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    Editor: Matt Klaus

    Written by sprinkler industry leaders and redesigned for greater usability, the 2016 NFPA 13 Handbook helps you implement the new industry standard.

    To accompany the milestone 2016 NFPA 13, NFPA® presents the fully redesigned new Automatic Sprinkler Systems Handbook. Current with the 2016 NFPA 13: Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems and the latest sprinkler technology, the Handbook helps you apply scientifically-based solutions that reduce risks and fire loss.

    Written by the foremost experts in fire sprinkler engineering, fire testing, and applications, this full-color resource is packed with expertise, color visuals, and information that prepares you to conduct accurate and efficient system design, installation, and testing. Get equipped with essential know-how and support!

    Here's how the NFPA 13 Handbook assists designers, engineers, contractors, and installers on the job:

    • Complete 2016 NFPA 13 text brings you up-to-code with the latest research-based requirements for system design, installation, and acceptance testing.
    • Exclusive commentary explaining the intent behind provisions is written by leading industry experts, including Wes Baker, Tracey Bellamy, Bob Caputo, John Denhardt, John Deutsch, Jim Biggins, Roland Huggins, and Pete Schwab.
    • Hundreds of full-color photos, graphics, and detailed illustrations clarify concepts.
    • New artwork provides a detailed look at the starting and stopping points of several NFPA systems including underground mains (NFPA 24) storage tanks (NFPA 22), fixed water spray systems (NFPA 15), fire pumps (NFPA 20), fire sprinklers (NFPA 13), and standpipes (NFPA 14).
    • Expanded checklists and worksheets include a new plans review feature from the AHJ perspective written by David Lowrey.
    • NFPA 13 Lessons at the back of some chapters include new storage lessons by James Golinveaux, and hanging and bracing lessons by John Deutsch.
    • Project workflow diagrams and flowcharts illustrate the progress of a sprinkler project step-by-step.
    • Decision trees on protection for storage shows users how to choose the right sprinkler strategy for any facility.
    • Supplements address the European Experience wtih Fire Sprinklers; an overview of technical changes from the 2013 and 2016 editions of NFPA 13; the Evolution of Storage Sprinkler Standards; and Step-by-Step Hydraulic Calculations for a Fire Sprinkler System.

    New design features improve navigation and make information more accessible.

    • Ask the AHJ FAQs help installers avoid common errors.
    • Designer’s Corner features take a deep dive into design topics.
    • Updated line art improves your understanding of connections.
    • Historical Note feature reviews some of the background behind material in the handbook.
    • Research Note feature spotlights material based on research in the field.
    • Closer Look feature provides further information on specific subjects or issues.
    • FPRF Spotlight covers research by the Fire Protection Research Foundation directly impacting NFPA 13 code changes for 2016.

    Understand vital concepts before installation and help ensure every step is done right.

    Steer clear of issues that could compromise sprinkler operation with NFPA's 2016 Automatic Sprinkler Systems Handbook. It's the single most essential water-based fire protection resource ever developed for engineers, designers, contractors, inspectors, and AHJs. (Hardbound, 1,254 pp., 2016)

     

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  • Table of Contents (2016 Current Edition)

