The products we store in warehouses and how we store them is a lot different today than it was just a couple decades ago. That fact is one of the driving forces behind a few of the bigger changes and updates proposed for the 2016 edition of NFPA 13, Installation of Sprinkler Systems.
The article “Big + Bigger” in the May/June issue of NFPA Journal looks at some of the more notable changes in the upcoming edition of NFPA 13, as explained by NFPA principal fire protection engineer Matt Klaus.
“Of the biggest-picture changes we made, a lot of them focused on storage applications,” Klaus said. “Warehousing and distribution have become a huge deal.”
The changes highlighted in the NFPA Journal article include information of the new and updated commodity classification tables in NFPA 13, which take into account all of the new products, materials, packaging and storage arrangements now in widespread use. The next addition of NFPA 13 will also include new rules for protecting storage facilities that house Group A expanded exposed plastics.
Other changes include new rules for designing sprinkler systems for cloud ceiling arrangements, new metric conversions to make using the standard easier for international users, and more.
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