2022 NFPA 13 Handbook - Current Edition
In purchasing digital access through a PDF or subscription service, you are purchasing a single-user license to access content only by the named account holder. Certain restrictions apply.

NFPA Members save an additional 10%.

Item #: 13HBKIT
Price: $0.00
Edition:
Handbook Formats Available:







eForms:
Quantity:

*Order now! You will not be charged until your product becomes available.

  • Description

    Help ensure you have the latest design and installation of sprinkler systems provisions, along with expert commentary and guidance from the fully revised 2022 NFPA 13 Handbook.

    NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems, offers comprehensive criteria for the design and installation of automatic fire sprinkler systems and exposure protection sprinkler systems. The NFPA 13, Automatic Sprinkler Systems Handbook, assists users and enforcers in understanding and implementing its requirements and explaining complex concepts.

    This essential water-based fire protection resource is a must-have for engineers, designers, contractors, inspectors, and authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) operating in countries that adopt the standard or need to know how to apply its requirements. The only publication supporting NFPA 13 offering a summary of technical changes, the handbook is also relied on by sprinkler system professionals for best practices and advanced insights into proper design and installation procedures.

    The NFPA 13 handbook includes the entire 2022 edition of the standard along with content and features to assist in using the standard more accurately and efficiently.

    Whether you plan to use it as a companion to your copy of the standard or to access complete NFPA 13 content along with proprietary knowledge and clarifications you won't find anywhere else, the handbook represents an exceptional value. Updated from the 2019 edition, all content and commentary has been written and edited by NFPA technical staff and nationally recognized subject matter experts.

    Features include:

    • Summary of technical changes
    • Hundreds of full-color photos, schematics, and detailed illustrations to clarify concepts
    • FAQs from stakeholders working with water-based fire protection systems
    • Ask the AHJ and Ask the System Designer features, which illustrate solutions to help avoid common errors

    NFPA 13, Automatic Sprinkler Systems Handbook, details significant changes to the 2022 edition to get you up to speed faster.

    The NFPA 13 handbook is fully updated from the previous edition and offers coverage of notable revisions, including:

    • Added requirements to account for the use of intermediate temperature residential and quick-response sprinklers in Chapter 9
    • Modified early suppression fast response (ESFR) sprinkler location criteria in Chapter 14
    • Change to the process of determining if freeze protection is necessary to require referencing the lowest mean temperature for one day
    • Rewritten and reorganized Chapter 25, moving to single-point density design options for new systems rather than the use of density/area curves
    • New Chapter 26, combining special design criteria for storage applications
    • Inclusion of new provisions for nitrogen generators and multiple-row rack depths, and supervision requirements for dry pipe systems

    Help ensure you and your team have the most complete information and knowledge on developing fire sprinkler protection for all types of occupancies.

    The NFPA 13, Automatic Sprinkler Systems Handbook, 2022 edition, is your go-to resource for exclusive content that provides insight and clarification to the NFPA 13 standard from the experts. Stay current and compliant by ordering your copy today.

  • Table of Contents (2022 Current Edition)

    Contents 

    Preface  

    Acknowledgments  

    About the Editors 

    NFPA 13 Summary of Technical Changes 

     

    Chapters 

    1 Administration 

    2 Referenced Publications 

    3 Definitions 

    4 General Requirements 

    5 Water Supplies 

    6 Installation Underground Piping 

    7 Requirements for System Components and Hardware 

    8 System Types and Requirements 

    9 Sprinkler Location Requirements 

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

    11 Installation Requirements for Extended Coverage Upright, Pendent, Sidewall Spray Sprinkler 

    12 Installation Requirements for Residential Sprinklers 

    13 Installation Requirements for CMSA Sprinklers 

    14 Installation Requirements for Early Suppression Fast-Response Sprinklers 

    15 Installation Requirements for Special Sprinklers  

    16 Installation of Piping, Valves and Appurtenances 

    17 Installation Requirements for Hanging and Support of System Piping 

    18 Installation Requirements for Seismic Protection 

    19 Design Approaches 

    20 General Requirements for Storage 

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

    22 CMSA Requirements for Storage Applications 

    23 ESFR Requirements for Storage Applications 

    24 Alternative Sprinkler System Designs for Chapters 20 Through 25 

    25 Protection of Rack Storage Using In-Rack Sprinklers 

    26 Special Designs of Storage Protection 

    27 Special Occupancy Requirements 

    28 Plans and Calculations 

    29 Systems Acceptance 

    30 Existing System Modifications 

    31 Marine Systems 

    32 System Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance 

      

