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  • Q1. What is the fire rating for building having more than 2 basements?

    Sunday,2 August 2015   admin

    A1.   All structural members up to and including the floor of the lowest level of discharge of underground buildings more than 7000 mm below or more than two level below the lowest level of exit discharge (i.e. All High depth Underground Buildings or Structures) shall be at least 2 hours fire rated construction.

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  • Q2. What is the definition of a high-rise building or structure?

    Sunday,2 August 2015   admin

    A2.   The occupancies or Multiple and Mixed occupancies, facilities, buildings and structures having  total height of occupiable or usable space of more than 23 Meters above the lowest grade or lowest level of Fire Service Access into that occupancy is categorized as Highrise Building.

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  • Q3. What is the definition of a midrise building or structure?

    Sunday,2 August 2015   admin

    A3.   The occupancies or Multiple and Mixed occupancies, facilities, buildings and structures having total height of occupiable or usable space between 15 Meters to 23 Meters from the lowest grade or lowest level of Fire Service Access into that occupancy is categorized as Midrise Building.

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  • Q4. What is the definition of a low-rise building or structure?

    Sunday,2 August 2015   admin

    A4.   The occupancies or Multiple and Mixed occupancies, facilities, buildings and structures having total height of occupiable or usable space up to 15 Meters from the lowest grade or lowest level of Fire Service Access into that occupancy is categorized as Low-rise Building.

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  • Q5. What is the definition of a low depth structure or building?

    Sunday,2 August 2015   admin

    A5.   A structure or a building with up to two basements or up to 7 m below the level of exit discharge.

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  • Q6. What is the definition of a high depth structure or building?

    Sunday,2 August 2015   admin

    A6.   A structure or a building with more than two basements or more than 7 m below the level of exit discharge.

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  • Q7. Fire rating and the minimum size of the Emergency Command Centre?

    Sunday,2 August 2015   admin

    A7.   The Emergency command centre shall be separated from other parts of the same building by compartment walls and floors having fire resistance of at least 1 hour with fire suppression system. Minimum size shall be 8.9 m².

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  • Q8. At what level shall the fire pump be installed within the building?

    Sunday,2 August 2015   admin

    A8.   Fire pumps shall be located on the ground floor or below grade level with protected dedicated access from the fire engine access level.  

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  • Q9. what shall the intermediate fire pumps and water tanks be located for high-rise builds?

    Sunday,2 August 2015   admin

    A9.   Where multiple pump sets are required in a Highrise building, Intermediate Fire Pumps and Water tanks shall be located at not more than 90 m intervals from the First Fire Pump located at the lowest level of the structure.

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  • Q10. When can the separation between the kitchen and the dining area be exempted?

    Sunday,2 August 2015   admin

    A10.   Separation requirement for kitchen could be exempted when all the cooking facilities in the kitchen are fitted with an approved extinguishing system such as Kitchen hood suppression. Separation requirement for kitchen could also be exempted when an eating establishment is separated from other parts of the same building by walls and floors having fire resistance of at least 1 hour and doors having fire resistance of at least half an hour.

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  • Q11. What is the maximum size of a kitchen allowed in a non-sprinklered building?

    Sunday,2 August 2015   admin

    A11.   For a non-sprinkler protected building, the floor area of the kitchen compartment shall not exceed 150 m².

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  • Q12. What is the fire rating for the separation between theatre, cinema or concert hall from other parts of the building?

    Sunday,2 August 2015   admin

    A12.   A theater, cinema or concert hall shall be separated from other parts of the same building, which is of a different purpose group, by compartment walls and floors having a fire resistance of at least 2-hour. If the building is protected by an automatic sprinkler system, the fire resistance rating of the compartment walls or floors can be reduced to 1-hour.

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  • Q11. What is the maximum size of a kitchen allowed in a non-sprinklered building?

    Sunday,2 August 2015   admin

    A11.   For a non-sprinkler protected building, the floor area of the kitchen compartment shall not exceed 150 m².

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  • Q12. What is the fire rating for the separation between theatre, cinema or concert hall from other parts of the building?

    Sunday,2 August 2015   admin

    A12.   A theater, cinema or concert hall shall be separated from other parts of the same building, which is of a different purpose group, by compartment walls and floors having a fire resistance of at least 2-hour. If the building is protected by an automatic sprinkler system, the fire resistance rating of the compartment walls or floors can be reduced to 1-hour.

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  • Q13. What is the fire rating for hotel bedrooms?

    Sunday,2 August 2015   admin

    A13.   Each hotel bedroom shall be compartmented from adjoining rooms and other parts of the same building by construction having fire resistance rating of at least 1 hour.

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  • Q14. What is the fire rating for labor accommodation bedroom?

    Sunday,2 August 2015   admin

    A14.   Each labor accommodation bedroom shall be compartmented from adjoining rooms and other parts of the same building by construction having fire resistance rating of at least 1hour.

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  • Q15. What are the kitchen fire rating requirements for a labor accommodation?

    Sunday,2 August 2015   admin

    A15.   Kitchens are only allowed on the ground floor and shall be enclosed with minimum 1-hour fire rated compartment wall, including ½-hour fire rated door. Kitchen shall be separated by 1 hour fire rating and a protected corridor away from the dormitory sleeping area on the ground floor.  

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  • Q16. What is the fire rating required for motor vehicle workshop?

    Sunday,2 August 2015   admin

    A16.   A motor vehicle workshop shall be separated from any other part of the same building by compartment walls and floors having fire resistance of not less than 2 hours.

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  • Q17. What is the fire rating and ventilation requirement for a spray painting booth or for any spray painting process?

    Sunday,2 August 2015   admin

    A17.   Areas in which spray painting or other allied processes are performed or carried out, shall be separated from other parts of the same building by compartment walls and floors having fire resistance of not less than 2 hours. Spray painting booths shall have built in vapor extraction system.

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  • Q18. What is the size requirement for cold room and the fire rating of the construction?

    Sunday,2 August 2015   admin

    A18.   Where a cold room has a floor area exceeding 20 m², a separate outer layer of noncombustible construction, including the door, having minimum 1-hour fire resistance rating (with sprinkler), shall be provided to compartmentalize the cold room enclosure from other areas. Provision of the fire resisting outer layer enclosure, including the fire door to the cold room would not be required if the cold room has a floor area not exceeding 20 m² and is sprinkler protected. The storage materials shall not include highly flammable chemicals. Cold room lesser than 20 m² provided with at least one hour fire rating compartment, need not be provided with sprinklers provided that the storage shall not include flammable materials.

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