Re: 2006 IBC 2nd attempt
- From: "ABLE1" <royboynospam@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2009 15:31:15 -0500
"Doug" <not@xxxxxxxx> wrote in message
"Frank Olson" <use-the-email-links@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in
I have a need for a small answer to a big question.
If someone has a copy of the 2006 IBC would you look up if a building
is listed as type "General Mercantile", has 3 floors with about 5800 sq
on each floor, is used for furniture sales on all floors including the
basement, with elevator.
Is this building required to have smoke detectors installed as per NFPA
The building is not sprinkled.
I don't at present have access to 2006 IBC but will towards the end of
week. I know that there may be other issues to answer the question and
you need to ask a specific question please do so.
I also know that the AHJ will make the final decision but he is
answer the question with out drawings and submittals in front of him. I
trying to work out a quick number for my customer.
Have a good day.
I tend to shy away from "quick numbers". Wait for the drawings &
submittals, then quote the job properly. Until then, it's a "guessing
game" with you as the "man on the spot". That's my "two cents",
I rarely get a specification from the contractor/building owner/architect
detailing what is required, its normally just a vague "Provide a compliant
Fire Alarm system" or words to that effect and its left to the Fire alarm
contractor to specify the system in the quote. I won't waste my time or
money having plans drawn until a purchase agreement is signed. Otherwise
you may run the risk of spending countless hours & hundreds of dollars on
blueprints, only to have the contractor/building owner take your
specs/prints/submittals and send them out for bid.
I quote the price based on past experience and with reasonable efforts to
determine what is likely to be required with the caveat that any
additions/changes etc. required by the City, AHJ etc. will be an
But to address the original question, I don't know the answer.
Well that is a honest answer. Thanks Doug.
There is a whole lot more to the issue here than I have stated and that I
elaborate on for various reasons. However, since I have started this thread
I have found the answer. (a friend loaned me his 2006 IBC)
For those that don't know (which seems to be many) the answer is as follows
[F] 907.2.7 Group M. A manual fire alarm system shall be
installed in Group M occupancies having an occupant load
of 500 or more persons or more than 100 persons above
or below the lowest level of exit discharge. The initiation of a
signal from a manual fire alarm box shall initiate alarm notification
appliances as required by Section 907.9.
So that means that smokes are NOT required.
And as such any thing that is done above the minimum will be accepted by the
and must be installed as per NFPA 72.
Now everyone can go to sleep tonight knowing that all is now well in the
Have a nice rest of the weekend all.
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