On December 9 and 10, 2013, the Fire Protection Research Foundation hosted a workshop in Chicago, IL that examined the performance of sprinkler systems. The objective of the workshop was to develop possible solutions to sprinkler system design and installation deficiencies that can lead to performance issues.
Some of the questions that were presented and discussed at the workshop included:
- Should NFPA 25’s scope be reconsidered?
- Should a new standard on conducting design evaluations be developed?
- Should NFPA 3, Recommended Practice for Commissioning and Integrated Testing of Fire Protection and Life Safety Systems, address a periodic system “re-commissioning activity” for some or all occupancies?
- Should these re-commissioning events be addressed by the occupancy chapters of NFPA 101, Life Safety Code?
- Should the provisions in NFPA 1, Fire Code, be supplemented so as to require inspection reviews that can address the adequacy of a system?
- Should this just sit with the owners and regulatory?
Download the full summary report from the Foundation website to get information on the results of the discussions.