What are the required Fire Ratings inside the building?

Below are Fire Rating Requirements for specific areas (taken from UAE Fire & Life Safety Code of Practice)

  1. All STRUCTURAL MEMBERS up to and including the floor of the lowest level of discharge of underground buildings more than 7000 mm below or more than two level below the lowest level of exit discharge (i.e. All High depth Underground Buildings or Structures) shall be at least 2 hours fire rated construction.
  2. The FIRE COMMAND CENTER shall be separated from other parts of the same building by compartment walls and floors having the fire resistance of at least 1 hour with fire suppression system. Minimum size shall be 8.9 sq.m.
  3. Separation requirement for KITCHEN could be exempted when all the cooking facilities in the kitchen are fitted with an approved extinguishing system such as Kitchen hood suppression. Separation requirement for kitchen could also be exempted when an eating establishment is separated from other parts of the same building by walls and doors having fire resistance of at least 1 hour and doors having fire resistance of at least 1 hour and doors having fire resistance of at least half an hour.
  4. A THEATRE, CINEMA or CONCERT HALL shall be separated from other parts of the same building, which is of a different purpose group, by compartment walls and floors having  fire resistance of at least 2-hour. If the building is protected by an automatic sprinkler system, the fire resistance rating of the compartment walls or floors can be reduced to 1-hour.
  5. Each HOTEL BEDROOM shall be compartmented from adjoining rooms and other parts of the same building by construction having fire resistance rating of at least 1 hour.
  6. Each LABOR ACCOMODATION bedroom shall be compartmented from adjoining rooms and other parts of the same building by construction having fire resistance rating of at least 1-hour. kitchens for labor accommodation are only allowed on the ground floor and shall be enclosed with minimum 1-hour fire rated compartment wall, including 1/2-hour fire rated door. Kitchen shall be separated by 1-hour fire rating and protected corridor away from dormitory sleeping area on the ground floor.
  7. A MOTOR VEHICLE WORKSHOP shall be separated from any other part of the same building by compartment walls and floors having fire resistance of not less than 2 hours.
  8. Areas in which SPRAY PAINTING or other allied processes are performed or carried out, shall be separated from other parts of the same building by compartment walls and floors having fire resistance of not less than 2 hours. Spray painting booths shall have built in vapor extraction system.
  9. Where a COLD ROOM has a floor area exceeding 20 sqm, a separate outer layer of non-combustible construction, including the door, having minimum 1-hour fire resistance rating (with sprinkler), shall be provided to compatmentalize the cold room enclosure from other areas. Provision of the fire resisting outer layer enclosure, including the fire door to the cold room would not be required if the cold room has a floor area less than 20 sqm and is sprinkler protected. The storage materials shall not include highly flammable chemicals. Cold room lesser than 20 sqm provided with at least one hour one hour fire rating requirement, need not be provided with sprinklers provided that the storage shall not include flammable materials.
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