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A new Fire Protection Research Foundation report has been published, titled "Total Evacuation Systems For Tall Buildings: Literature Review." The report was authored by Enrico Ronchi and Daniel Nilsson of Lund University in Sweden.

Sky bridgeBuilding evacuation strategies are a critical element in high rise building fire safety. Research to date has focused on elevators and exit stairs; however, there is a need to apply this research to relocation and evacuation systems which may include combinations of these two exit strategies as well as new egress components such as sky bridges for tall buildings.

Accordingly, the Fire Protection Research Foundation initiated this project with the objective to study possible improvements to life safety of tall buildings through an investigation of occupant relocation and evacuation strategies involving the use of exit stairs, elevators, sky bridges and combinations thereof. The study consists of a review and compilation of existing information on this topic as well as the conduct of case study simulations of a multi component exit strategy. This review provides the architectural design, regulatory, and research communities with a more thorough understanding of the current and emerging evacuation procedures and possible future options. This report documents the literature review that was undertaken for the project.

Every year at NFPA's Conference and Expo, there are plenty of opportunities to learn more about what's going on within the NFPA sprinkler project. The 2013 C&E in Chicago will be no different. There will be apre-conference seminar on NFPA 13 as well as NFPA 25, for those who would like to have a step-by-step walk-through of the respective standards. There will also be a post-conference Seminar on NFPA 25. These pre-and post-con seminars are also a great way to get the latest and greatest information in those standards if you have not had a refresher on the information that is in the standards lately. In addition to the full day seminars, there will also be many educational educational sessions provided midweek as part of the conference. Sessions will include the NFPA 25 2014 edition update, NFPA 13 sprinkler omission rules explained, test late recent test information unexposed expanded group a plastics and a review of the changes made to NFPA 13 RMD in the 2013 addition.

This is a great opportunity for four members of the sprinkler industry to hone in on their craft, whether a sprinkler designer, insurance representative or HJ, all of these Ed sessions and seminars will provide important information to help you get the job done.… And I hear the deep dish pizza in Chicago is pretty good too.

Reflecting on the tragic nightclub fire in Brazil earlier this week that claimed the lives of more than 230 individuals when a flare ignited soundproofing on the ceiling, NFPA President Jim Shannon talked about the need  to have sprinklers in all public assembly occupancies. Shannon called the Brazil scenario heartbreaking saying that what makes it heartbreaking is that it can be avoided with adherence to codes including the use of sprinklers.


Shannon also talked about the ways patrons can play a role in their own safety by being aware of their surroundings -- knowing where the exits are, checking for sprinklers and smoke alarms.


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NFPA 13, The Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems, along with the other sprinkler installation standards, NFPA 13R, NFPA 13 D, NFPA 24, and NFPA 291 are currently open for public input. Public input is the term now used at NFPA to address a code change proposal to a technical document.

Submitting public input can be done in three easy steps.

1)Log in to the document information page of the standar NFPA13-13 Code Cover Frontd you would like to submit public input too. (for NFPA 13 use

2)Find the code section you would like to modify and enter your changes in the text editor.

3)Provide a substantiation for your proposed change to the standard and click submit.

Once you have completed those three steps your proposed change will be sent to the  technical committee responsible for the section of the standard you would like to change. Your public input will be reviewed and acted upon at the First Draft meeting this summer.

It is important to remember that NFPA 13 and its associated  documents have a modified public input closing date of May 31. That means that all changes proposed changes to NFPA 13 and the other sprinkler design and installation standards must be submitted online through the new online submission process by that date.

We look forward to reviewing your proposed changes and look forward to another exciting cycle for the NFPA 13 committees.

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