I am currently designing a sprinkler system for a train distribution hub, said building has a covered loading bay where a train loads and unloads commodities and stores on an attached warehouse.
The loading bay is a closed area with a ceiling is 15.6 meters high ( 51.2 ft) where trains are loaded and unloaded over a period of days. This means that there are incidental storage in this area and, due to the height of the ceiling there is no criteria to design a sprinkler system for storage under the NFPA 13 code.
To resolve this issue, I´ve analysed FM datasheets 3-26 which classifies it as a " cross docking and or package delivery distribution hub "and assigned it as a HC-3 hazzard.
My question is:
Provided that there is no classification under the NFPA 13 code , does a FM classification suffice and/or exceeds the requirements of NFPA in this case?
Look forward to your reply