Understanding Firewall Basics AIA
Matthew Stuart , P.E.
This course will provide the user with a general understanding of the different types firewalls. Four types of firewalls are discussed and include a firewall, a standard firewall, fire barriers and fire partitions. Openings and penetrations in firewalls are also discussed. Closing mechanisms associated with firewall openings and penetrations are also described.
This course includes a multiple choice quiz at the end.
This course will provide the user with a basic understanding of the distinctions between a firewall, fire barrier and fire partition. This course will delineate the differences in both the design and ratings of the four major types of firewalls. Recommendations concerning the construction requirements of firewalls and the restrictions on openings and penetrations in firewalls are provided.
At the conclusion of this course, student will learn:
Firewalls are required in buildings to satisfy the life safety mandates of both national and local building and fire codes. Both the minimum fire resistance ratings and construction restrictions vary greatly between the different types of firewalls. Understanding the differences between firewalls, barriers and partitions will enable the building designer to better interpret and implement the requirements of these codes.
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Course SummaryThere are four types of walls that help mitigate the spread of fires and protect building occupants. These walls include firewalls, standard firewalls, fire barriers and fire partitions. A standard firewall must provide a minimum fire resistance rating of 4-hours. A firewall must provide a minimum fire resistance rating of either 3 or 4-hours. Fire barriers and fire partitions provide a minimum of 2 to 3-hours and 1 to 2-hours of fire resistance rating, respectively.
Openings in firewalls
must also be constructed to satisfy the same minimum fire resistance rating
as the wall in which they are located. Wall penetrations likewise must also
provide a fire rating equal to or greater than the effected wall. Closing mechanisms
for both protected wall openings and penetrations must be carefully scrutinized
in order to insure the proper functioning of the equipment intended to prevent
the breach of the firewall at the opening or penetration.
Once you finish studying OSHA 3075 - Controlling Electrical Hazards, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.