My jurisdiction is still working out of the 09 I-codes. So, just curious how others interpret this. 412.4.1 states that "Exterior walls located less than 30' from a lot line or a public way shall have a fire-resistance rating not less than 2-Hr." Now this is a III-B building. Per the arch I am dealing with here, he gets to go to "Exterior Walls" and completely disregard the language in 412.4.1. If that section made reference to another code section or provision, I might agree. But not in the code, nor the commentary does it take you to another section of the code. He is stating that because the word "Exterior Walls" are italicized, he gets to go to exterior walls and use the 602 table to determine the fire-resistance rating of the wall. Am I completely off base here? How does one just discard the specific language of a code section?