NFPA 5000 Issues
Letter from Code Officials to Kathy Taraba
November 28, 2001
Subject: NFPA Building Code Committee, Public Comment on
It has been brought to our attention that there is a proposed
amendment to the draft NFPA Building Code, as detailed in
Public Comment on Proposal 5000-534. That amendment aims to
reduce the fire rating of the joint between a curtain wall
and the floor slab. In the NFPA Building Code "Report on Proposals",
the fire rating of that joint needed to equal the rating of
the floor slab. It is now being proposed in to be reduced
to only a 30 minute rating.
Please pass on to your code committee the message that we
find this change to be a significant and disturbing reduction
in the fire safety of a multi-story building. We would urge
your committee to reconsider its proposed course of action.
The NFPA 5000 Building Code will already likely face an uphill
battle in gaining adoption. It would be regrettable for the
brand new standard to have this significant deficiency as
it gets launched for the first time.