NFPA 13: Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems

Current Edition: 2013, Next Edition: 2016

NFPA 13 is the standard used worldwide for the design and installation of automatic fire sprinkler systems. The codes and standards are considered by experts as living documents, where new technology, testing, and actual fire experiences are used to make changes.

This has been true with NFPA 13, especially in the storage and warehousing sprinkler design guidelines. New sprinkler head technology, such as low pressure ESFR and Extended Coverage sprinklers have changed the way we design sprinkler systems in warehouses. With these new technology sprinkler heads, a business owner can achieve a lot more for less money.

Protections and designs, such as low pressure ESFR sprinklers that can be designed in most cases without an expensive fire pump, also aid fire fighter safety, by enabling more buildings to be designed with sprinkler heads that extinguish fire, rather than control it, thereby avoiding manual fire fighting operations.

Extended coverage heads is specific to a variety of storage schemes and racks (such as Gondolas) with solid shelves to avoid the expense and maintenance of in-rack sprinklers in retail occupancies.

While new technology in NFPA 13 allows for more options, these designs have very specific limitations that must be adhered to. We can provide architects, business owners, sprinkler contractors, and developers with sprinkler options to help select the best sprinkler system to meet their needs.

Frequently asked questions on the application of ESFR sprinklers can be found in our article titled ESFR Sprinklers The Perfect Solution To Warehouse Fire Protection? Differences between the storage chapters of the 2002 Edition (previously adopted standard) and the 2010 Edition are summarized in NFPA 13 2010 Ed. Sprinkler Protection of Storage Occupancy in California.

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NFPA 13 Related Articles

  •    ESFR Sprinklers The Perfect Solution To Warehouse Fire Protection?
  •             Can smoke and heat vents be installed with ESFR systems?
  •             Can draft curtains be installed with an ESFR system?
  •             Can ESFR systems protect all types of rack storage?
  •             With ESFR installed, can any business store however they want?
  •             Cases where In-Rack sprinklers and ESFR systems are required!
  •             Are sprinkler systems required below catwalks with ESFR?
  •             What are common misunderstandings seen in application of ESFR's?
  •    NFPA 13 2010 Ed. Sprinkler Protection of Storage Occupancy in California
  •             Formatting Changes in the 2010 Edition of NFPA 13
  •             Back to Back Shelf Storage
  •             CMSA and ESFR Tables in the 2010 Edition of NFPA 13
  •             Chapter 20 - Special Designs of Storage Protection
  •             Excessive Clearances
  •             Truncated Curves
  •    Sprinkler Protection Simplified
  •             Sprinkler Issues from Change in Occupancy or Change in Use
  •             Application and Use of CMDA, CMSA, ESFR Sprinkler Systems
  •             Extended Coverage Sprinkler Heads
  •    NFPA 13 2013 Edition ESFR Code Changes
  •    NFPA 13 Free Online Access



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