New NFPA Journal column addresses how to use equivalencies in NFPA 13

Blog Post created by jesseroman Employee on Sep 18, 2015

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Despite its 400-plus pages. NFPA 13, Installation of Sprinkler Systems, makes an admission that it does not, and never will, contain all of the answers to every question and every scenario encountered by its users.

To that end, sections 1.5 and 1.7 of NFPA 13 address equivalencies to the standard as a means of addressing new technology, alternative means and methods, and matters otherwise not provided for.

Matt Klaus, an NFPA principal fire protection engineer and staff liaison for NFPA 13, addresses these equivalencies and how they are meant to be used in his new In Compliance column “Other Means,” in the new September/October issue of NFPA Journal.

Learn more about this issue by reading Klaus’s column at