RFP now open for Fire Protection Research Foundation project on “Combustible Gas Distribution in Buildings and Detector Location Analysis”

Blog Post created by sranganathan Employee on Aug 27, 2019

Recent experiences with combustible gas releases in residential buildings have led to a proposal for NFPA Standards Development for locating combustible gas detectors and consensus on installation location requirements. NFPA is considering a proposed project on detector location and installation, similar to the Standard NFPA 720, "Standard for the Installation of Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detection and Warning Equipment." To date, technical analysis for justifying combustible gas detector installation location is lacking to support standards development. This study is proposed to address the residential installation criteria for these devices and systems.


The overall goal of this project is to clarify the technical basis of location requirements for installation of gas detectors for the detection of combustible gases in residential occupancies.


  • The scope of this project will be based on the following:
  • Potential accidental release points of gases in residential occupancies separately involving each of these three combustible gases: natural gas, methane and propane,
  • Transport mechanisms of gases and barriers (including buoyancies of gases),
  • Flammability of gases,
  • Related occupant needs for notification for emergency responses,
  • Discrimination of combustible gas alarms from other hazard notifications, and
  • Gas detectors including but not limited to listed devices (e.g., UL 1484 listed devices).


This research program will be conducted under the auspices of the Research Foundation in accordance with Foundation Policies and will be guided by a Project Technical Panel who will provide input to the project, review periodic reports of progress and research results, and review the final project report. The Research Foundation will engage a contractor with appropriate technical expertise to conduct the project.


You can find the RFP on the Foundation website. The deadline for proposals is 5 pm Eastern Time on 10 September 2019.