    Whether you're a building owner, architect, designer, contractor, engineer, AHJ, or inspector, NFPA's unique 2018 edition Life Safety Code Handbook helps you apply requirements properly to protect building occupants throughout the life of the building. (Print, 1,272 pp., 2018)


    2015 Edition

    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)

     


    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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