The Access Control Codes Guide: IBC, NFPA 72, 80 & 101

By: Brian Rhodes, Published on Nov 07, 2019

For access, there is one basic maxim: Life safety above all else. But how do you know if all applicable codes are being followed?

While the basic maxim is simple to understand, many potential variations of rules exist, and access control professionals must understand them and how they apply.

In addition to looking at why codes are necessary, we examine the major codes dictating access control work including:

  • IBC: International Building Codes
  • NFPA 72: Fire Alarm
  • NFPA 80: Fire Doors
  • NFPA 101: Life Safety

This guide also provides the three steps needed to find which code applies to an opening, how to find local exceptions to broader codes, and which specific door functions impact code application.

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****** ****** ***** *** designed ** **** *********** critical ********** ***** ******, condensing ****** ************ *** even ******* ********** **** physical ****** ** ****** rules.

The ***** **********

***** * *********** ****** of ***** *** **** worldwide, **** *********** **** code ****** **** * few '***** ****' **********. We ***** **** ** these ***** ** ******** sections *****.

*** ****** ** *** model ***** **** ** many ***** ** *** world *** ***, *** our:**** ****** ****, ***, and *** ***** *** Standards.

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NFPA ***

*** ******** '**** ****** Code' ** *** **** widely **** ****** ** protect ****** ***** ** building ************, **********, *** occupancy *******.

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  • **** ***: '************ ********** Egress *****' (****, ****: 7.2.1.5.6; ****: *.*.*.*.*)
  • **** ***: '********* *******' (2015, ****: *.*.*.*.**-**; ****, 2006, ****: *.*.*.*.* -*.*.*.*.**)
  • **** ***: '****** ********** Egress *****' (*.*.*.*.*)

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NFPA **

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IBC: ************* ******** ****

*** ***, ********* ***** ************* **** *******, ** *********** * guidebook *** ********* *** engineering **** *********.

** *** ******** ******** as *** *********, **** whatever ********* ***** **** do **** ********* **** guidance **** *** ******.

  • ***: '**** **********' (****: 1010.1.9; ****, ****: ****.*.*; 2006, ****: ****.*.*)
  • ***: '****** ******* ** Electrically ****** ****** *****' (2015: ****.*.*.*; ****: ****.*.*.*; 2009: ****.*.*.*; ****, ****: 1008.1.3.4)
  • ***: '******************* ****** ****** Doors' (****: ****.*.*.*; ****: 1008.1.9.9; ****: ****.*.*.*)

NFPA **

************, **** **** ******** Fire ***** *** *** they *** ******** **** for ********** ** * building.

** **** *****, ***** door ***** *** **** slated ** ****** ******-********** openings, *** *** '***** or ******* (*.*.*)' ******* describes ***** ************* *** permitted *** ****** *** without ******* ***** **** door *******.

International *****

******* **** *** *** highest ******* *********** ** no ***** ***** *** cited **** ****** *** defacto *********** ********* ****** control ** *** **.

*** *******, ** ******, many ***** ***** *** access *** ***** ** the '******** ******** ****: NBC'. ******** ***** ***** are ***** **: '**** Release ******** (****, ****: 3.4.6.16; ****:*.*.*.**)'

Local **** ********** **** ********

******** ** *********-******** ***** are ********** ******** ** local********* ****** ************ (****), *** ** ** the ************** ** ****** control ********* ** ********* if ***** *********** ****** what ** ******** ******* in ***** *****.

*** ***** ***** ******* examples ** ***** **** exceptions **** **** ** obtained ******* *** ***** AHJ's ******:

*******, **** **** ***** exceptions *****, *** ******* intent ** *** ****: life ****** **** ** preserved.

******, ** ** *************; normal *********, ********* *********, or **** ********* ***********, can * **** ******* an ******** **** ******** the ********.

How ** ********* ***** ***** ***** ** ** *******

** ***** ** ********* which ****** ***** ***** to * ******** ******* or **** ** * project, *** ***** ***** below **** ****** *** answer:

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  2. ******** ********* *****
  3. ********* ** ******* ** Emergency ******

Determine ********** ***** ****

** *** *****, *** first **** ** ** determine ***** ***** ***** and ******** ***** ** a *******.

***** *********** **** ****** ************* **** ********** ***** and **** ******* *** ***** ** ****.

Building ********* *****

****, ************ *********** ********* ********* **** ****** ***** portions ** **** ***** to * ***** *******.

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** **** ***** ***** ratings *** ********* ** drawing **** ** **********, usually ******* ** ** "Occupancy ********" **** **** example:

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Establish ** ******* ** ********* ******

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*** ***** ******** ***** will **** ****** ********* understand ***** ***** ****** system **************.

Door ******** *********

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*********** *** ******** **** with *** ********* *** facility ********* **** ** vital, *** ******* ************ what ******** *** *********** on ***** ***** **** be **** ******* ****** any ************ **** *********.

Comments (5)

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*** ****** ***** ** for *** ****/*********** **** practices *** ****** ******* systems ? ***** *** code **** ********** *** requirements *** *** *** can ******* ** & how *** *** ** it ** * *** that ** ** ****** and *********** (***** ** is *** **** ********). I **** ** **** details.

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** ***** ** ******, IPVM ****** ** ** up ** **** ** these *******, *** ** there *** ***** **** resources ******* ***, * am ********** ** ******* recommendations ***.

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** ** **** ** have *** *** *****/******** as * ******* *** we ***** ** *****?

* ***** *** ***** to ******* **** ***
"******** *** *** ************ of ********** ******** ******** Systems". ***'* *** ***** that *** **** ** refer ** ** ** any *** ******** ?

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