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Suppression Systems

Courtesy: Arup
Fire, Life Safety April 16, 2020

Interpreting revisions to NFPA 13-2019

Know how to navigate the restructured NFPA 13 sprinkler standard and understand technical changes

By Kelly Finzel
Courtesy: Sam Kittner, IMEG Corp.
MNS, ECS March 10, 2020

Design aspects of mass notification systems

The design and implementation of a mass notification system requires a risk analysis to determine the needs and requirements

By Richard Vedvik, PE, IMEG Corp., Rock Island, Ill.
Chicago Rockford International Airport (Rockford, IL) has two, 10-story, 90,000 ft2 hangars and 24,977 ft2 of adjoining maintenance and office space. Sized to accommodate the Boeing 747 and/or Airbus A380 wide-body aircraft. Courtesy: Affiliated Engineers
Fire, Life Safety February 27, 2020

Performance-based approach to protecting a membrane roof aircraft hangar

AEI was retained to provide mechanical, electrical, piping/plumbing (MEP) and fire protection design services for two hangars at Chicago Rockford International Airport in Rockford, Ill. Three design challenges are highlighted.

By Affiliated Engineers
Fire, Life Safety February 11, 2020

What’s so special about office buildings? Learn about fire and life safety systems

Office buildings are complex structures containing automated features, energy-saving designs, high-tech equipment and other components as advanced as you’d find in any other state-of-the-art project. Fire protection engineers play a key role

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards January 28, 2020

Video: State of NFPA 3 Standard for Commissioning of Fire Protection & Life Safety Systems

This session will discuss why NFPA 3 was initially developed and how it evolved into a standard, who is involved in commissioning these systems and some common misconceptions related to commissioning them.

By CxEnergy and the AABC Commissioning Group (ACG)
Figure 1: Historically, structural fire resistance has been determined after the structural system was designed. Optimizing the cost of the structural member can lead to higher costs for fire protection design. Courtesy: Koffel Associates
Fire, Life Safety January 22, 2020

How NFPA 101 defines building egress

NFPA 101: Life Safety Code provides fire protection engineers many resources for designing safe egress, along with several other life safety options

By William E. Koffel, PE, FSFPE, Koffel Associates, Columbia, Md.
Fire, Life Safety December 24, 2019

Lab, research facility design: Fire, life safety

Learn tips on how to design labs and research facilities — some of the most high-tech buildings around

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Safety December 9, 2019

Early fire detection saves cost

Effective improvement of preventive fire protection.

By Michael Daub and Torsten Welz
Electrical Systems November 26, 2019

Electrical design for smoke control systems

Engineers designing electrical infrastructure to support smoke control systems must be aware of the stringent requirements listed throughout multiple code sections

By Andrew Varilone, PE, LEED AP BD+C
Fire, Life Safety November 21, 2019

NFPA 20: Fire pump design

When designing a fire pump, there are a number of factors to keep in mind, particularly NFPA 20

By Tracey Foster, SET, CFPS, Dewberry, Raleigh, North Carolina