I have inherited a totally fun project, a R-2 III-B multifamily residential building at 27,300 sqft per story, three stories total. I'm on the architect side.
Our mechanical engineer did a 61G (Florida fire suppression analysis) and designed the central lobby to be under NFPA 13 and the rest of the building NFPA 13R. I immediately thought where are the area separation firewalls, because we are over our allowable area for a III-B. The building is in construction, trusses have been set.
I was told that you can do an area increase in the hydraulic calculations, one with the NFPA 13 portion of the building and one with NFPA 13R add them together and get your increase. I'm calling BS because I cannot find this in the code anywhere, but supposedly this is coming from a FP consultant.
Any clues on the location of this allowance in code?
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