The May/June issue of NFPA Journal includes several features on changes to important NFPA codes and standards, including a comprehensive reorganization of the 2019 edition of NFPA 13, Installation of Sprinkler Systems.
In “The Makeover,” David Hague, staff liaison for NFPA 13, outlines the process that resulted in a clearer, leaner, and more effective tool for the installation of sprinkler systems.
“Information is now clearly separated by subject matter—sprinkler technology, storage method, commodity, and so on—and is organized in the order the information is needed for anyone planning a sprinkler system installation,” Hague writes. One of the examples he provides is available water supply, which is one of the first considerations when planning a sprinkler system. In the previous edition of NFPA 13, he notes, water supply wasn’t addressed until Chapter 24, so an engineer or designer had to flip from front to back to reference the information. In the 2019 edition, water supply is addressed in Chapter 5.
The article also includes information on three education sessions on NFPA 13 scheduled for the NFPA Conference & Expo in Las Vegas.
For more information on NFPA 13, visit nfpa.org/13.