A fire wall is a structure whose purpose is keep fire from spreading to adjacent areas. They are typically located at a lot line or where different occupancies need to be isolated within a single building. Based on NCMA TEK 5-8B, one of the primary options for fire walls are free-standing walls that permit the collapse of the structure on either side of the wall without collapsing themselves. That is the focus of this paper.
By Sam Rubenzer, Structural Engineer, Owner – Forse Consulting
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