I am having trouble with a restaurant next door (same landlord). They
ran their oven exhaust and ventilation ductwork into my retail store,
through my wall, ceiling and roof. It is "boxed-in" with T-bar and
ceiling panels. I can't believe that this is a legal structure. The
code inspector said, "It's not hot." I told him there, currently, was
no fire engulfing the restaurant. I can reference IBC 2000 303.2.2 :
"302.3.3 Separated uses: Each portion of the building shall be
individually classified as to use shall be completely separated from
adjacent areas by a fire barrier walls or horizontal assemblies or
both having a fire resistance rating determined in accordance with
Table 302.3.3 for the uses being separated, Each fire area shall
comply with the code based on the use of that space."
Can someone PLEASE post, or send, a verbatim wording of the updated
code. I think it is 508.3.3.
Also, as I understand it, local codes can be more stringent than IBC,
but not less. How much room is there for interpretation?
Thank you in advance.