Why are fire and life safety systems vital?

Fire and life safety systems are the most complex — and vital — systems in any building. Fire protection engineers must coordinate fire detection, notification and suppression systems at many different levels. Both passive and active fire protection systems must be considered. This includes (but is not limited to) mass notification systems, emergency communication systems, life safety systems, firestopping, smoke control systems, egress lighting and much more.
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Lighting March 9, 2020

Illuminating the means of egress

Differentiating the requirements of egress lighting versus emergency egress lighting requires a close look at several codes and standards

By M. Scott Gibbs, PE
Figure 2: This shows several of the prep and recovery bays in the new cardiac catheterization lab at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Ill. The lab is part of the hospital’s Heart Institute and is located directly below the emergency department, enabling quick transport in an emergency situation. The exit pathways lead to adjacent areas of the hospital. The build-out project was completed in 2016. Courtesy: IMEG
Codes and Standards January 14, 2020

How egress is planned using NFPA 101

NFPA 101: Life Safety Code is one of the primary sources for the requirements of exit pathways

By Richard Vedvik, PE, IMEG Corp., Rock Island, Ill.
Figure 1: A vertical inline fire pump is equipped with a flowmeter bypass and a low suction throttling valve. Courtesy: Dewberry
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 and Standards March 21, 2019

What’s new in NFPA 72?

The 2019 update of NFPA 72 provides fire protection engineers, along with other engineering professionals, improved mass notification and emergency communication guidelines.

By Matthew Zega, PE, RTM Engineering Consultants, Chicago
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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
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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
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Fire, Life Safety December 29, 2017

Designing passive and active fire protection systems

Fire protection engineers should consider the building's construction, fire suppression systems, and smoke control when designing active and passive fire protection systems. The International Building Code and NFPA standards provide guidance on passive and active fire protection systems.

By Robert F. Accosta Jr. & John Barrot, Arup