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    Editors: David R. Hague, P.E., and Chad R.W. Duffy, P.E.

    Completely revised to support the reorganized Standard, the essential Automatic Sprinkler Systems Handbook helps you implement the 2019 edition of NFPA 13 smoothly and efficiently.

    In a major update, NFPA 13 has been fully reorganized by structuring the technical content in the order you need to do your job. Improve your ability to navigate and apply the milestone 2019 edition of NFPA 13 using the Automatic Sprinkler Systems Handbook. Unique in the field, the Handbook provides essential know-how and support for all aspects of your work. It's loaded with guidance, expertise, color visuals, and information -- to help ensure you're better prepared to conduct accurate and efficient system design, installation, and testing.

    Access the complete NFPA 13 text -- plus commentary from the foremost experts in fire sprinkler engineering, fire testing, and applications today.

    The Handbook is your roadmap to the 2019 edition of NFPA 13 and the latest research-based requirements for system design, installation, and acceptance testing. It includes the full, reformatted Standard text along with commentary written by leading industry experts including Wes Baker, Tracey Bellamy, Bob Caputo, Mark Fessenden, Mark Hopkins, Larry Keeping, Kevin Kelly, William Smith, Victoria Valentine, and Terry Victor.

    Help reduce risks and avoid fire loss with a wealth of support you won't find anyplace else.

    • Hundreds of full-color photos, graphics, and detailed illustrations clarify concepts.
    • 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).
    • Checklists and worksheets include a plans review feature from the AHJ perspective 
    • Project workflow diagrams and flowcharts illustrate the progress of a sprinkler project.
    • Decision trees on protection for storage shows you how to choose the right sprinkler strategy for any facility.

    Other features clarify concepts and make information more accessible.

    • Ask the AHJ and 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.
    • Closer Look feature provides further information on specific subjects or issues.

    Steer clear of issues that could compromise sprinkler operation with the 2019 edition of the Automatic Sprinkler Systems Handbook.

    This is the single most essential water-based fire protection resource ever developed for engineers, designers, contractors, inspectors, and AHJs. (Hardbound, 1,278 pp., 2019)

     

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  • Table of Contents (2019 Current Edition)

    Contents

    Preface  

    Acknowledgments  

    About the Contributors  

    About the Editor  

     

    Chapter 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

     

    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 Level of Protection

    4.2 Owner’s Certificate

    4.3 Classification of Hazard

    4.4 Hose Connections

    4.5 System Protection Area Limitations

    4.6 Water Supply Information

    4.7 Additives

    4.8 Air, Nitrogen, or Other Approved Gas

    4.9 Support of Nonsprinkler System Components

    4.10 Noncombustible Materials and Limited-Combustible Materials

     

    Chapter 5 Water Supplies

    5.1 General

    5.2 Types

     

    Chapter 6 Installation of Underground Piping

    6.1 Piping

    6.2 Fittings

    6.3 Connection of Pipe, Fittings, and Appurtenances

    6.4 Protection of Private Fire Service Mains

    6.5 Grounding and Bonding

    6.6 Restraint

    6.7 Steep Grades

    6.8 Installation Requirements

    6.9 Backfilling

    6.10 Testing and Acceptance

     

    Chapter 7 Requirements for System Components and Hardware

    7.1 General

    7.2 Sprinklers

    7.3 Aboveground Pipe and Tube

    7.4 Fittings

    7.5 Joining of Pipe and Fittings

    7.6 Valves

    7.7 Waterflow Alarm Devices

    7.8 Additives and Coatings

     

    Chapter 8 System Types and Requirements

    8.1 Wet Pipe Systems

    8.2 Dry Pipe Systems

    8.3 Preaction Systems and Deluge Systems

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

    8.5 Multi-Cycle Systems

    8.6 Antifreeze Systems

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

    8.8 Refrigerated Spaces

    8.9 Commercial-Type Cooking Equipment and Ventilation

    8.10 Pilot Line Detectors

     

    Chapter 9 Sprinkler Location Requirements

    9.1 Basic Requirements

    9.2 Allowable Sprinkler Omission Locations

    9.3 Special Situations

    9.4 Use of Sprinklers

    9.5 Position, Location, Spacing, and Use of Sprinklers

     

    Chapter 10 Installation Requirements for Standard Pendent, Upright, and Sidewall Spray Sprinklers

    10.1 General

    10.2 Standard Pendent and Upright Spray Sprinklers

    10.3 Sidewall Standard Spray Sprinklers

     

    Chapter 11 Installation Requirements for Extended Coverage Upright, Pendent, and Sidewall Spray Sprinklers

    11.1 General

    11.2 Extended Coverage Upright and Pendent Spray Sprinklers

    11.3 Extended Coverage Sidewall Spray Sprinklers

     

    Chapter 12 Installation Requirements for Residential Sprinklers

    12.1 General

     

    Chapter 13 Installation Requirements for CMSA Sprinklers

    13.1 General

    13.2 CMSA Sprinklers

     

