2019 NFPA 20 Standard - Current Edition
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  • Description

    Revised to recognize new technologies and improve application, the 2019 edition of NFPA 20 helps you provide state-of-the-art fire protection.

    Industry-trusted NFPA 20, Standard for the Installation of Stationary Pumps for Fire Protection gives you the latest provisions to help ensure fire pump readiness and reliability. This Standard offers comprehensive requirements for fire pumps, limited service controllers, and pumps in series. Designers, engineers, contractors, and installers can look to this expanded source for the latest coverage of today's technologies and up-to-date requirements for:

    • Fire pump design
    • Electrical and mechanical construction
    • Acceptance testing
    • Operation

    Added requirements address recent advancement in the field.

    This edition includes first-time or expanded coverage of technologies such as:

    • Automated inspection and testing
    • Distance monitoring
    • Automated valves
    • Self-regulating variable speed fire pump units

    Other improvements help you avoid errors and misinterpretations.

    The requirements for hydraulic cranking systems are revised to distinguish between systems used as primary cranking systems and those used as secondary cranking systems. Annex C is revised significantly to make data formatting more universal. New definitions include the term very tall building, and the requirements pertaining to this type of building are expanded, including those for automatic tank refill valves. For the facts you need on fire pumps, update to the new NFPA 20. (Print,198 pp., 2019)


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  • Table of Contents (2019 Current Edition)

    NFPA® 20 Standard for the Installation of Stationary Pumps for Fire Protection, 2019 Edition

    Chapter 1 Administration
    1.1 Scope.
    1.2 Purpose.
    1.3 Application.
    1.4 Retroactivity.
    1.5 Equivalency.
    1.6 Units.
    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 Pumps.
    4.2 Approval Required.
    4.3 Pump Operation.
    4.4 Fire Pump Unit Performance.
    4.5 Certified Shop Test.
    4.6 Liquid Supplies.
    4.7 Pumps, Drivers, and Controllers.
    4.8 Self-Regulating Variable Speed Fire Pump Units.
    4.9 Multistage Multiport Pump.
    4.10 Centrifugal Fire Pump Capacities.
    4.11 Nameplate.
    4.12 Pressure Gauges.
    4.13 Circulation Relief Valve.
    4.14 Equipment Protection.
    4.15 Pipe and Fittings.
    4.16 Suction Pipe and Fittings.
    4.17 Discharge Pipe and Fittings.
    4.18 Valve Supervision.
    4.19 Protection of Piping Against Damage Due to Movement.
    4.20 Relief Valves for Centrifugal Pumps.
    4.21 Pumps Arranged in Series.
    4.22 Water Flow Test Devices.
    4.23 Steam Power Supply Dependability.
    4.24 Shop Tests.
    4.25 Pump Shaft Rotation.
    4.26 Other Signals.
    4.27 Pressure Maintenance (Jockey or Make-Up) Pumps.
    4.28 Summary of Centrifugal Fire Pump Data.
    4.29 Backflow Preventers and Check Valves.
    4.30 Earthquake Protection.
    4.31 Packaged Fire Pump Assemblies.
    4.32 Pressure Actuated Controller Pressure Sensing Lines.
    4.33 Break Tanks.
    4.34 Field Acceptance Test of Pump Units.
    4.35 Automated Inspection, Testing, and Distance Monitoring of Devices, Meters, and Equipment.
    Chapter 5 Fire Pumps for High-Rise Buildings
    5.1 General.
    5.2 Equipment Access.
    5.3 Water Supply Tanks.
    5.4 Fire Pump Test Arrangement.
    5.5 AuxiliaryAlternate Power.
    5.6 Very Tall Buildings.
    Chapter 6 Centrifugal Pumps
    6.1 General.
    6.2 Factory and Field Performance.
    6.3 Fittings.
    6.4 Foundation and Setting.
    6.5 Connection to Driver and Alignment.
    Chapter 7 Vertical Shaft Turbine–Type Pumps
    7.1 General.
    7.2 Water Supply.
    7.3 Pump.
    7.4 Installation.
    7.5 Driver.
    7.6 Operation and Maintenance.
    Chapter 8 Positive Displacement Pumps
    8.1 General.
    8.2 Foam Concentrate and Additive Pumps.
    8.3 Water Mist System Pumps.
    8.4 Water Mist Positive Displacement Pumping Units.
    8.5 Fittings.
    8.6 Pump Drivers.
    8.7 Controllers.
    8.8 Foundation and Setting.
    8.9 Driver Connection and Alignment.
    8.10 Flow Test Devices.
    Chapter 9 Electric Drive for Pumps
    9.1 General.
    9.2 Normal Power.
    9.3 Alternate Power.
    9.4 Voltage Drop.
    9.5 Motors.
    9.6 On-Site Standby Generator Systems.
    9.7 Junction Boxes.
    9.8 Listed Electrical Circuit Protective System to Controller Wiring.
    9.9 Raceway Terminations.
    Chapter 10 Electric-Drive Controllers and Accessories
    10.1 General.
    10.2 Location.
    10.3 Construction.
    10.4 Components.
    10.5 Starting and Control.
    10.6 Controllers Rated in Excess of 600 V.
    10.7 Limited Service Controllers.
    10.8 Power Transfer for Alternate Power Supply.
    10.9 Controllers for Additive Pump Motors.
    10.10 Controllers with Variable Speed Pressure Limiting Control or Variable Speed Suction Limiting Control.
    Chapter 11 Diesel Engine Drive
    11.1 General.
    11.2 Engines.
    11.3 Pump Room.
    11.4 Fuel Supply and Arrangement.
    11.5 Engine Exhaust.
    11.6 Diesel Engine Driver System Operation.
    Chapter 12 Engine Drive Controllers
    12.1 Application.
    12.2 Location.
    12.3 Construction.
    12.4 Components.
    12.5 Battery Recharging.
    12.6 Battery Chargers.
    12.7 Starting and Control.
    12.8 Air-Starting Engine Controllers.
    Chapter 13 Steam Turbine Drive
    13.1 General.
    13.2 Turbine.
    13.3 Installation.
    Chapter 14 Acceptance Testing, Performance, and Maintenance
    14.1 Hydrostatic Tests and Flushing.
    14.2 Field Acceptance Tests.
    14.3 Record Drawings, Test Reports, Manuals, Special Tools, and Spare Parts.
    14.4 Periodic Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance.
    14.5 Component Replacement.
    Annex A Explanatory Material
    Annex B Possible Causes of Pump Troubles
    Annex C Fire Pump Room Connectivity
    Annex D Material Extracted by NFPA 70, Article 695
    Annex E Informational References
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  • Prior Editions

