According to Matt Klaus, designing suppression systems is often as simple as turning to NFPA 13, Installation of Sprinkler Systems. But NFPA 13 may be only one of several NFPA codes and standards you need to review when dealing with industrial facilities, where the required suppression system may encompass special features and design requirements.
In addition to NFPA 13, you may have to consult NFPA 15, Water Spray Fixed Systems for Fire Protection, for example, or NFPA 16, Installation of Foam-Water Sprinkler and Foam-Water Spray Systems, or NFPA 2001, Clean Agent Fire Extinguishing Systems. Relying solely on NFPA 13 can be a costly mistake, says Klaus in his new column “When 13 Isn’t Enough” in the latest issue of NFPA Journal. If you want to avoid delayed openings and costly change orders, make sure you understand the hazards and system requirements for your occupancy, and consult all the codes and standards that apply.