Kevin Hall, M.Eng., P.E., CET, CWBSP, PMSFPE is the coordinator of engineering and technical services for the American Fire Sprinkler Association. He has been in the fire protection industry for nearly 10 years. He is a registered professional engineer in Delaware and Maryland, and has real-world experience on the contractor side of the industry and in the design and installation of sprinkler systems. Hall is a member of several NFPA technical committees, and represents AFSA on the majority of UL standard technical panels involving the sprinkler industry.
The requirements of residential sprinkler systems are similar across the three installation standards, with a few variations to provide cost-saving options for homeowners. Where additional protections are necessary or desired, it is up to the engineer to specify.
This month, Kevin Hall from the National Fire Sprinkler Association joined this column to help us better understand preaction systems, one type of fire sprinkler system. There are three types of preaction systems and understanding their differences can aid in making an informed decision on the kind of system to use in different scenarios.