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New report studies fire flow water consumption

Blog Post created by mikehazell Employee on Jun 18, 2012

Attendees of the “Fire Flow Water Consumption in Sprinklered and Unsprinklered Buildings: An Assessment of Community Impacts” presentation reviewed the recent Fire Protection Research Foundation report analyzing the fire protection water demand for various building types, including residential dwellings.

Download Fire Flow Water Consumption in Sprinklered and Unsprinklered Buildings.

The study, presented by Will Smith of Code Consultants, Inc., analyzed the cost impacts of sprinklered and unsprinklered buildings for the end user and water purveyor, comparing water usage for commissioning, testing, and maintenance with theoretical code-required water consumption during a fire. 

The report concludes that the amount of water used during a fire in a sprinklered building is less than that of an unsprinklered building. In addition, in most cases, the amount of water required per year in a sprinklered building for commissioning, inspection, testing, and maintenance of systems is less than that of an unsprinklered building.

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