NFPA 13: Installation of Sprinkler Systems
NFPA 13: Installation of Sprinkler Systems helps reduce risks and fire loss with proven fire protection strategies.
Long considered the benchmark for automatic fire sprinkler systems, NFPA 13 presents consensus-based requirements for sprinkler system design approaches, installation, and component options. Compliance is essential to sprinkler performance, which in turn significantly reduces the risks of fire deaths and property loss. Each new edition of NFPA 13 reflects added knowledge about sprinkler performance under fire conditions. Changes are based on scientific research and a wide body of industry experience.
The 2007 NFPA 13: Installation of Sprinkler Systems broadens coverage to support innovative technology and Chapter 11: Design Approaches clarifies design options. In a major change, eight new chapters in this edition address storage of specific commodities. Requirements for hanging and bracing meet or exceed the seismic requirements of ASCE 7: Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures, and rules for sprinklers in combination with draft stops around vertical openings correlate with the 2006 edition of NFPA 101®: Life Safety Code®. In another important revision, installation rules for residential sprinklers incorporate new research into system effectiveness, specifically with regard to obstructions such as ceiling fans and kitchen cabinets