The International Building Code (IBC), published by the International Code Council (ICC), and other building codes that derive from the IBC, as well as NFPA 101, Life Safety Code (LSC) and NFPA 5000, Building and Construction Safety Code (BCSC) require fire door assemblies to be installed in accordance with NFPA 80, Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives. The current edition of NFPA 80 requires fire door assemblies to be inspected upon installation as part of the Acceptance Testing process, which includes the written inspection records to be maintained for the life of the assemblies.
Architects, building owners, and property management personnel should view NFPA 80’s Acceptance Testing process as a quality-assurance step that ensures their fire door assemblies are installed in compliance with the applicable codes and standards before the buildings are occupied. One of the unfortunate realities of many new construction projects is that the door assemblies (not just fire door assemblies) are not correctly installed and/or functioning in accordance with the contract documents; not to mention the codes and standards. Poor insallation practices and techniques lead to premature problems and failure issues that potentially create hazardous conditions for the occupants and unnecessarily increase maintenance costs over the life of the building.
Pardoe Consulting can perform the initial inspection and testing of all of the door assemblies in a building or facility and create punch lists for the contractor to correct prior to occupancy.