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May 7, 2013
Antifreeze in Sprinkler Systems – Revising 70 Years of Conventional Wisdom – Intermediate/Advanced – James D. Lake
Antifreeze has been permitted in sprinkler systems for decades. It has become a commonly utilized alternative for the protection of sprinkler piping in unheated spaces. As a result of two tragic fire events the use of antifreeze in sprinkler systems has undergone intense scrutiny and research that has resulted in a series of sweeping changes in how it can be used. This webinar will explore the history of antifreeze in sprinkler systems, provide an overview of the research that influenced the changes in the requirements, and the final results of numerous amendments as they appear now in the NFPA standards.
May 21, 2013
Water Supplies – Intermediate – Roland Asp
The 2013 Editions of NFPA 13, NFPA 22, and NFPA 24 have brought about some changes to the water supply requirements. Some of these include changes on suggested backflow protection requirements and water supply safety factors. This presentation will cover all of the major updates to the water supply requirements for fire sprinkler systems.
June 4, 2013
2013 Edition Criteria for Residential Sprinkler Systems – Intermediate – Victoria B. Valentine, P.E.
With the growing installation of sprinklers in residential occupancies, it is important to be aware of the changes made for the 2013 editions of NFPA 13, NFPA 13R and NFPA 13D. Although residential sprinklers are used in all three standards, there are differences in the criteria for each type of system. This presentation will cover the changes in the spacing and location of sprinklers in residential spaces, including shadow areas, dry sprinklers and obstructions
June 18, 2013
Pump Criteria in the 2013 Edition of NFPA 20 – Intermediate – Kenneth E. Isman, P.E.
The 2013 Edition of NFPA 20 was released by the NFPA in September of 2012 with many changes to the rules for the design and installation of fire pumps. This seminar will focus on the major changes including testing arrangements for systems with meters, evaluating reliability of water supplies and limited service controllers. The presentation will also look at trends in the industry such as the vertical staging of pumps in series that generated a great deal of discussion during the revision cycle, but ultimately resulted in no changes to the document.
2013 SECOND HALF SCHEDULE
July 9, 2013 What Materials Can You Use in NFPA 13D? – Basic – Victoria B. Valentine, P.E.
Many products have specifications that need to be met in order to be used in a fire sprinkler system. NFPA 13D is not as strict as the other sprinkler installation standards, but there are still minimums to be met for the materials that are used. This program will discuss the permitted materials, such as sprinklers, pipe, fittings, pumps, valves, and tanks along with their limitations.
July 23, 2013 NFPA 13D Layout and Detailing– Basic/Intermediate – Roland Asp
NFPA 13D, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes, was originally developed in 1975 as a response to the 1973 report "America Burning”. Approximately 80% of the structure fires in this country occur in residential occupancies along with approximately 80% of the fire deaths. NFPA 13D was developed to combat these staggering statistics while allowing the systems to remain economical to install. NFPA 13D systems provide some unique challenges to the layout technician due to limited water supply, ceiling configurations, and specific listing requirements of residential sprinklers. This presentation will focus on applying the requirements of NFPA 13D as they relate to the layout of fire sprinkler systems in one- and two-family dwellings.
August 6, 2013 NFPA 13D Discharge and Calculations – Basic – Kenneth E. Isman, P.E.
Anyone planning a sprinkler system for a one or two family home will need to know how many sprinklers might open if there was a fire, the flow needed for those sprinklers, the pressure needed at the water supply to push that flow through the system piping, and the duration that the flow needs to last. This seminar will cover the various methods that NFPA 13D and IPC P2904 use to make those determinations and size the piping in the system to prove that it will work with the water supply.
August 20, 2013 NFPA 14 Update – Basic/Intermediate – John Corso
Standpipe systems play a key role in the fire protection of many buildings. NFPA 14 has released a 2013 Edition. This program will focus on the changes and updates that have been made to this new version of the standard. Updates include the addition of definitions to clarify the standard along with new figures to help understand the intent.
