2021 NFPA 220 Standard - Current Edition
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  • Description

    Be sure you have the information to make the right classifications to help ensure safe and compliant building construction with NFPA 220.

    Understanding and choosing the appropriate construction classifications plays a vital role in protecting all kinds of buildings and structures from fire and related dangers. NFPA 220, Standard on Types of Building Construction, helps define the category of building construction dependent on the fire resistance and combustibility rating of structural elements.

    Get up to date with the most current and complete provisions outlined in the 2021 edition.

    NFPA 220 provides access to extracted material from Section 7.2 of NFPA 5000®, Building Construction and Safety Code®, featuring complete rating requirements for exterior walls, columns, floors, ceilings, and roof assemblies. The revised standard includes new sections from NFPA 5000 that address special provisions for two different varieties of Type IV construction as well as updates to referenced publications.

    Architects, engineers, AHJs, and others responsible for making construction classifications reference NFPA 220 for the rating criteria they need.

    Take confidence you have the latest and most relevant professional resources by purchasing NFPA 220, Standard on Types of Building Construction, 2021 edition, today. (Print, 24 pp., 2021)

  • Table of Contents (2021 Current Edition)

    NFPA® 220 Standard on Types of Building Construction, 2021 Edition

    Chapter 1 Administration
    1.1 Scope.
    1.2 Purpose.
    1.3 Application. (Reserved)
    1.4 Retroactivity.
    1.5 Equivalency.
    1.6 Units.
    Chapter 2 Referenced Publications
    2.1 General.
    2.2 NFPA Publications.
    2.3 Other Publications.
    2.4 References for Extracts in Mandatory Sections.
    Chapter 3 Definitions
    3.1 General.
    3.2 NFPA Official Definitions.
    3.3 General Definitions.
    Chapter 4 Types of Construction
    4.1 General.
    4.2 Reserved.
    4.3 Type I (442 or 332) and Type II (222, 111, or 000) Construction.
    4.4 Type III (211 or 200) Construction.
    4.5 Type IV (2HH) Construction.
    4.6 Type V (111 or 000) Construction.
    Chapter 5 Fire Resistance Rating Requirements for Structural Elements
    5.1 Fire Resistance Rating Requirements.
    Annex A Explanatory Material
    Annex B Informational References
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  • Prior Editions

    2018 Edition

    Up-to-date with the latest edition of NFPA 5000®, the 2018 edition of NFPA 220 is your most current and accurate source for the ratings required for exterior walls, columns, floors, ceilings, and roof assemblies.

    Make informed construction classifications based on the 2018 edition of NFPA 220, Standard on Types of Building Construction. Requirements define construction assemblies based on the combustibility and the fire resistance rating of their structural elements. NFPA 220 is an extract document of Section 7.2 NFPA 5000®, Building Construction and Safety Code®.

    This edition of NFPA 220 is consistent with the 2018 editions of NFPA 5000, NFPA 90A, and other NFPA® codes and standards.

    Architects, engineers, AHJs -- and anyone responsible for making construction classifications -- will work confidently with the specific limits outlined in NFPA 220. (Print, 20 pp., 2018)


    2015 Edition

    Build in fire safety with the 2015 NFPA 220 -- your source for the ratings required for exterior walls, columns, floors, ceilings, and roof assemblies.

    Make informed construction classifications based on the 2015 NFPA 220, Standard on Types of Building Construction. Requirements define construction assemblies based on the combustibility and the fire resistance rating of their structural elements. NFPA 220 is an extract document of Section 7.2 NFPA 5000®: Building Construction and Safety Code®.

    Consistent with the 2015 editions of NFPA 5000, NFPA 90A, and other NFPA® codes and standards.

    Construction type designations, including Type I (332) and Type IV (2HH), are described in this edition, which is updated to reflect current methods and technologies. The 2015 NFPA 220 includes extracted language from the 2015 NFPA 90A, Standard for Installation of Air Conditioning and Ventilating Systems, among other revisions.

    Architects, engineers, AHJs -- and anyone responsible for making construction classifications -- will work confidently with the specific limits outlined in NFPA 220. (Softbound, 12 pp., 2015)

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