HCC Fire Barrier Management

Serving PA, NJ, MD, DE and DC

  • Third Party Firestopping Inspections
  • Fire Barrier Management Plans
  • Annual Inspections
  • Maintenance Staff Training & Programs

 



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Fire Barrier Management Plans

Knowing where fire barriers are required and located is a crucial element in an effective fire barrier management plan. Facilities sometimes do not maintain required fire barriers because they are unaware that one is required. Facilities also waste money maintaining fire barriers that are not required.

HCC Fire Barrier Management provides complete fire barrier assessments and inventories based on the applicable code requirements. During the assessment, we have the ability to survey existing wall construction and penetrations and prepare plans for improvement. We also have the ability to provide fire barrier management plan drawings or assist your in-house staff in preparing these drawings.

 

 

Fire barrier assessments and inventories

Possible Required Fire Barrier Locations

Besides the fire barriers that are typically required by the International Building Code and NFPA 101, below are some areas that might required fire barriers:


NFPA CODE/STANDARD

IDENTIFYING AREA

NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems

Some high voltage electrical equipment rooms or vaults or concealed spaces that do not require sprinkler protection.

NFPA 20, Standard for the Installation of Stationary Pumps for Fire Protection

The room containing the fire pump needs to be enclosed in fire rated construction.

NFPA 30, Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code

Rooms with flammable and combustible liquids such as engineering maintenance shops, hazardous waste collection rooms, and paint storage rooms.

NFPA 30A: Code for Motor Fuel Dispensing Facilities and Repair Garages

Some parking garages and/or vehicle maintenance bays might include dispensing facilities or the repair of equipment. These rooms are sometimes required to be enclosed in fire rated construction.

NFPA 45, Standard on Fire Protection for Laboratories Using Chemicals

Laboratories with significant quantities of flammable and combustible liquids that are stored and used in a laboratory typically need to be enclosed in fire rated construction.

NFPA 58, Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code

Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is not typically stored inside rooms. However, these room are typically required to be enclosed in fire rated construction.

NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code

Fire command centers and similar rooms that include full time personnel who monitor fire and security rooms typically need to be enclosed in fire rated construction.

NFPA 75: Standard for the Fire Protection of Information Technology Equipment

Computer equipment rooms and similar rooms might need to be enclosed in a fire rated enclosure. Risk analysis is oftentimes used to determine which walls need to be fire rated.

NFPA 82, Standard on Incinerators and Waste and Linen Handling Systems and Equipment

Chutes and the rooms at the top and bottom of the chutes might require to be enclosed. These include incinerator and linen chutes. The size of the room (i.e., used for storage or some other use) is an indicator of an area that might need to be enclosed in fire rated construction.

NFPA 88A, Standard for Parking Structures

Parking structures are sometimes attached or located below buildings that are used for other purposes (i.e., office or stores). The parking area sometimes needs to be separated from the remaining building areas (including the elevator lobby).

NFPA 110, Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems

Rooms that include emergency generators might require to be enclosed in fire rated construction.

NFPA 232, Standards for the Protection of Records

Rooms that are contain rolling file storage units, computer tape storage equipment, and similar rooms that appear to be used for the long term storage of records might need to be enclosed in a fire rated enclosure.

NFPA 909, Code for the Protection of Cultural Resource Properties Museums, Libraries, and Places of Worship

Based on risk management decisions sections of museums, libraries and places of worship might need to be separated by fire rated construction.

Experienced and Qualified

Choosing HCC Fire Barrier Management for completing fire barrier assessments ensures that the project will be completed by registered Professional Engineers in the fire protection engineering discipline. Our staff is familiar with the building codes and fire codes. With more than 30 years of professional experience we are trusted experts in firestopping and fire protection engineering and have served clients throughout Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C.


Inspections, Plans & Training including:

  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Wilmington, DE
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Washington, DC

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HCC & Associates of 
Wilmington, DE

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