Fire and life safety: Suppression systems
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Fire suppression design is one of the most important aspects of fire and life safety engineering. Every project has unique requirements, and engineers should understand planning and implementing fire protection systems for a wide range of building types and hazard levels.
Fire suppression frequently includes a sprinkler system to extinguish or contain a fire. Suppression systems include water-based, wet, dry, pre-action systems, clean agent, foam, mist and a host of specialty systems. These systems are considered active fire suppression.
- Explain the minimum building codes/standards that govern fire suppression systems, such as the International Building Code, International Fire Code and a variety of NFPA codes and standards.
- Assess the various active fire suppression systems available, and which ones are appropriate to specify in the design.
- Touch on specialty fire suppression systems and their uses.
- Apply this knowledge by reviewing recent fire/life safety protection design examples.
Corey Wallace, PE, SET, Principal Engineer, Southland Industries, Las Vegas
Joshua D. Greene, PE, Associate Principal, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Waltham, Massachusetts
Amara Rozgus, Content Manager, CFE Media and Technology