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in the tension membrane interact with those in the structural support so that the
entire assembly acts together to resist the applied loads.
Permanent Building (from NFPA 102): A building that is intended to
remain in place for a period of 180 days or more.
Temporary Building (from NFPA 102): A building that is intended to
remain in place for less than 180 consecutive calendar days.
Noncombustible Material (from NFPA 102): A material that, in the
form in which it is used and under the conditions anticipated, will not ignite, burn,
support combustion, or release flammable vapors, when subjected to fire or heat.
Materials that are reported as passing ASTM E 136, Standard Test Method for
Behavior of Materials in a Vertical Tube Furnace at 750C, must be considered
Table 6-8 BASIC ALLOWABLE AREA for TENSION MEMBRANE/FABRIC
in Square Meters (Square Feet)
TYPE of CONSTRUCTION
II - Ba
6 m (20 ft)
12 m (40 ft)
18 m (60 ft)
As defined in paragraph 6-31.2.4
Tension membrane/fabric structures must meet the life safety, fire protection, and
allowable area requirements for the specific occupancy, in accordance with the
other provisions of this UFC.
Tension Fabric Hangars.
Tension Fabric Hangars must comply with paragraph 6-16.
Commissaries and exchanges greater than 464.5m2 (5,000 ft2) gross floor area
must be provided with automatic sprinkler protection.