unprotected building elements



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    Osman Bilger

    Protected means fireproofed. Could be sprayed, concrete encapsulation, gypsum, and so on. Building codes illustrated has good info on this. Certain building elements such as lateral bracing doesnt need a fire rating.

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    David Kaplan

    Yes, "unprotected" means that there is no fire rated assembly that provides any rating to that structural element.  You look around a IIB building, you see fully exposed steel columns and floor structure above - no fireproof spray, no fire-rated gypsum board assemblies wrapping the columns.  In the event of a fire, that structure is "unprotected." 

    When you said "projection method" did you mean to say "protection method?"  If so, protection would be achieved by either fireproof spray or like I mention above, encapsulating the structure in some fire-rated, UL-tested wall assembly. 

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    Yong Jae Kim

    Thank you! that's very clear. I really appreciate it.

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