Believe it or not, the 2013 edition of NFPA 80, Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives, is now available. Did you know that you can view the entire document on the NFPA 80 document information page? The new edition of this document contains many valuable and important changes related to fire doors, care and maintenance, glazing, and hardware, that all users should be aware of.
Starting with #5, here are the top 5 changes to the 2013 edition of NFPA 80.
#5. Section 126.96.36.199 - Hinges and Pivots
Many general updates have been made to Section 188.8.131.52 regarding hinges and pivot sets on swinging doors with builder's hardware. The language of the 2010 edition of NFPA 80 and other past editions did not adequately address pivots, or specific types of hinges and was unclear in its application. The language throughout section 184.108.40.206 has been clarified so that it now applies to pivots and hinges, including continuous and spring hinges. Anywhere in this section that the term "hinges" was used, the Committee made sure to clarify if it also applied to specific types of hinges such as spring hinges, continuous hinges, and also to pivots.
New subsections of 220.127.116.11 have been added to specifically recognize the use and installation of continuous hinges and pivot sets. There was no language to adequately address continuous hinges or pivot sets in prior editions of the standard and it was unclear as to whether or not these types of hinges were permitted or prohibited by the standard or how pivot sets were installed. The new text adds language regarding the installation of continuous hinges and pivot sets to provide guidance and clarification when they are being used.
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