    NFPA 13 Handbook, 2016 Edition Contents

    Preface

    Acknowledgments

    About the Contributors

    About the Editor

    PART 1

    NFPA® 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems, with Commentary

    1 Administration

    1.1 Scope

    1.2 Purpose

    1.3 Application

    1.4 Retroactivity

    1.5 Equivalency

    1.6 Units and Symbols

    1.7 New Technology

    2 Referenced Publications

    2.1 General

    2.2 NFPA Publications

    2.3 Other Publications

    2.4 References for Extracts in Mandatory Sections

    3 Definitions

    3.1 General

    3.2 NFPA Official Definitions

    3.3 General Definitions

    3.4 Sprinkler System Type Definitions

    3.5 System Component Definitions

    3.6 Sprinkler Definitions

    3.7 Construction Definitions

    3.8 Private Water Supply Piping Definitions

    3.9 Storage Definitions

    3.10 Marine Definitions

    3.11 Hanging and Bracing Definitions

    4 General Requirements

    4.1 Level of Protection

    4.2 Limited Area Systems

    4.3 Owner’s Certificate

    4.4 Additives

    4.5 Air, Nitrogen, or Other Approved Gas

    4.6 Support of Nonsprinkler System Components

    5 Classification of Occupancies and Commodities

    5.1 Classification of Occupancies

    5.2 Light Hazard Occupancies

    5.3 Ordinary Hazard Occupancies

    5.4 Extra Hazard Occupancies

    5.5 Special Occupancy Hazards

    5.6 Commodity Classification

    6 System Components and Hardware

    6.1 General

    6.2 Sprinklers

    6.3 Aboveground Pipe and Tube

    6.4 Fittings

    6.5 Joining of Pipe and Fittings

    6.6 Valves

    6.7 Fire Department Connections

    6.8 Waterflow Alarm Devices

    6.9 Signs

    7 System Requirements

    7.1 Wet Pipe Systems

    7.2 Dry Pipe Systems

    7.3 Preaction Systems and Deluge Systems

    7.4 Combined Dry Pipe and Preaction Systems for Piers, Terminals, and Wharves

    7.5 Multi-Cycle Systems

    7.6 Antifreeze Systems

    7.7 Outside Sprinklers for Protection Against Exposure Fires (Exposure Protection Sprinkler Systems)

    7.8 Refrigerated Spaces

    7.9 Commercial-Type Cooking Equipment and Ventilation

    7.10 Additives and Coatings

    8 Installation Requirements

    8.1 Basic Requirements

    8.2 System Protection Area Limitations

    8.3 Use of Sprinklers

    8.4 Application of Sprinkler Types

    8.5 Position, Location, Spacing, and Use of Sprinklers

    8.6 Standard Pendent and Upright Spray Sprinklers

    8.7 Sidewall Standard Spray Sprinklers

    8.8 Extended Coverage Upright and Pendent Spray Sprinklers

    8.9 Extended Coverage Sidewall Spray Sprinklers

    8.10 Residential Sprinklers

    8.11 CMSA Sprinklers

    8.12 Early Suppression Fast-Response Sprinklers

    8.13 In-Rack Sprinklers

    8.14 Pilot Line Detectors

    8.15 Special Situations

    8.16 Piping Installation

    8.17 System Attachments

    8.18 Electrical Bonding and Grounding

    9 Hanging, Bracing, and Restraint of System Piping

    9.1 Hangers

    9.2 Installation of Pipe Hangers

    9.3 Protection of Piping Against Damage Where Subject to Earthquakes

    10 Underground Requirements

    10.1 Piping

    10.2 Fittings

    10.3 Connection of Pipe Fittings and Appurtenances

    10.4 Protection of Private Fire Service Mains

    10.5 Grounding and Bonding

    10.6 Restraint

    10.7 Steep Grades

    10.8 Installation Requirements

    10.9 Backfilling

    10.10 Testing and Acceptance

    11 Design Approaches

    11.1 General

    11.2 Occupancy Hazard Fire Control Approach for Spray Sprinklers

    11.3 Special Design Approaches

    12 General Requirements for Storage

    12.1 General

    12.2 Hose Connections

    12.3 Adjacent Hazards or Design Methods

    12.4 Wet Pipe Systems

    12.5 Dry Pipe and Preaction Systems

    12.6 Storage Applications

    12.7 Discharge Considerations

    12.8 Hose Stream Allowance and Water Supply Duration

    12.9 Unsprinklered Combustible Concealed Spaces

    12.10 Room Design Method

    12.11 High-Expansion Foam Systems

    12.12 Protection of Idle Pallets

    13 Protection of Miscellaneous and Low-Piled Storage

    13.1 General

    13.2 Design Basis

    13.3 In-Rack Sprinklers

    14 Protection for Palletized, Solid-Piled, Bin Box, Shelf, or Back-to-Back Shelf Storage of Class I through Class IV Commodities

    14.1 General

    14.2 Control Mode Density/Area Sprinkler Protection Criteria for Palletized, Solid-Piled, Bin Box, Shelf, or Back-to-Back Shelf Storage of Class I Through Class IV Commodities

    14.3 CMSA Sprinklers for Palletized or Solid-Piled Storage of Class I Through Class IV Commodities

    14.4 Early Suppression Fast-Response (ESFR) Sprinklers for Palletized or Solid-Piled Storage of Class I Through Class IV Commodities

    14.5 Special Design for Palletized, Solid-Piled, Bin Box, or Shelf Storage of Class I Through Class IV Commodities

    14.6 High-Expansion Foam - Reduction to Ceiling Density

    15 Protection for Palletized, Solid-Piled, Bin Box, Shelf, or Back-to-Back Shelf Storage of Plastic and Rubber Commodities

