Journal NOW: New NFPA Journal looks at commissioning giant assembly spaces, Airbnb safety concerns, the latest from the cannabis industry, and more

Blog Post created by scottsutherland Employee on Jul 5, 2018
The Cotai Strip in Macau, China, is home to a bevy of immense resort casinos that are among the world’s large assembly occupancies, some covering more than 10 million square feet.
As experts will tell you, as buildings grow, so do the commissioning and testing challenges.
That’s the focus of “MEGA,” the cover story in the July/August issue of NFPA Journal. The article offers a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at commissioning these megaoccupancies, and provides readers with an assortment of key takeaways. 
“These project can include over 100 peer-to-peer fire detection and alarm panels with hundreds of auxiliary power supplies monitoring and controlling more than 10,000 devices,” write the authors, Robert Keough and David LeBlanc of Jensen Hughes. “Those devices, in turn, are integrated with over 100 sprinkler system zones, alternate suppression systems, elevator controllers, and more than 50 (each) smoke control and access control systems. This does not include the number of generators monitored, shutters and door closers controlled, and a variety of other emergency control functions associated with mega-integrated systems.”

Elsewhere in the issue, associate editor Jesse Roman offers an update on the
North American cannabis industry and the concerns it’s raising among the fire service, inspectors, and others. Staff writer Angelo Verzoni includes a story on safety concerns surrounding Airbnb rentals, and how the rapidly expanding types of occupancies used for the service are creating regulatory and inspectional challenges. 
The issue also includes an overview of the 2017 U.S. Firefighter Fatalities Report.