    Annexes   

    A Explanatory Material 

    B Miscellaneous Topics 

    C Explanation of Test Data and Procedures for Rack Storage 

    D Sprinkler System Information from the 2021 Edition of the Life Safety Code 

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

    F Informational References 

     

    Index  

    Important Notices and Legal Disclaimers

  • Prior Editions

    2019 Edition

     

    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 essential water-based fire protection resource was developed for engineers, designers, contractors, inspectors, and AHJs. (Print, 1,278 pp., 2019)


    2016 Edition

     

    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)

  • NFPA eForms

    NFPA® makes available PDF versions of some forms originally published in earlier editions of our NFPA Standards and handbooks. These eForms allow you to fill in the form fields electronically and then save, print, or share the file. NFPA eForms are intended for use on computers and are compatible with some mobile devices and apps. An internet connection is not needed to fill in and save the forms once they are downloaded to your device.

    NFPA eForms can be used with many PDF applications. Functions of the specific PDF application will work on the forms. For example, most PDF applications include a signature feature, allowing you to use your finger, stylus, or mouse to sign a document. Note that it is recommended that the eForms be viewed and filled in through Adobe Acrobat Reader or higher, and not using the default reader of your device, for example, the iOS reader on iPhones.

    Note that NFPA eForms are not compatible with the NFPA eLibrary app.

    Features of the NFPA eForms include:

    • Editable fields and checkboxes that allow you to enter content
    • Spell check
    • Easy file sharing (through email or Cloud storage)
    • Printing
    • Basic PDF markup tools, including highlighting and comment boxes
    • A "Learn More" button with explanatory comments to help you understand the requirements necessary to complete the form
    • Electronic signature
    • Searching form text
    • Table of contents with links to each form within the file
    • Dedicated placeholder to add company logo

    Additional features that may be available, depending on PDF software/app you choose:

    • Text message sharing of forms
    • Attaching files to PDF (including audio files)
    • Duplicating forms
    • Advanced tools, including inserting stamps and inserting images
    • Clearing all fields at once
    • Searching extended to include form fields
    • Extracting pages from the full file
    • Save'flattened' option that prevents further editing of content entered into form fields
    • Automatic saving when closing the file
    • Date fields with scroll bar selection

    Directions on how to use on a desktop or mobile device are provided on the first page of the PDF.

  • eForms Table of Contents (2019)

    eForms Table of Contents

    • Owner's Information Certificate
    • Seismic Bracing Calculation Form
    • Hydraulic Report Sheets
    • Storage Sprinkler Design Checklist
    • Plan Review Checklist
    • Contractor's Material and Test Certificate for Aboveground Piping
    • Contractor's Material and Test Certificate for Underground Piping
    • Sprinkler System General Information

     

  • NFPA PDF Products

    If you purchased a PDF, licensed PDFs can be accessed immediately. Instructions can be found in your order confirmation.

    Effective with the annual 2020 code cycle, NFPA® will no longer offer access to the PDF format as a choice for new editions of codes and standards, handbooks, or other reference titles. Existing PDFs will remain in-market and will still be accessible in our National Fire Codes® Subscription Service (NFCSS™). For more information about the different format options available to access essential code and standard content you need, click here.

  • Historical Editions

    Previous editions of NFPA® documents are available for sale. Please see applicable NFPA codes and standards product pages to confirm which editions are available for purchase. If you have any questions, contact NFPA Customer Support at 1-800-344-3555 or nfpa.org/customerservice.

  • Also in Fire Protection Systems