Journal NOW: New NFPA Journal looks at protection requirements for concealed spaces

Blog Post created by scottsutherland Employee on Jul 16, 2018
Walk down a hallway in an office building, hospital, or other commercial property with suspended ceilings, and you’ll likely see sprinklers protecting the occupied space below.
But are sprinklers needed for the space above?
That’s the question Matt Klaus, technical services lead for fire protection engineering at NFPA, addresses in his “In Compliance” article in the new July/August issue of NFPA Journal. 
NFPA 13, Installation of Sprinkler Systems, provides a list of concealed spaces above drop ceilings that do not require sprinklers. But the most common arrangement on that list, Klaus writes, is also the one that raises the most questions.
Klaus takes a closer look at the concept of “minimal combustible loading” and other points related to the question of sprinkler protection in concealed spaces.