Vehicles have changed significantly over the years. Modern vehicles present new hazards due to, for example, the incorporation of larger quantities of combustible materials (e.g. fuels, plastics, synthetic materials, etc.) into their designs. As alternative fuel vehicles are popularized, concerns regarding their unique hazards, burn characteristics, and typical burn duration have been raised. Compared to older vehicles, modern vehicles burn differently. Modern parking garages have optimized space requirements for vehicle parking and storage, and often implement automated retrieval features and car stacking, which can present unique hazards. Thus, it raises the question as to whether the safety infrastructure of these parking facilities and vehicle carriers (i.e. maritime vessels) have kept pace.
The Fire Protection Research Foundation recently distributed a new "Request for Proposals" for a project contractor to address this issue. The goal of this project is to quantify the fire hazard of modern vehicles within parking structures and vehicle carriers to provide guidance (e.g. on design criteria, sprinkler system requirements, etc.) for the applicable technical committees, including NFPA 13, NFPA 88A, and NFPA 301.
Please see the attached PDF for the scope of work or go to the Fire Protection Research Foundation’s website at www.nfpa.org/foundation for more information. Please submit your proposals by August 30, 2019 at 5:00 pm EST.