When are Standpipes Required?

The requirements for the installation of standpipe systems comes from locally adopted building and fire codes. The International Code Council (ICC) confirms that all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, New York City, the US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico have adopted the International Building Code (IBC) for use in new construction. The International Fire Code (IFC) is adopted in 41 states and NFPA 1 - Fire Code in 20 states. The installation requirements for those standpipes can be found in NFPA - 14 Standard for the Installation of Standpipes and Hose Systems.

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Mezzanines and fire sprinkler allowances

The installation of automatic fire sprinklers allows for many design advantages but the allowance for mezzanines is an ideal way to increase usable interior space and expand a business, at minimal cost. 

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Thirty Years in the Making – One Meridian Plaza Fire

The One Meridian Plaza fire continues to be one of the most iconic high-rise structure fires in American history. On February 23, 1991, a fire caused an unprecedented fire loss of over $4 billion dollars in litigation, $100 million in direct property loss, 24 firefighter injuries, eight firefighter near-misses and the ultimate tragic loss of three Philadelphia firefighters.

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Why aren’t all Fire Hydrants – Red?

The consistency of color coding is widely varied by localities and jurisdictional preferences. It is also governed by many national agencies like American Water Works Association (AWWA), Occupation Safety, Health Administration (OSHA), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the International Codes council (ICC) to name a few.  Typically, there are three types of fire hydrants, public, private and yard.

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