What is a fire suppression system?

Fire suppression frequently includes a sprinkler system to extinguish or contain a fire. Suppression systems include water suppression, gaseous agents, pre-action systems, clean agent suppression systems and a host of specialty systems. Fire sprinkler systems are considered active fire suppression systems.
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Codes & Standards: Fire, Life Safety November 19, 2020

Understanding fire pumps, their applications and sizing

Learn about fire pump types, drivers, sizing and components

By Vincent T. Favale
Codes & Standards: 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
Codes & Standards: 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
Codes & Standards: Fire, Life Safety November 5, 2019

Your questions answered: Fire and life safety: Notification and communications systems

Questions not answered during the live “Fire and life safety: Notification and communications systems” webcast Oct. 30, 2019, are answered by the presenters

By William Koffel, PE, FSFPE, Koffel Associates, and Raymond A. Grill, PE, FSFPE, Arup
Plumbing, Pumping September 17, 2019

Pipe systems and materials: Design considerations

Choosing the right pipe system and design is essential to ensure excellence in mechanical, plumbing, fire protection and beyond

By Saahil Tumber, PE, HBDP, LEED AP, ESD, Chicago
MNS, ECS August 5, 2019

What is a unified mass notification ecosystem?

Fire and life safety professionals need to leverage notification assets to get the emergency message out to the affected group as soon as possible

By Isaac Chen CCIE, MISSP, and Michael Amorello, WELL AP, WSP, San Francisco
Codes & Standards: Fire, Life Safety December 13, 2018

How to design fire alarm notification systems

This mass notification and emergency communication system design discussion is holistic and includes all associated coordination requirements.

By Richard A. Vedvik, PE
Codes and Standards October 29, 2018

Standardizing NFPA 13

NFPA 13-2016 is applicable to all sprinkler system designs and installations, with the exception of sprinkler systems in low-rise residential buildings and one- and two-family dwellings and manufactured homes.

By Raymond A. Grill, PE, FSFPE, LEED AP
Plumbing, Pumping September 17, 2018

Selecting pipe and piping materials

Selecting pipe and piping materials involves many factors. Designers should approach these decisions and identify strengths and weaknesses of various pipe materials and connection methods.

By Jeff Boldt, PE, LEED AP, FASHRAE, FPE, HBDP; Keith Stone, PE
Codes & Standards: Fire, Life Safety July 26, 2018

The benefits of integrated fire protection and life safety system testing

NFPA 3 and NFPA 4 explore integrated fire protection and life safety system testing and are vital to a building’s overall fire/life safety implementation.

By Allyn Vaughn, PE FSFPE, NV5, Las Vegas