NFPA-13 Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems

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Included in this current edition are the following subparts:

 Errata 13-19-1 - July 3, 2018
 TIA 19-1 - Aug. 14, 2018
 TIA 19-2 - Aug. 14, 2018
 2019 EDITION - Jan. 1, 2019
 Errata 13-19-2 - Jan. 22, 2019
 Errata 13-19-3 - June 18, 2019
 TIA 19-3 - July 17, 2019
 TIA 19-4 - Aug. 6, 2019
 TIA 19-5 - Dec. 6, 2019
 TIA 19-6 - Dec. 6, 2019
 Errata 13-19-4 - Dec. 20, 2019
 Errata 13-19-5 - March 10, 2020
 TIA 19-7 - Aug. 11, 2020
 TIA 19-8 - Aug. 11, 2020
 TIA 19-9 - Aug. 11, 2020
 Errata 13-19-7 - Aug. 31, 2021


1.1 Scope.

A.1.1 This standard provides a range of sprinkler system approaches, design development alternatives, and component options that are all acceptable. Building owners and their designated representatives are advised to carefully evaluate proposed selections for appropriateness and preference.

1.1.1 This standard shall provide the minimum requirements for the design and installation of automatic fire sprinkler systems and exposure protection sprinkler systems covered within this standard.

1.1.2 This standard is written with the assumption that the sprinkler system shall be designed to protect against a single fire originating within the building.


Engineer the best fire defense for any occupancy with the 2013 NFPA 13: Installation of Sprinkler Systems.

NFPA 13: Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems advances how sprinkler system designers, installers, maintainers, and AHJs can safeguard people and property against fire. Revised to reflect the challenges of fire protection in today's built environment, the 2013 edition of NFPA 13 presents the latest requirements for automatic sprinkler system design, installation, and acceptance testing; hanging and bracing systems; underground piping; and seismic protection.

Update to the 2013 NFPA 13 for more design options and greater usability:

    Modified Chapter 16 and Chapter 17 combine in-rack and ceiling sprinkler requirements in the same section to streamline referencing and help you maximize your time.
    New Chapter 21 on alternative storage approaches facilitates use of performance-based design -- especially for sprinkler systems designed around a specific commodity or storage arrangement.
    New requirements concerning nonmetallic piping help contractors, owners, and manufacturers recognize and address material compatibility issues, before oversights occur.
    New provisions allowing the backflow preventer to serve as a system control valve
    Updated requirements for elevators
    The latest coverage on antifreeze, heat tracing and heat loss calculations

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Keep pace with dynamic advancements and ensure automatic sprinkler systems are designed and installed correctly with the new benchmark for design and installation of automatic fire sprinkler systems to prevent fire deaths and property loss.


Claudia's Notes:
NFPA 13 is one of NFPA's most popular standards.  You'll find the requirements for sprinkler system design, installation, and acceptance testing; hanging and bracing systems; underground piping; and seismic protection that have been harmonized with SEI/ASCE 7.  NFPA 13 also includes provisions for special storage arrangements.

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Jan. 1, 2019

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569 pages