Fire & Life Safety Narratives

The critical first step in the building design process

Let’s Solve Your Problem

The Building Design Cheat Code.

What if you had a single source for all fire protection and life safety code questions? What if you had a consolidated version of the building and fire code, written specifically for your building, with nonapplicable and irrelevant sections omitted? What if this single source, customized resource provided detailed explanations that applied specifically to your project? You can think of our narratives as a customized master guide to code compliance so you can keep focused on meaningful project objectives, like designing useful, beautiful spaces.

Building Code Design
Building Fire Protection

A Proven Partner.

The Performance Based Design team removes the element of surprise from the design, permitting, and construction process. With experts in fire protection engineering and life safety consulting by your side every step of the way, we eliminate unexpected costs and project delays.

Fire Protection & Life Safety Narratives

What They Cover?

Our comprehensive and customized fire and life safety narratives include requirements for:

  • Occupancy classification
  • Construction type
  • Fire resistance rated separations
  • Vertical openings
  • Fire dampers/smoke dampers
  • Interior finishes
  • Means of egress
  • Occupant load
  • Capacity of means of egress
  • Arrangement of means of egress
  • Accessibility
  • Fire department access
  • Fire separation distance
  • Exterior wall allowable openings
  • Water supply and fire flow
  • Fire sprinklers
  • Standpipe system
  • Fire pump
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Special hazard fire suppression systems
  • Atrium smoke control system
  • Stairwell pressurization system
  • Elevator pressurization system
  • Floor-to-floor (zoned) smoke control system
  • Post-fire smoke removal
  • Heat vents/smoke vents
  • Secondary power/emergency backup power
  • Lightning protection
  • Containment and drainage
  • Fire protection during construction
  • Fire command center
  • Elevator requirements
  • Ventilation
  • Emergency action plan
  • Fire protection system integration

Project Success Stories

Aero Center Hangar

Hotel Indigo

Plant Seven

X Communities

Meridian Parkway

VA Parking Garage

City Center of West Orange

Emily K Center

NCCU Residence

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