KnA Seminar – Hazardous Materials

March 24th, 2017

This 4-hour seminar presented on April 4th at the Ben Clark Training Center in Riverside, CA will provide an understanding of the hazardous materials classifications as defined in the Fire and Building Codes and their effect on occupancy classification. The seminar includes workshops designed to help develop a better understanding of the presented materials.  Read more

KnA Seminar – High Piled Storage

February 23rd, 2017

This 8-hour seminar will provide a detailed understanding of the hazards associated with high-piled combustible storage. This seminar is part of the yearly California Fire Prevention Institute in Buellton, CA. 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 California Fire Code (2016 Edition) and NFPA 13 (2016 Edition).  Read more

ESFR Sprinklers – The Perfect Solution To Warehouse Fire Protection? (Updated)

February 1st, 2017

Explore with us in this article the do’s and don’ts of using ESFR sprinkler systems. We discuss common pitfalls in applying these types of sprinkler systems and provide detailed explanations on their correct usage including applicable codes and regulations. Presented are the latest updates on this subject matter based on the 2013 and 2016 editions of NFPA 13, FM Global Property Loss Prevention Data Sheets, and relevant results from the latest fire tests with ESFR sprinkler systems.  Read more

KnA Seminar – BIG BOX 101

January 10th, 2017

Klausbruckner & Associates is announcing the seminar “BIG BOX 101” for Wednesday, February 1st 2017. The seminar will review fire protection and life safety perspectives for large “big box” warehouses and is targeting fire prevention officials, developers, builders, consultants, architects and engineers. A big box warehouse is a facility that is over 300,000-sf with 28-foot ceilings or higher.  Read more

Fire Codes for Energy Storage Systems

January 4th, 2017

ESSIn recent years, there has been a marked increase in the deployment of various types of battery technologies for use in Energy Storage Systems (ESS). Code enforcing bodies, such as local Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs), are asked to successfully address risks associated with these new battery technologies. However, there is little or no guidance and direction on how to deal with associated hazards, or more specifically, on how to review a successful fire protection approach.  Read more

KnA’s Drive for the Homeless

December 12th, 2016

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

K&A Seminars – Flammable and Combustible Liquids in Containers and Portable Tanks

October 14th, 2016

Klausbruckner & Associates is announcing a new seminar for November 9th 2016. This seminar will provide a detailed overview of the latest fire and building code provisions associated with flammable and combustible liquids in containers and portable tanks. Discussed will be code changes from the 2013 to the 2016 Edition of the California Fire Code (CFC).  Read more

Distillery Storage Dilemmas

May 5th, 2016

Distillery DilemmaFire code professionals, businesses and building owners are facing the dilemma on how to successfully address fire protection issues when working on distilleries and storage of distilled goods. NFPA Standards and Fire Codes provide only some of the answers. Despite a considerable number of fire tests and subsequent advancements in the fire and building codes, there is still a need to creatively resolve many of the remaining unanswered questions.  Read more

Mary Eriksen-Rattan Award 2016

April 4th, 2016

CA Fire Chief AssociationElley Klausbruckner, Principal and Fire and Life Safety Code Consultant at Klausbruckner & Associates, was awarded the Mary Eriksen-Rattan Award at the Annual California Fire Prevention Institute in Buellton, California. This distinguished award was presented by the California Fire Chiefs Association on March 17th.  Read more

FM Global New High Piled Rack Storage Protections

March 21st, 2016

FM GlobalFM Global updated their Data Sheet 8-9 with new high-piled rack storage protection schemes. These new protection options can reduce installation costs by as much as 50%. Large-scale fire tests were used to validate these alternative designs. They demonstrated that large orifice sprinklers and higher flow rates can be successfully applied to not only simplify the sprinkler system but also reduce the total sprinkler water demand. These new protections apply to all commodities including high hazard (plastics) commodities.  Read more