Corridor Door - Gaps

What is the minimum gap requirement for smoke resistant corridor doors?

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The Joint Commission allows gaps which do not exceed 1/8 inch for the meeting edges of door pairs as a compliant smoke resistant corridor door. The door undercut is not to exceed 1 inch. Gaskets may be used to reduce or close the gap and can also be used if the door is not a fire rated door.  

Note that the Life Safety Code NFPA 101-2012: 18/19.3.6.3 only requires that the door is smoke resistant.  The 1/8 inch gap criteria has been adapted by The Joint Commission to provide an objective measurement for uniform and consistent survey results.  

Additional Resources:
NFPA 101 – 2012: 18/19.3.6.3
Last updated on May 20, 2020
Manual: Critical Access Hospital
Chapter: Life Safety LS

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