Do You Know the International Building Code?

All Answers relate to NFPA 70, 2017 Edition

1. The current edition of the IBC is:
A. 2015
B. 2018
C. 2019
D. 2017
2. Fire Protection System requirements can be found in _______________ of the IBC.
A. Article 760
B. Chapter 9
C. Chapter 5
D. Section 7
3. Special fire protection system requirements based on use and occupancy found in IBC Chapter ________ are duplicated in IFC Chapter _________ as a user convenience.
A. 4 – 9
B. 9 – 4
C. 9 – 9
D. 4 – Article 760
4. In appendix E of the IBC, what edition of the ADA Standards for Accessible Design is referenced? 
A. 1996
B. 1990
C. 2010
D. 2016
5. What chapter of the IBC references requirements for electrical systems?
A. 5
C. 17
D. 27
6. Fire Alarm Systems in single story buildings greater than ____________ shall be required to identify the specific initiating device address, location, device type, floor level and status.
A. 10,000 square feet
B. 1,200 square meters
C. 25,000 square feet
D. 2,090 square meters
7. Throughout the IBC, references are made to other standards.  In what area of the IBC can you find a comprehensive list of those standards?
A. Appendix A
B. Appendix E
C. Chapter 1
D. Chapter 35
8. Where required, fire protection systems shall be monitored by an approved supervising station in accordance with ___________.
A. UL 827
B. NFPA 72
C. NFPA 13
D. UL 681
E. FM 2018
Feedback: 901.6.1
9. Fire protection systems shall be installed, repaired, operated and maintained in accordance with this code and _________.
A. NFPA 72
B. local rules and regulations
C. the International Fire Code
D. CDC 2013
10. Any fire protection system or portion thereof not required by this code shall be permitted to be installed for partial or complete protection and as such does not have to meet the requirements of this code.
A. True
B. False
11. Wireless protection systems utilizing radio-frequency transmitting devices shall not be permitted to be used according to the IBC.
A. True
B. False
12. Initiating device status shall be annunciated at what on-site location?
A. Front Desk
B. Main Entry visible to the public
C. Approved
D. Location provided by a licensed architect or engineer
13. Section 909 Smoke Control Systems shall apply to ___________ smoke control systems
A.  active
B. passive
C. mechanical
D. both A and C
E. both B and C
F. A, B and C
14. The length of any zone shall not exceed ________ in any direction.
A. 400 feet
B. 50 feet
C. 2,090 square meters 
D. 300 feet
Feedback: 907.6.4
15. Monitoring by a supervising station is not required in ___________ occupancies.
A. smoke detectors in Group I-3
B. waterflow in high rise hotels
C. anywhere not required by NFPA 72
D. SLC circuits in Group A-6
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