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Re: Firewalls

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The last time I designed a project with a firewall using the BOCA code,
the firewall to be a freestanding masonry wall according to both the
Code Official and the Fire Marshall.  After several cost analyses, we
determined that a double masonry wall was the most cost efficient way to
construct the project with both being load-bearing. Thus if frame
collapse occured in one section and brought down the wall, the other
wall would still be in place.