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Operable Fireplace in Lower School

Discussion in 'Institutional' started by Kendra, Aug 30, 2017.

  1. Kendra

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    I am working on a Lower School and we designed the lobby to have a hearth at the center, but remain more symbolic than realistic. Now the school wants it to be operable - potentially electric. Does this affect the fire rating of the adjacent walls. What other code issues might this raise?
     
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    If electric only for show,,, No Heat,,, should not.

    If the wall in that area is already rated, than the rating needs to be maintained.
     
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    Electric should be fine.

    Fuel fired would require make up air and carbon monoxide detection.

    Should not affect fire rating, but you might want to give the sprinkler folks a heads up.
     
  5. Kendra

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    The lobby walls are not currently rated because there are other means of egress and it is a one story building. Let me know if that changes anything!
     
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    Electric or gas fired

    Or just one of those decoration/ fake fires??
     
  7. Kendra

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    It's electric, so it is not required to be vented as far as I can tell.
     
  8. Ty J.

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    In most scenarios, it will not - always consult AHJ. Recommend that you identify what fuel source is to be used and if possible, the listing for the specific appliance.
     

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