Gather Your Tools, Pt.3 – Fire Sprinkler References

As fire sprinkler designers, most of our time looking up codes is spent reading through NFPA-13, the fire sprinkler designers bible.  However, after a short amount of time reading through 13, we notice that not everything we need to know about a sprinkler system is contained in the book.  Standpipe systems need to be designed according to NFPA-14.  Fire pumps needs to be designed according to NFPA-20.  Many times it is often necessary to reference NFPA-101 for life safety purposes.  We could go on and on with water tanks, foam systems, residential systems, etc, etc.  This is just a brief list of NFPA references and I haven’t even touched on building codes and local ordinances.  Before we know it, we have a reference list of code books that is longer then we care for it to be and the costs of all those books would break the bank of many design department’s budget. Continue reading “Gather Your Tools, Pt.3 – Fire Sprinkler References”