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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.
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
Arc Flash October 1, 2018

Your questions answered: Critical power: Arc flash mitigation

The Sept. 20, 2018, “Critical power: Arc flash mitigation” webcast presenters addressed questions not covered during the live event.

By Brian Martin, PE; and Leslie Fernandez, PE, 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
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
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
Suppression Systems May 30, 2017

How to select a clean agent fire suppression system

Fire protection engineers should understand which clean agent fire suppression system is most appropriate for a mission critical facility.

By J. Adam Edwards, PE, and David Bhuta, PE, JENSEN HUGHES, Cary, N.C.