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2/10/2015 » 2/12/2015
Lake Jackson, TX

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Seminars qualify for NICET, Florida & Wisconsin CEU's (where applicable). AIA/CES Approved.
NICET CREDITS (per class)-0.1 CEU/1 CPD
SEMINARS BEGIN AT 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time    
    

 

January 20, 2015

Cloud Ceilings – The Latest Research

Roland Asp, CET

 

Sprinkler protection of cloud ceilings is a very active topic in the fire sprinkler industry today and much work has been accomplished to assist in providing guidance for sprinkler spacing under these challenging ceiling configurations. A cloud ceiling is, in essence, panel(s) suspended below the structural ceiling and separated by gaps of varying dimensions.  Until now the only solution has been to install sprinklers both above and below these ceiling clouds.

 

This seminar will discuss the results of research conducted by the Fire Protection Research Foundation. The focus will be, when dealing with cloud ceilings, under what circumstances will sprinklers installed under the clouds only, provide an acceptable level of fire protection. The program will discuss all these variables and provide insight into the latest research and revisions for the 2016 edition of NFPA 13 for these challenging ceiling configurations.

 


February 17, 2015

Ceiling Elevation Changes in Storage Occupancies

Victoria B. Valentine, P.E.

Storage occupancies are handled separately within NFPA 13 for spacing, location, and calculation of fire sprinklers.  These buildings may not have a smooth flat horizontal ceiling, especially when an existing building is being converted for use as a storage occupancy.  A change in ceiling elevation could occur with a stepped ceiling or a sloped ceiling.  This program will discuss the rules and their application for a storage area with a change in the elevation of the ceiling.

 


March 17, 2015

Alarms and Initiating Devices

Louis Guerrazzi

 

NFPA 13, NFPA 20, and NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, all have requirements pertaining to monitoring signals within an automatic sprinkler system. Along with these requirements, the IBC also has its own set of requirements that may need to be addressed.  When it comes to the specific purpose of a signal, NFPA 72 defines 10 different types of signals that each warrant specific responses. This seminar will give an overview of the requirements for monitoring along with the devices needed to achieve the necessary alarms.  Those alarms required for an automatic sprinkler system based on the standards and code above will be discussed.  The program will also distinguish which types of signals are required for the alarms.

 


April 15, 2015

Installation of CPVC

Robert Upson

Listed CPVC pipe and fittings are allowed to be used under the regulations of NFPA 13, NFPA 13R, and NFPA 13D.  The CPVC installation requirements and limitations for these systems vary subtly from standard to standard and are highly dependent the product listing along with the manufacturer's installation instructions. This program will outline the basic installation requirements for utilizing CPVC in all three standards.

 


May 19, 2015

Fire Sprinklers in the ICC

Jeffrey M. Hugo, CBO

 

Nearly every jurisdiction in the U.S. has adopted ICC codes. The ICC publishes several well-recognized codes, such as the International Building Code (IBC), International Fire Code (IFC), International Residential Code (IRC) and the International Existing Building Code (IEBC) that are adopted locally. These codes do reference the latest NFPA fire protection standards, but they can have specific fire sprinkler, fire pump and standpipe criteria that differ from the referenced NFPA standards. This seminar will address the ICC codes in the perspective of how they affect the fire sprinkler installation. 

 


June 16, 2015

Planning the System for Its Lifespan

Jason Webb and Roland Asp, CET

 

A fire sprinkler system is installed for the life of the building.  Inspection, testing and maintenance are necessary in order to make sure the system operates as intended for as long as it is in place.  NFPA 25 details the inspection, testing and maintenance needs for a fire sprinkler system.  This program will cover items and components that need to be considered during the layout and installation of a system to facilitate the requirements for maintaining that system    properly throughout its installation. 


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