Q: Section 19.3.7 of the 2012 LSC discusses smoke compartments in facilities that have greater than 30 sleeping beds per floor or building. If your facility is under 30 beds, but greater than 22,500 square feet, are smoke compartments required? Or can they be removed on the life safety plans?
A: No… They cannot be removed, because section 188.8.131.52 of the 2012 LSC says existing life safety features shall not be removed or reduced where such feature is a requirement for new construction. According to section 184.108.40.206 of the 2012 LSC, new construction requires it so you must maintain it for the life of the building.