    Chapter 14 Installation Requirements for Early Suppression Fast-Response Sprinklers

    14.1 General

    14.2 Early Suppression Fast-Response Sprinklers

     

    Chapter 15 Installation Requirements for Special Sprinklers

    15.1 Open Sprinklers

    15.2 Special Sprinklers

    15.3 Dry Sprinklers

    15.4 Old-Style Sprinklers

     

    Chapter 16 Installation of Piping, Valves, and Appurtenances

    16.1 Basic Requirements

    16.2 Sprinkler Installation

    16.3 Piping Installation

    16.4 Protection of Piping

    16.5 Protection of Risers Subject to Mechanical Damage

    16.6 Provision for Flushing Systems

    16.7 Air Venting

    16.8 Fitting Installation

    16.9 Valves

    16.10 Drainage

    16.11 System Attachments

    16.12 Fire Department Connections

    16.13 Gauges

    16.14 System Connections

    16.15 Hose Connections

    16.16 Electrical Bonding and Grounding

    16.17 Signs

     

    Chapter 17 Installation Requirements for Hanging and Support of System Piping

    17.1 General

    17.2 Hanger Components

    17.3 Trapeze Hangers

    17.4 Installation of Pipe Hangers

    17.5 Pipe Stands

     

    Chapter 18 Installation Requirements for Seismic Protection

    18.1 Protection of Piping Against Damage Where Subject to Earthquakes

    18.2 Flexible Couplings

    18.3 Seismic Separation Assembly

    18.4 Clearance

    18.5 Sway Bracing

    18.6 Restraint of Branch Lines

    18.7 Hangers and Fasteners Subject to Earthquakes

    18.8 Pipe Stands Subject to Earthquakes

     

    Chapter 19 Design Approaches

    19.1 General

    19.2 General Design Approaches

    19.3 Occupancy Hazard Fire Control Approach for Spray Sprinklers

    19.4 Special Design Approaches

    19.5 Deluge Systems

     

    Chapter 20 General Requirements for Storage

    20.1 General

    20.2 Protection of Storage

    20.3 Classification of Commodities

    20.4 Commodity Classes

    20.5 Storage Arrangement

    20.6 Building Construction and Storage: Heights and Clearance

    20.7 Unsprinklered Combustible Concealed Spaces

    20.8 Room Design Method

    20.9 High-Expansion Foam Systems

    20.10 Adjacent Hazards or Design Methods

    20.11 Hose Connections

    20.12 Hose Stream Allowance and Water Supply Duration

    20.13 Discharge Considerations: General

    20.14 Protection of Idle Pallets

    20.15 Column Protection: Rack Storage and Rubber Tire Storage

     

    Chapter 21 Protection of High Piled Storage Using Control Mode Density Area (CMDA) Sprinklers

    21.1 General

    21.2 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

    21.3 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

    21.4 Control Mode Density/Area Sprinkler Protection Criteria for Rack Storage of Class I Through Class IV Commodities

    21.5 Control Mode Density/Area Sprinkler Protection Criteria for Single-, Double-, and Multiple-Row Racks for Group A Plastic Commodities Stored Up to and Including 25 ft (7.6 m) in Height

    21.6 Control Mode Density/Area Sprinkler Protection Criteria for Rack Storage Rubber Tires

    21.7 Control Mode Density/Area Sprinkler Protection Criteria for Roll Paper Storage

    21.8 Special Design for Rack Storage of Class I Through Class IV Commodities and Group A Plastics Stored Up to and Including 25 ft (7.6 m) in Height

    21.9 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

    21.10 Control Mode Density/Area Sprinkler Protection Criteria for Baled Cotton Storage

    21.11 Control Mode Density/Area Sprinkler Protection Criteria for Carton Records Storage with Catwalk Access

    21.12 Control Mode Density/Area Sprinkler Protection Criteria for 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 (2.4 m) High

     

    Chapter 22 CMSA Requirements for Storage Applications

    22.1 General

    22.2 Palletized and Solid-Piled Storage of Class I Through Class IV Commodities

    22.3 Palletized and Solid-Piled Storage of Nonexpanded and Expanded Group A Plastic Commodities

    22.4 Single-, Double-, and Multiple-Row Rack Storage for Class I Through Class IV Commodities

    22.5 Single-, Double-, and Multiple-Row Racks of Group A Plastic Commodities

    22.6 Rubber Tires

    22.7 Roll Paper Storage

     

    Chapter 23 ESFR Requirements for Storage Applications

    23.1 General

    23.2 ESFR Design Criteria

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

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

    23.5 Early Suppression Fast-Response (ESFR) Sprinklers for Rack Storage of Class I Through Class IV Commodities

    23.6 Early Suppression Fast-Response (ESFR) Sprinklers for Rack Storage of Group A Plastic Commodities

    23.7 Protection of Exposed Expanded Group A Plastics

    23.8 ESFR Protection of Rack Storage of Rubber Tires

    23.9 Early Suppression Fast-Response (ESFR) Sprinklers for Protection of Roll Paper Storage

    23.10 Plastic Motor Vehicle Components

    23.11 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

    23.12 Protection of High Bay Records Storage

    23.13 Slatted Shelves

     