September 10, 2013 NFPA 25 Update – Basic/Intermediate – Jason Webb
In order for fire protection systems to function properly over the life of the building, the inspection, testing and maintenance must be done on a regular basis. NFPA 25 is the standard that provides inspection, testing and maintenance guidelines. A new version will be published for 2014. Attend this program to learn what changes and updates have been made to the standard.
September 24, 2013 Signs & Certificates – Basic – Jeffery M. Hugo, CBO
NFPA 13 has numerous requirements for the installation of signage for fire sprinkler systems. NFPA 13 also has three certificates that are required for each fire sprinkler system: Owner's Certificate, Underground Piping Certificate and the Aboveground Piping Certificate. This seminar will discuss all the requirements for types and locations of signs along with the installation details that are needed to complete the certificates. Every contractor, building manager, and AHJ will not want to miss this seminar.
October 8, 2013 Foam-water Sprinkler Systems – Intermediate – Victoria B. Valentine, P.E.
Although water is a great agent for controlling and extinguishing fires, some hazards benefit from the use of low expansion foam as the agent discharging from the sprinklers to achieve the desired level of control. These foam-water systems have similarities to standard sprinkler systems but are installed according to NFPA 16. This seminar will review the use and installation requirements of these systems.
October 22, 2013 Common Mistakes – Intermediate – Roland Asp
Fire sprinklers have a long and successful history of protecting lives and properties. The key to this success is a properly designed, installed and maintained sprinkler system. This presentation will focus on commonly encountered mistakes in fire sprinkler industry. The role of the layout technicians is to produce clear plans that will result in cost effective fire sprinkler systems while meeting the project specifications and the applicable requirements of the codes and standards. By highlighting common errors, the layout technician will learn to avoid the errors, saving time and money, yet helping to ensure the effectiveness of fire sprinkler systems will continue and improve.
November 5, 2013 Protection of Aircraft Hangars – Intermediate – Kenneth E. Isman, P.E. and Scott Enides
Fire protection system requirements for aircraft hangars are found in their own document, NFPA 409. The rules in this standard are very different from NFPA 13 or NFPA 16 regarding discharge criteria and water supply requirements. During the program, the differences between these standards will be compared and contrasted and the participant will be able to avoid the pitfalls often encountered in laying out, detailing and calculating a sprinkler system or foam/water system for an aircraft hangar.
November 19, 2013 Exposure Systems – Intermediate – James D. Lake
Exposure protection systems have different goals than water curtains or window/glass protection, yet they are often confused with these other types of systems. This program will cover the goals and objectives of exposure protection systems and show how their requirements differ from those of water curtains or window/glass protection systems. Information for this program will be taken from both NFPA 13 and NFPA 80A.
December 3, 2013 Sprinklers on Glass – Intermediate/Advanced – Jeffery M. Hugo, CBO
A window sprinkler is a special sprinkler according to NFPA 13 and this type of special sprinkler is intended for the protection of glazing in fire resistance rated walls for many types of applications. There are also times when standard spray sprinklers are used to protect glazing, such as in atriums. This seminar will cover how all these sprinklers comply with the requirements of NFPA 13, the building code, where and when to use specific sprinklers and the installation criteria for these products. This seminar will also discuss the recent changes in the International Building Code concerning using fire sprinklers in fire resistance walls.
December 17, 2013 Ask the Experts – Basic/Intermediate – James D. Lake, Moderator
The NFSA Engineering Department Staff have developed expertise in a wide range of fire protection activities including pumps, hydraulics, sprinkler spacing issues, seismic protection of systems, backflow, residential systems, and water supplies. Ask any question that you want of our experts on these or other topics. They will either answer the question live on the program or research the answer and get back to you and everyone that takes the seminar after the program is over. Reference standards for this session are NFPA 13, NFPA 13R, NFPA 13D, NFPA 20, and NFPA 25.