    15.1 General

    15.2 Control Mode Density/Area Sprinkler Protection Criteria for Palletized, Solid-Piled, Bin Box, Shelf, or Back-to-Back Shelf Storage of Plastic and Rubber Commodities

    15.3 CMSA Sprinklers for Palletized or Solid-Piled Storage of Group A Plastic Commodities

    15.4 Early Suppression Fast-Response (ESFR) Sprinklers for Palletized or Solid-Piled Storage of Group A Plastic

    Commodities

    15.5 High-Expansion Foam — Reduction in Ceiling Density

    16 Protection of Rack Storage of Class I Through Class IV Commodities

    16.1 General

    16.2 Protection Criteria for Rack Storage of Class I Through Class IV Commodities Stored Up to and Including 25 ft (7.6 m) in Height

    16.3 Protection Criteria for Rack Storage of Class I Through Class IV Commodities Stored Over 25 ft (7.6 m) in Height

    17 Protection of Rack Storage of Plastic and Rubber Commodities

    17.1 General

    17.2 Protection Criteria for Rack Storage of Group A Plastic Commodities Stored Up to and Including 25 ft (7.6 m) in Height

    17.3 Protection Criteria for Rack Storage of Group A Plastic Commodities Stored Over 25 ft (7.6 m) in Height

    18 Protection of Rubber Tire Storage

    18.1 General

    18.2 Columns Within Rubber Tire Storage

    18.3 Water Supplies

    18.4 Ceiling Systems

    18.5 In-Rack Sprinkler System Requirements for Protection of Rubber Tires

    18.6 Reduced-Discharge Density

    19 Protection of Roll Paper

    19.1 Protection of Roll Paper Storage

    20 Special Designs of Storage Protection

    20.1 General

    20.2 Plastic Motor Vehicle Components

    20.3 Sprinkler Design Criteria for Storage and Display of Class I Through Class IV Commodities, Cartoned Nonexpanded Group A Plastics and Nonexpanded Exposed Group A Plastics in Retail Stores

    20.4 Protection of Baled Cotton Storage

    20.5 Sprinkler Protection of Carton Records Storage with Catwalk Access

    20.6 Compact Storage of Commodities Consisting of Paper Files, Magazines, Books, and Similar Documents in Folders and Miscellaneous Supplies with No More Than 5 Percent Plastics Up to 8 ft (2.44 m) High

    20.7 Protection of High Bay Records Storage

    21 Alternative Sprinkler System Designs for Chapters 12 Through 20

    21.1 General

    21.2 Sprinkler Design Criteria for Palletized and Solid-Piled, Storage of Class I Through Class IV and Plastic Commodities

    21.3 Sprinkler Protection Criteria for Open-Frame Rack Storage of Class I Through Class IV and Plastic Commodities

    21.4 Hose Stream Allowance and Water Supply Duration

    21.5 Minimum Obstruction Criteria

    22 Special Occupancy Requirements

    22.1 General

    22.2 Flammable and Combustible Liquids

    22.3 Aerosol Products

    22.4 Spray Application Using Flammable or Combustible Materials

    22.5 Solvent Extraction Plants [NFPA 36]

    22.6 Installation and Use of Stationary Combustion Engines and Gas Turbines

    22.7 Nitrate Film

    22.8 Laboratories Using Chemicals

    22.9 Oxygen-Fuel Gas Systems for Welding, Cutting, and Allied Processes

    22.10 Acetylene Cylinder Charging Plants

    22.11 Compressed Gases and Cryogenic Fluids Code

    22.12 Utility LP-Gas Plants

    22.13 Production, Storage, and Handling of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)

    22.14 Protection of Information Technology Equipment

    22.15 Standard on Incinerators, and Waste and Linen Handling Systems and Equipment

    22.16 Standard for Ovens and Furnaces

    22.17 Health Care Facilities Code, Class A Hyperbaric Chambers

    22.18 Fixed Guideway Transit and Passenger Rail Systems

    22.19 Motion Picture and Television Production Studio Soundstages, Approved Production Facilities, and Production Locations

