fire-resistive construction

fire-resistive construction

A building construction in which the structural members (including walls, partitions, columns, floors, and roof) are of noncombustible materials having fire-endurance ratings at least equal to those specified by the appropriate authorities.
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NFPA theorizes that high-rises are more likely to have fire-resistive construction and wet pipe sprinklers to limit flame spread.
Topics include building heights and areas, types of construction, fire-resistive construction, interior finishes, accessibility, interior environment, energy efficiency, roofs and walls, and more related topics.
Shannon: Just like many facilities built before the 1980s, applied combinations of fire-resistive construction and materials were used as the preferred method of construction in nursing homes.
Fire walls separating records storage compartments shall be a minimum of 4-hour fire-resistive construction. Fire-resistive construction shall be in accordance with NFPA 220, Standard on Types of Building Construction."
Fire-resistive construction is composed of heavy masonry material (with no exposed steel) and will withstand fire exposure for a period of time.
These products are installed primarily in two applications: 1) around penetrations that are made in fire-resistive construction for the passage of pipes, cables, or HVAC systems, and 2) where two assemblies meet, forming a expansion joint such as the top of a wall, curtainwall (edge of slab), or floor-to-floor joints.
Very few high-rise building fires spread beyond the room or floor where the fire first starts because many high-rise buildings have sprinklers, smoke detectors and fire-resistive construction. Even though there are comprehensive requirements for fire protection systems in new and existing high rises, differences exist in building codes and safety standards.