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

SUPDET 2016 – Conference On Suppression & Detection

March 5th, 2016

2015 SUPDET - Suppression, Detection, Signaling ConferenceNFPA’s Fire Protection Research Foundation hosted this year’s conference on suppression and detection in San Antonio, Texas. Presented were the latest research and developments in the fire protection industry that included a diverse cross-section of subjects, such as ‘ESFR K14 sprinklers and High Clearance Update’, ‘Biomass Commodity Classification’, ‘Sub-Scale Analysis of New Large Aircraft Pool Fire-Suppression ‘, ‘Lithium-ion Energy Storage System Fires’ and many more.  Read more

Sprinkler Protection Under Sloped Ceilings

December 8th, 2015

FM GlobalNFPA’s Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF) initiated a project to determine the impact of sloped ceilings on the protection of storage with ceiling slopes steeper than 2-in-12 (equivalent to 9.5 degrees). As part of this effort, FM Global was tasked to conduct fire simulations to better understand issues and risks associated with storage under sloped ceilings. The results of these sprinkler activation and suppression analyses have now been released by FM Global.  Read more

KnA’s Drive For The Homeless

November 20th, 2015

People Helping PeopleOnce again, for the holiday season, Klausbruckner & Associates teamed up again with the ‘San Diego Coalition for the Homeless’ to create a Homeless Drive for the holiday season in an attempt to make a difference in our community. This drive was supported by local businesses, including Perfection Hair & Nail, and Dr. Richard Bialick, DDS.  Read more

K&A Seminar – Storage Sprinkler Protection, Micro Breweries And Distilleries

October 29th, 2015

Klausbruckner & Associates is announcing the seminar “Storage Sprinkler Protection, Micro Breweries And Distilleries” for Wednesday, November 18th 2015. Presented are basic NFPA 13 storage requirements and fire and building code requirements related to Micro Breweries and Distilleries.  Read more

New ESFR Obstruction Test Results

October 12th, 2015

FPRFNFPA’s Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF) initiated a two-phase study on the effects of obstructions on the ESFR sprinkler system’s ability to suppress fires. Phase one, which was primarily a literature review on the topic, was completed in 2014 and the fire test results from the second phase are now published. The tests were performed on Group A Plastics in rack storage configurations protected by K-17 ESFR sprinklers.  Read more

Upcoming Changes NFPA 13 2016 Edition

October 8th, 2015

NFPA13 2016The proposed changes to the 2016 edition of NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems, were published after the Tech Session at the 2015 NFPA Conference & Expo at the McCormick Place in Chicago. Major changes adopted included extensive revisions to the commodity classification tables, the first in two decades. For the first time in NFPA 13’s history protection schemes for Group A exposed expanded plastics stored in racks were added.  Read more