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Koffel W.E.,Koffel Associates Inc. | Welsh M.S.,Koffel Associates Inc. | Steranka K.,Koffel Associates Inc.
Consulting-Specifying Engineer | Year: 2015

Critical facilities, such as health care buildings and hospitals, require fire alarm and detection specifications at a higher level than in other buildings. © 2015, Reed Business Information (Cahners). All rights reserved.


Koffel W.E.,Koffel Associates Inc.
Engineered Systems | Year: 2013

While NFPA 101 does not require engineered smoke control systems in all health care occupancies, the code does address smoke control using a variety of passive and active features of the building. The ability to effectively control smoke during a fire in a health care facility is critical due to the protection strategy of protecting or defending the occupants in place, thereby minimizing the need to evacuate or relocate patients. However, the code continues to require features that will result in providing an area of refuge should patients need to be relocated during a fire.

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