    Apply NFPA 20, Standard for the Installation of Stationary Pumps for Fire Protection to ensure fire pump readiness and reliability.

    NFPA 20 is the industry's trusted source for comprehensive rules concerning stationary fire pump design, electrical and mechanical construction, acceptance testing, and operation. Installers and maintainers rely on this Standard for guidance on the full range of fire pumps -- including centrifugal, vertical shaft turbine-type, and positive displacement -- limited service controllers, and pumps arranged in series. Each successive edition of NFPA 20 builds on new research and experience in the field. Compliance helps users avoid malfunctions and make sure pumps can deliver on cue.

    • The 2016 edition of NFPA 20, Standard for the Installation of Stationary Pumps for Fire Protection provides first-time requirements for multistage multiport pumps that give designers and engineers more options. This edition also clarifies the requirements for fire pumps arranged in series with new information designers and contractors will need to know to install these types of pump arrangements correctly and ensure they can communicate as intended.
    • The 2013 edition of NFPA 20, Standard for the Installation of Stationary Pumps for Fire Protection responds to industry developments with added coverage of water mist positive displacement pumping units. New provisions addressing diesel engine shutdowns help you avoid equipment damage during testing operations. Other changes include criteria for flow meters to determine accuracy and the need for recalibration. A new rule mandates a flow test within 12 months prior to submission of working plans.
    • The 2010 edition of NFPA 20, Standard for the Installation of Stationary Pumps for Fire Protection includes an all-new Chapter 5 on high-rise buildings, with special provisions based on design practices, risk exposure, and fire fighter operations. Some of the most complex fire pump projects are in high-rises, and this edition of the Standard adds information that is vital to engineers, building owners, and AHJs.
    • The 2007 edition of NFPA 20, Standard for the Installation of Stationary Pumps for Fire Protection broadens coverage with added information on variable speed drive applications, new calculation methods for pressure relief valves and test header piping, and new applications for pressure reducing valves.


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  • eForms Table of Contents (2019)

    eForms Table of Contents

    • Fire Pump Weekly Inspection
    • Fire Pump Weekly Operating Tests
    • Fire Pump Monthly Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance
    • Fire Pump Quarterly Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance
    • Fire Pump Semi-annual Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance
    • Fire Pump Annual Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance
    • Fire Pump Annual Performance Test
    • Centrifugal Fire Pump Acceptance Test Form
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