NFPA 13R: Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in Low-Rise Residential Occupancie

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Safeguard people and property in low-rise occupancies with sprinkler systems installed using the 2016 NFPA 13R.

Provide people with the high level of fire and life safety they deserve. Install sprinkler systems using the 2016 edition of NFPA 13R: Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in Low-Rise Residential Occupancies. This Standard includes comprehensive requirements governing system installation, including water supply and system acceptance.

Keep your knowledge up-to-code with the revised 2016 edition.

Installers and contractors need the revised 2016 NFPA 13R to complete jobs correctly, work with the latest technologies, and reduce risks while maximizing efficiency. Changes in this edition include:

  • Added clarification on the re-use of sprinklers
  • New language concerning nonmetallic piping compatibility, for consistency with NFPA 13
  • Reorganized and restructured sections addressing sprinkler protection outside of dwelling units, to make requirements easier to apply

The 2016 NFPA 13R also includes the latest information about antifreeze use. (Softbound, 47 pp., 2016)

Editor: Matt Klaus

NFPA®'s 2016 Automatic Sprinkler Systems for Residential Occupancies Handbook helps contractors and engineers reduce fire deaths through compliance with NFPA 13D and NFPA 13R.

Eight out of ten fire deaths occur in the home. Protect people with home fire sprinkler system planning and installation using NFPA's user-friendly new Automatic Sprinkler Systems for Residential Occupancies Handbook. Ideal for engineers, designers, contractors, and installers, this unique resource combines clear explanations, full-color visuals, and hands-on access to the 2016 editions of NFPA 13D and NFPA 13R text. You'll get the support you need to install residential fire sprinklers with confidence, so you can reduce risks while maximizing efficiency on the job.

Loaded with new features -- including house plans showing sprinkler installation -- this one-stop source brings you up-to-date!

  • Reference the complete texts of the 2016 NFPA 13D: Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes and NFPA 13R: Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in Low-Rise Residential Occupancies.
  • A wealth of commentary clarifies the intent and reasoning behind NFPA 13D's and NFPA 13R's requirements -- with new explanations on key differences between the Standards.
  • First-time, full-color house plans show correct sprinkler installation -- essential for contractors!
  • A new plans review checklist gives those reviewing plans added assurance that nothing is overlooked.
  • Full-color photos, graphics, illustrations, and detailed drawings clarify concepts.
  • Historical Notes provide invaluable background on residential fire sprinkler use in the United States.
  • Supplements written by experts include a new supplement on conducting sprinkler plans review, a revised Pedestal/Podium Building Design Using Model Building Codes and NFPA Sprinkler Standards, and an overview of technical changes for both NFPA 13D and NFPA 13R.
  • An entire section is devoted to NFPA's Sprinkler Initiative, with research material and links to Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition and NFPA.

New design features improve navigation and accessibility.

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  • "Ask the AHJ" FAQs help installers avoid common errors.
  • Updated FAQs throughout make technical provisions clear.

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NFPA® 13R Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in Low-Rise Residential Occupancies, 2016 Edition

Chapter 1 Administration
1.1 Scope
1.2 Purpose
1.3 Retroactivity
1.4 Equivalency
1.5 Units
1.6 New Technology
Chapter 2 Referenced Publications
2.1 General
2.2 NFPA Publications
2.3 Other Publications
2.4 References for Extracts in Mandatory Sections
Chapter 3 Definitions
3.1 General
3.2 NFPA Official Definitions
3.3 General Definitions
Chapter 4 General Requirements
4.1 Sprinklered Throughout
4.2 Basic Requirements
4.3 Tube
4.4 Listed or Labeled
4.5 System Arrangement
Chapter 5 System Components
5.1 General
5.2 Aboveground Piping and Equipment
5.3 Underground Pipe
5.4 System Types
Chapter 6 Installation
6.1 System Protection Area Limitations
6.2 Use of Sprinklers
6.3 Quick-Response Sprinklers
6.4 Residential Sprinklers
6.5 Special Situations
6.6 Location of Sprinklers
6.7 Piping
6.8 Valves
6.9 Drains
6.10 Test Connection
6.11 Fire Department Connection
6.12 Pressure Gauges
6.13 Piping Support
6.14 Open-Grid Ceilings
6.15 Drop-Out Ceilings
6.16 Alarms
Chapter 7 Discharge Criteria
7.1 Design Criteria - Inside Dwelling Unit
7.2 Design Criteria - Outside Dwelling Unit
7.3 Design Criteria - Garages
7.4 Combustible Concealed Spaces
Chapter 8 Plans and Calculations
8.1 Working Plans
8.2 Hydraulic Calculations
Chapter 9 Water Supply
9.1 Automatic
9.2 Minimum
9.3 Source
9.4 Fire Pump
9.5 Water Tanks
9.6 Domestic Demand
9.7 Non–Fire Protection Connections
Chapter 10 System Acceptance
10.1 Approval of Sprinkler Systems
10.2 Acceptance Tests
Chapter 11 Care and Maintenance
11.1 Stock of Spare Sprinklers
11.2 Owner's Responsibility
11.3 Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance
11.4 Instructions
Annex A Explanatory Material
Annex B Informational References