Codes & Standards: Fire, Life Safety

Codes & Standards: Fire, Life Safety June 25, 2013

Fire protection pumps: Updates to NFPA 20

Significant changes to the 2013 edition of NFPA 20: Standard for the Installation of Stationary Pumps for Fire Protection include a requirement for an alternate flow measurement means for flow meters, modifications to the water mist fire pump requirements, and limited service controller requirements.

By Gayle Pennel, PE, Aon Fire Protection Engineering, Glenview, Ill.
Codes & Standards: Fire, Life Safety June 25, 2013

NFPA 20: More key factors to consider

Other issues you should be aware of with the additions to the 2013 edition of NFPA 20.

By Gayle Pennel, PE, Aon Fire Protection Engineering, Glenview, Ill.
Codes & Standards: Fire, Life Safety June 24, 2013

Engineering systems in manufacturing, industrial buildings: Fire and life safety

Manufacturing and industrial facilities have some unusual engineering requirements, especially fire and life safety systems.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes & Standards: Fire, Life Safety June 24, 2013

Engineering systems in manufacturing, industrial buildings

Manufacturing and industrial facilities have some unusual engineering requirements, especially air handling, power needs, and fire/life safety systems.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes & Standards: Fire, Life Safety June 21, 2013

Mass notification system demand soars

According to a report from IMS Research, spending on MNS in North America is expected to rise to $2.1 billion in 2017, up from $1.6 billion in 2013.

By IHS Inc.
Figure 1: This worksheet helped the staff understand the needed information in an easy format. Courtesy: TLC Engineering for Architecture
Codes & Standards: Fire, Life Safety June 17, 2013

How to use NFPA 99

There are many changes to NFPA 99-2012. Engineers should review the code carefully to better understand how it affects electrical systems, risk assessments, and other pertinent topics.

By Gerald Versluys, PE, LEED AP, TLC Engineering for Architecture, Jacksonville, FL
Fire, Life Safety November 15, 2012

NFPA 20: Changes to the standard on fire pumps

Regardless of whether the 2013 edition of NFPA 20 will be applicable to your next project, fire protection engineers need to be aware of the changes to the standard.

By Milosh Puchovsky, PE, FSFPE, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Mass
Codes & Standards: Fire, Life Safety October 24, 2012

Commissioning buildings for fire, life safety

Proper commissioning of the fire and life safety features will ensure an on-time building.

By Thomas Brown, PE, Rolf Jensen & Assocs. Inc., Laurel, Md.
Codes & Standards: Fire, Life Safety July 1, 2008

Selecting and maintaining smoke detectors

Smoke detectors can have a lifecycle of up to 20 years if certain design and installation recommendations are followed and if annual maintenance is performed for each detector. Given the tight budget of many companies in today's economy, a reliable fire system can be one less budget issue and one less concern for the owner, operator, or lessee.

By RJA Group