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Interior finish requirements depend first on the location of the materials, then their ratings

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, February 1, 2009

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Explaining interior finishes

The 2000 Life Safety Code® (LSC) defines interior finish as the exposed surfaces of walls, ceilings, and floors within buildings (3.3.112).

Interior ceiling finish is simply the material located on your ceiling (e.g., tiles).

Perhaps less intuitively, the LSC defines interior floor finish as the coverings on floors, ramps, stair treads and risers, and other walking surfaces (3.3.112.2). Floor finish may include tile, wood flooring, or carpeting.

Finally, interior wall finish is defined as the coverings on columns, fixed or movable walls, and fixed or movable partitions (3.3.112.3). These definitions are important because the location of the finish will affect the required classification.

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