    Chapter 24 Alternative Sprinkler System Designs for Chapters 20 Through 25

    24.1 General

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

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

    24.4 Hose Stream Allowance and Water Supply Duration

    24.5 Minimum Obstruction Criteria

     

    Chapter 25 Protection of Rack Storage Using In-Rack Sprinklers

    25.1 General Requirements of In-Rack Sprinklers

    25.2 Ceiling-Level Sprinkler Design Criteria in Combination with In-Rack Sprinklers

    25.3 In-Rack Sprinkler Characteristics

    25.4 Vertical Spacing and Location of In-Rack Sprinklers

    25.5 Horizontal Location and Spacing of In-Rack Sprinklers

    25.6 Protection of Racks with Solid Shelves

    25.7 Horizontal Barriers in Combination with In-Rack Sprinklers

    25.8 Alternative In-Rack Sprinkler Protection Options That Are Independent of the Ceiling Sprinkler Design

    25.9 In-Rack Sprinkler Arrangements in Combination with CMDA Sprinklers at Ceiling Level

    25.10 In-Rack Sprinkler Arrangements in Combination with CMSA Sprinklers at Ceiling Level

    25.11 In-Rack Sprinkler Arrangements in Combination with ESFR Sprinklers at Ceiling Level

    25.12 Design Criteria for In-Rack Sprinklers in Combination with Ceiling-Level Sprinklers

     

    Chapter 26 Special Occupancy Requirements

    26.1 General

    26.2 Flammable and Combustible Liquids

    26.3 Aerosol Products

    26.4 Spray Application Using Flammable or Combustible Materials

    26.5 Solvent Extraction Plants

    26.6 Installation and Use of Stationary Combustion Engines and Gas Turbines

    26.7 Nitrate Film

    26.8 Laboratories Using Chemicals

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

    26.10 Acetylene Cylinder Charging Plants

    26.11 Compressed Gases and Cryogenic Fluids Code

    26.12 Utility LP-Gas Plants

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

    26.14 Protection of Information Technology Equipment

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

    26.16 Standard for Ovens and Furnaces

    26.17 Health Care Facilities Code, Class A Hyperbaric Chambers

    26.18 Fixed Guideway Transit and Passenger Rail Systems

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

    26.20 Animal Housing Facilities

    26.21 Water Cooling Towers

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

    26.23 Semiconductor Fabrication Facilities

    26.24 Aircraft Hangars

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

    26.26 Aircraft Engine Test Facilities

    26.27 Advanced Light Water Reactor Electric Generating Plants

    26.28 Light Water Nuclear Power Plants

    26.29 Code for the Protection of Cultural Resource Properties — Museums, Libraries, and Places of Worship

    26.30 National Electrical Code

    26.31 Fire Protection of Telecommunication Facilities

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

    26.33 Hypobaric Facilities

    26.34 Coal Mines

    26.35 Metal/Nonmetal Mining and Metal Mineral Processing Facilities

    26.36 Hazardous Materials Code

     

    Chapter 27 Plans and Calculations

    27.1 Working Plans

    27.2 Hydraulic Calculation Procedures

    27.3 Hose Allowance

    27.4 Hydraulic Calculation Forms

    27.5 Pipe Schedules

     

    Chapter 28 Systems Acceptance

    28.1 Approval of Sprinkler Systems and Private Fire Service Mains

    28.2 Acceptance Requirements

    28.3 Automated Inspection and Testing Devices and Equipment

    28.4 Instructions

    28.5 Hydraulic Design Information Sign (Hydraulic Data Nameplate)

    28.6 General Information Sign

     

    Chapter 29 Existing System Modifications

    29.1 General

    29.2 Components

    29.3 Sprinklers

    29.4 Revamping of Pipe Schedule Systems

    29.5 Revamping of Hydraulic Design Systems

    29.6 System Design

    29.7 Testing

     

    Chapter 30 Marine Systems

    30.1 General

    30.2 System Components, Hardware, and Use

    30.3 System Requirements

    30.4 Installation Requirements

    30.5 Design Approaches

    30.6 Plans and Calculations

    30.7 Water Supplies

    30.8 System Acceptance

    30.9 System Instructions and Maintenance

     

    Chapter 31 System Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance

    31.1 General

     

    Annexes

    Annex A Explanatory Material

    Annex B Miscellaneous Topics

    Annex C Explanation of Test Data and Procedures for Rack Storage

    Annex D Sprinkler System Information from the 2018 Edition of the Life Safety Code

    Annex E Development of the Design Approach to Conform with ASCE/SEI 7 and Suggested Conversion Factor Adjustments for Locations Outside the United States

    Annex F Informational References

     

    Index  

    2016­–2019 Roadmap

    Important Notices and Legal Disclaimers

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    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.

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    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.

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