HOUSE BILL No. 1234
DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Synopsis: Fire partitions. Requires newly constructed and remodeled
dormitories of private and state colleges and universities and senior
housing projects to contain fire partitions.
Effective: Upon passage.
January 10, 2002, read first time and referred to Committee on Ways and Means.
Second Regular Session 112th General Assembly (2002)
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HOUSE BILL No. 1234
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning fire
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:
SOURCE: IC 22-13-6; (02)IN1234.1.1. -->
IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS
CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE UPON
Chapter 6. Fire Partitions in Senior Housing and Student
Sec. 1. This chapter applies to a senior housing project or a
dormitory that is:
(1) newly constructed; or
(2) remodeled or altered, resulting in an increase in the floor
area or height;
after June 30, 2003.
Sec. 2. As used in this chapter, "commission" means the fire
prevention and building safety commission established by
Sec. 3. As used in this chapter, "common areas" means the areas
within a building that are normally accessible to all residents,
including the corridors, lounge or lobby areas, and areas that
contain elements of fire hazards, such as boiler rooms.
Sec. 4. (a) As used in this chapter, "dormitory" means a
building or a part of a building containing rooms that are provided
as residences for overnight sleeping for individuals or groups. The
term includes a residence or multiple dwelling that is:
(1) used by a fraternity or sorority recognized by a university;
(2) owned by a university.
(b) The term does not include a residence or multiple dwelling
that is not recognized by or owned by a university.
Sec. 5. As used in this chapter, "senior housing project" means
a building or part of a building that:
(1) is used for lodging or boarding of at least four (4) senior
residents who are not related by blood or marriage to the
owners or operators of the project, for the purpose of
providing personal care services; and
(2) has at least three (3) dwelling units.
Sec. 6. As used in this chapter, "senior resident" means an
individual who is at least sixty-two (62) years of age.
Sec. 7. As used in this chapter, "university" means the
(1) A state educational institution under
(2) A private college or private university.
Sec. 8. Except as provided in section 9 of this chapter, a
dormitory or a senior housing project must be:
(1) of noncombustible fire resistive construction as set forth
in the building law; and
(2) constructed with fire partitions located:
(A) between each individual living unit to form a fire
(B) in all:
(i) exit corridors;
(ii) enclosed exit stairways;
(iii) occupancy separations as set forth in the building
(iv) exterior load bearing walls; and
(v) interior load bearing walls.
Sec. 9. Except as provided in section 10(4) of this chapter, a
dormitory or senior housing project that:
(1) contains in the common areas and in the areas used for
sleeping an automatic sprinkler system in compliance with the
building law; and
(2) complies with section 8(2) of this chapter;
is not required to be of noncombustible fire resistive construction
but may be of any construction type allowed by the building law.
Sec. 10. The rules adopted by the commission under this chapter
must provide the following:
(1) An opening in a fire partition must be protected with at
least a ninety (90) minute fire protection rating.
(2) A fire partition must have a sound transmission coefficient
of at least fifty (50).
(3) A dormitory or senior housing project that:
(A) has an automatic sprinkler system; and
(B) complies with section 8 of this chapter;
may be of unlimited area. If the dormitory or senior housing
project is remodeled, the dormitory or project may increase
in building height by twenty-five percent (25%).
(4) A floor assembly in a new dormitory or a new senior
housing project must:
(A) have at least a two (2) hour fire resistance rating; and
(B) be of noncombustible construction.
Sec. 11. If a dormitory is not owned by the university with which
it is associated but is recognized by the university, the owner of the
dormitory is responsible for complying with the requirements of
Sec. 12. The university or other person that would own a
dormitory proposed for construction shall obtain a design release
for the dormitory under
from the office of the state
Sec. 13. The commission shall adopt rules under
necessary to implement this chapter.
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SECTION 2. [EFFECTIVE UPON PASSAGE] (a) As used in this
SECTION, "commission" refers to the fire prevention and building
safety commission established under
(b) The commission shall adopt rules under IC 4-22-2 to
, as added by this act, not later than July 1,
(c) This SECTION expires July 1, 2004.
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SECTION 3. An emergency is declared for this act.