    22.20 Animal Housing Facilities

    22.21 Water Cooling Towers

    22.22 Standard for the Construction and Fire Protection of Marine Terminals, Piers, and Wharves

    22.23 Semiconductor Fabrication Facilities

    22.24 Aircraft Hangars

    22.25 Airport Terminal Buildings, Fueling Ramp Drainage, and Loading Walkways

    22.26 Aircraft Engine Test Facilities

    22.27 Advanced Light Water Reactor Electric Generating Plants

    22.28 Light Water Nuclear Power Plants

    22.29 Hydroelectric Generating Plants [NFPA 851]

    22.30 Code for the Protection of Cultural Resource Properties - Museums, Libraries, and Places of Worship [NFPA 909]

    22.31 National Electrical Code

    22.32 Fire Protection of Telecommunication Facilities

    22.33 Exhaust Systems for Air Conveying of Vapors, Gases, Mists, and Noncombustible Particulate Solids

    22.34 Hypobaric Facilities

    22.35 Coal Mines

    22.36 Metal/Nonmetal Mining and Metal Mineral Processing Facilities

    22.37 Hazardous Materials Code

    23 Plans and Calculations

    23.1 Working Plans

    23.2 Water Supply Information

    23.3 Hydraulic Calculation Forms

    23.4 Hydraulic Calculation Procedures

    23.5 Deluge Systems

    23.6 Exposure Protection Sprinkler Systems

    23.7 Pipe Schedules

    24 Water Supplies

    24.1 General

    24.2 Types

    25 Systems Acceptance

    25.1 Approval of Sprinkler Systems and Private Fire Service Mains

    25.2 Acceptance Requirements

    25.3 Circulating Closed Loop Systems

    25.4 Instructions

    25.5 Hydraulic Design Information Sign

    25.6 General Information Sign

    26 Marine Systems

    26.1 General

    26.2 System Components, Hardware, and Use

    26.3 System Requirements

    26.4 Installation Requirements

    26.5 Design Approaches

    26.6 Plans and Calculations

    26.7 Water Supplies

    26.8 System Acceptance

    26.9 System Instructions and Maintenance

    27 System Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance

    27.1 General

    27.2 Inactive Sprinkler Systems Abandoned in Place

    Annexes

    A Explanatory Material

    B Miscellaneous Topics

    C Explanation of Test Data and Procedures for Rack Storage

    D Sprinkler System Information from the 2012 Edition of the Life Safety Code

    E Development of the Design Approach to Conform with SEI/ASCE 7

    F Informational References

    PART 2

    Supplements

    1 Evolution of Storage Sprinkler Standards

    2 Step-by-Step Hydraulic Calculations for a Fire Sprinkler System

    3 The European Experience with Fire Sprinklers

    4 Technical/Substantive Changes from the 2013 Edition to the 2016 Edition of NFPA 13

    NFPA 13 Index

    Important Notices and Legal Disclaimers

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  • 2016 Edition Changes

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  • Prior Editions

    2013 Edition

     

    Editor: Matt Klaus

    Solve sprinkler challenges with the Automatic Sprinkler Systems Handbook, the most complete reference on sprinkler design and installation ever published!

    Written by today's foremost experts in fire sprinkler engineering, fire testing, and applications, the 2013 Automatic Sprinkler Systems Handbook is a revolutionary tool that delivers the know-how and answers needed for compliant and efficient design, installation, and testing.

    The 2013 NFPA 13 Handbook offers a groundbreaking level of support.

    The 2013 edition of NFPA 13 is current with the latest sprinkler technology, delivering scientifically-based solutions that reduce risks and fire loss -- and only the Automatic Sprinkler Systems Handbook contains detailed explanations of NFPA 13 provisions, real-world visuals, and a wealth of "extra" material not in the Standard itself.

    It's your source for everything on NFPA 13:

    • The complete text of the 2013 NFPA 13: Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems -- with vertical rules alerting you to new text, and bullets for deletions
    • Exclusive commentary that clarifies NFPA 13's intent and rationale written by Kenneth Isman, George Laverick, David Fuller, Robert Caputo, Roland Huggins, Victoria Valentine, Dana Haagensen, Garner Palenske, Bradford Cronin, James Lake, Kerry Bell, and Matthew Klaus
    • 300 full-color photos, graphics, and illustrations, with new drawings rendered in detail
    • New FAQs from the AHJ's perspective
    • A new step-by-step explanation of a complete hydraulic calculation of a system, in an exclusive new Supplement written by leading authority and educator Cecil Bilbo, Jr., President at Academy of Fire Sprinkler Technology
    • New Supplement on the evolution of storage facilities written by James Golinveaux
    • New Supplement on technical changes in the 2013 Standard
    • QR codes that take you online for more information
    • Avoid errors and steer clear of issues that could compromise sprinkler operation.

    The 2013 Automatic Sprinkler Systems Handbook is the most essential water-based fire protection resource for engineers, designers, contractors, inspectors, insurance professionals, and AHJs. (Hardbound, 1,248 pp., 2013)

     

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