Fire-Resistive Construction


Chapter 7 of the Massachusetts State Building Code governs fire-resistance rated construction. Confusion regarding these terms frequently leads to rework or costly over-designs. Fire-resistive construction is a key parameter in building fire safety design. Proper understanding and application of these provisions is critical in designing and constructing safe buildings.
In this presentation, we will discuss various types of fire-resistive construction, when the specific wall types are required, and how they must be designed and built. We’ll cover the various definition and their implications as well as where these wall types are required and how to ensure designs meet the code in an efficient, cost-effective manner.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the definitions of various wall types
  • Establish where these walls are applicable
  • Determine proper construction details per wall type
  • Recognize commonly made errors