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Fire Alarm Plans and Code Requirements

Codes and standards

In many discussions, one uses the terms "codes and standards" when discussing he requirements of a new building, for example. In many instances the words "code" and "standard" are used interchangeably, and this may not be entirely correct.

Typically, a code will contain requirements, and a standard explains how to fulfill the requirements. An example of this exists when the adopted building code, say the IBC, states that a fire alarm system is required in a specific occupancy. The "code" requires the fire alarm system, but references another document, such as NFPA 72, as the document that dictates the installation requirements. The statement may very well be something like "a fire alarm system, installed in accordance with NFPA 72, shall be provided."

This statement brings NFPA 72 into the project as the installation standard, and also makes the application of NFPA 72 part of the legal requirements for the construction of the building.
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