NFIRS 5.0 Element: ‘Building Status’

Définition : The operational status of the building involved in the fire. Indicates the actual use of the building at the time of the fire.
Purpose : Building status, combined with other structural characteristics, is useful for understanding fire behavior, the potential for loss of life and property, and the likely effectiveness of fire protection that existed before the fire.
Entry : Check or mark the box best indicating the status of the building involved in the fire.

Element Specification

 Specification   Value 
Requirement Mandatory
Expected Length 1
Element Type Coded Field – The coded field relating to an entry in the code table. Most coded fields allow for Plus+ One codes. For these fields the expected length of the coded entry is depicted as (National length OR Plus+ One length). Only fields with this notation in the expected length column allow for Plus+ One definitions. If the user has not provided information, an empty field should be transmitted.


Here are the NFIRS codes for the ‘Building Status’ element

Building Status  Code 
Under Construction 1
In Normal Use 2
Idle, Not Routinely Used 3
Under Major Renovation 4
Vacant And Secured 5
Vacant And Unsecured 6
Being Demolished 7
Other 0
Undetermined U

Relational Edit Rules for ‘Building Status’

NFIRS defines relational edit rules to ensure data consistency and accuracy in its database. These are the rules for ‘‘Building Status’.

Rule Group  Overview
Relational Edit Rule 67 relational edit rule 67.
Relational Edit Rule 68 Structure Length and Width or Total Area.

Transactions containing ‘Building Status’

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Last Updated on April 28, 2023