Smoke-Protected Assembly Seating

From the 2006 International Fire Code, “Smoke-protected Assembly Seating” is defined as: Seating served by means of egress that is not subject to smoke accumulation within or under a structure.

Well, apparently there is more to this definition than what the code defines, as local authority having jurisdictions may have a worksheet designers need to complete to prove it. And there’s more (and other codes that should be referenced)…

From Egress Design Solutions: A Guide to Evacuation and Crowd Management Planning:

ImageSo if the designer can show that an assembly area has smoke-protected assembly seating, then there are less stringent egress requirements.


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About Matthew Peterworth

I currently work as a Technology Specialist at Henderson Engineers in Kansas City – a Mechanical-Electrical-Plumbing (MEP) design firm. Prior to that I was a Project Manager for Information Technology Services (ITS), the central IT department at the University of Texas at Austin. As of July 2008 I am a Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) through BICSI. And as of June 2011 I am a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the great state of Texas. Please follow me on Twitter @mpeterworth.

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