Christopher Culp is the director of fire and life safety and a principal at Henderson Engineers. He leads technical and standards development for Henderson’s 80-person fire and life safety discipline and has more than 25 years of experience at the firm in the design of fire protection systems and building code compliance. Culp also serves on multiple National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) technical committees.
The NFPA’s 13, 13D and 13R standards spell out when fire sprinkler systems should include freeze protection. Read on to discover sources to determine an area’s minimum temperature and whether freeze protection is warranted.
Many plumbing and fire protection professionals are familiar with the basic fire pump design standards and requirements stated in NFPA 20, Standard for the Installation of Stationary Pumps for Fire Protection.
No matter the building status, ITM is absolutely essential to ensure sprinkler systems are healthy and functional at all times. However, when buildings are vacant and a pandemic restricts travel, creative ideas must be considered.
The commissioning and integrated testing of a building’s fire protection and life safety systems benefit the building owner and its occupants by validating the intended system design, installation, performance and operation.