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RE: What's the difference between a fire wall and a party wall

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Cliff, First off (IBC) fire barriers are (UBC) occupancy separations (can be
walls, floors and ceiling assemblies).  (IBC) Fire walls are (UBC) area
separations (walls only).  Fire walls are used to create separate areas in
the building so they can be treated as separate buildings.  Most of the time
I see this done because the total area is larger than the basic allowable
based on type of construction and occupancy per table 503 in the IBC, or so
you can have mixed types of construction in the same building or to break up
the building into separate fire areas so you don't have to sprinkler the
building.  Fire walls which are not also party walls can have openings per
705.8.  See also IBC 705.1 to 705.8.  Party walls are fire walls constructed
on property lines; they separate two buildings and cannot have openings.
They are commonly used to separate two dwellings as in 0-lot lines and
townhouses.  I hope this helps...

-----Original Message-----
From: Clifford Schwinger [mailto:clifford234(--nospam--at)yahoo.com] 
Sent: Thursday, August 21, 2003 11:05 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: What's the difference between a fire wall and a party wall

Could someone please explain to me the difference
between a party wall and a fire wall? 

I know that all party walls are fire walls but not all
fire walls are party walls. I get lost after that.

TIA,

Cliff

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