KnA Seminar – Storage Requirements: NFPA 13 2019 Ed. and IFC

July 10th, 2019

On October 4th in San Diego, CA, K&A will present a course on basic requirements contained in Chapter 32, High-Piled Combustible Storage of the International Fire Code (IFC) and NFPA 13 2019 Edition. Smoke and heat vents in context of sprinkler protection will be reviewed along with aisle and maximum storage dimension requirements. Discussions also include IFC requirements for protecting storage and their effect on sprinkler system specification.  Read more

NFPA 13 2019 – Opinion on the In-Rack Chapter

July 8th, 2019

The new layout of NFPA 13 may be beneficial for new users of the standard, but it can also create confusion and dismay for experienced users as they will have to search and relocate familiar regulations and determine how these new, sometimes reworded and reformatted sections, tables, and paragraphs relate to each other. This is especially true when looking at the new in-rack Chapter 25 of NFPA 13. After using the new standard for some time now, and Chapter 25 in particular, which left me wondering on more than one occasion, I feel a need to share my experiences and observations concerning this steep learning curve. Here is a summary of my conclusions on the reformat.  Read more

ESFR K-28 For 50 ft Storage without In-Racks

June 27th, 2019

FMBased on the recent successful fire test of 50-ft rack storage in single and double row racks with cartoned unexpanded Group A Plastics (and encapsulated/ unencapsulated Class I–IV commodities), FM Global approved a new type of ESFR sprinkler for high-challenge storage applications, the ESFR K-28. It is approved as a ceiling-only, quick-response, wet-pipe, pendent storage sprinkler.  Read more

Lithium-Ion Based Energy Storage Systems

June 17th, 2019

ESSLithium-Ion based energy storage systems have become increasingly important in recent years, and as a result much effort has been expended in describing and solving the fire protection concerns regarding these types of (battery) systems. The 2018 International Fire Code added Section 608, FM Global released DS 5-33 and the National Fire Protection Association proposed Standard 855 to address concerns arising from the storage and use of these systems. However, only limited test data are available  Read more

KnA Seminar Distilleries and Marijuana Extraction Facilities

May 7th, 2019

On May 13th in Longbeach, CA, this 2-hour seminar sponsored by the SoCAL Fire Prevention Office will provide a basic understanding of the hazards associated with the operation of distillery and marijuana processing facilities. The seminar is targeted towards fire and building inspectors, fire prevention officers and professionals. Discussed will be the latest fire and building codes and regulations.  Read more

NFPA 13 2019 Edition – ESFR Code Changes

February 20th, 2019

The newest edition of NFPA 13 (2019 Edition) will be adopted as early as 2019. However, the vast majority of states and jurisdictions will be adopting the new standard in January of 2020. In this article we will be focusing on the reformat and new layout of the standard and discussing changes for this latest edition of NFPA 13 in the application and use of ESFR (Early Suppression, Fast Response) sprinkler systems.  Read more

2018 FIRE PROTECTION ENGINEERING SYMPOSIUM

September 24th, 2018

On October 3rd in Northridge, CA, the 2018 Fire Protection Engineering Symposium is sponsored by the Southern California Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE). Invited speakers will present hot topics in the fire protection industry. Also, the newest fire safety technologies will be exhibited. Proceeds benefit the Chapter Scholarship Fund. Come learn about fire protection engineering and support students.  Read more

KnA’s Drive for the Homeless

December 4th, 2017

People Helping PeopleFor the holiday season, Klausbruckner & Associates joined ‘Think Dignity’, which is a local organization in San Diego. Their mission is to inspire, empower, and organize our community to advance basic dignity for those living on the street. Their yearly signature project is a Survival Supply Distribution which mirrored our goal and we teamed up with them for this event!  Read more

KnA Seminar Haz-Mat and Marijuana Facilities

November 2nd, 2017

On November 8th in Carlsbad, CA, this 2-hour seminar sponsored by the SoCAL Fire Prevention Office will provide a basic understanding of the hazards associated with the operation of small marijuana processing facilities. The seminar is targeted towards fire and building inspectors, fire prevention officers and professionals. Discussed will be the latest fire and building codes and regulations, including upcoming 2018 fire code regulations.  Read more

KnA Seminar High-Piled Combustible Storage

April 7th, 2017

On May 11th in San Marcos, Texas, this 4-hour seminar sponsored by the SFPE Austin – San Antonio Chapter will provide a detailed understanding of the hazards associated with high-piled combustible storage. The seminar is targeted towards fire and building inspectors, fire prevention officers and professionals. Discussed will be the latest fire and building codes and regulations, in particular Chapter 32 of the International Fire Code and NFPA 13.  Read more