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NFPA launches home fire sprinkler grant program
Grants to fund sprinkler campaigns across North America
$nameMarch 23, 2015 – To further the life-saving impact of home fire sprinklers, the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Fire Sprinkler Initiative today announced the launch of a new grant program to help fund sprinkler advocacy campaigns across North America.
The Bringing Safety Home Grant Program will assist as many as 10 selected U.S. state sprinkler coalitions and other safety advocates with up to $10,000 grants to support activities that showcase the importance of home fire sprinklers. Sprinkler advocacy is gaining momentum as more residents and policy-makers understand the value of the devices in new homes. Home fire sprinklers can reduce home fire deaths by about 80 percent and direct property damage by about 70 percent, according to NFPA research.
The vast majority of U.S. fire deaths occur in homes. In 2013, home fires caused nearly 2,800 deaths out of more than 3,000 total fire deaths and injured more than 12,000 others in the U.S. The life-saving capability of home fire sprinklers is the reason why all model building codes require sprinklers in all new, one- and two-family dwellings.
“At NFPA, we are committed to doing all we can to make sure that more people are protected by sprinklers at home,” said Lorraine Carli, vice president of Outreach and Advocacy at NFPA. “To help save lives, the Fire Sprinkler Initiative’s Grant Program supports the great ideas of sprinkler coalitions and other safety advocates across North America.”
Grant applicants throughout the U.S. and Canada can apply for up to $10,000 to fund a proposed home sprinkler campaign or project in their state or province that underscores the necessity of sprinklers. The grant program spurs innovative thinking for sprinkler advocacy, with questions including: How can this grant help further the message in your state or region that sprinklers in new homes save lives? Is there a new way to educate the public and decision-makers on the value of home fire sprinklers? How can you expand on a tried-and-true method of sprinkler advocacy? NFPA has also developed a number of campaign options to help inform applicants’ proposed ideas.
Applications, available at firesprinklerinitiative.org/grant, must be submitted to firesprinklerinitiative@nfpa.org by April 20, 2015.
About the Fire Sprinkler Initiative®
The Fire Sprinkler Initiative®, a project of the National Fire Protection Association, is a nationwide effort to mandate the use of home fire sprinklers and the adoption of fire sprinkler requirements for new construction. Visit the Fire Sprinkler Initiative website at www.firesprinklerinitiative.org.
About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization founded in 1896 is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. NFPA develops more than 300 codes and standards to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other hazards. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed at no cost at ww.nfpa.org/freeaccess.
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* Counterfeit Sprinkler Warning *

UL Warns of Counterfeit Fire Sprinklers (Release 14PN-9)
    The following is a notification from UL that the fire sprinklers identified bear counterfeit UL Certification Marks for the United States and Canada. The fire sprinklers have not been evaluated by UL to the appropriate Standards for Safety and it is unknown if the fire sprinklers comply with any safety requirements.
    Although the fire sprinklers wrench boss is marked "TYCO" and the thermo bulbs are marked "JOB F5" the fire sprinklers were not manufactured or labeled by Tyco and the thermo bulbs were not manufactured or labeled by Job, GmbH., affiliates or agents.
    Name of Product: Upright TY3151; Pendent TY3251; Horizontal Sidewall PS007.
    Location: The sprinklers have been found in Vietnam and India. UL has not received reports of these counterfeit sprinklers in other locations.
    Identification: On the product: The product bears counterfeit UL and TYCO Marks and the following information on the upright TY3151 sprinkler. (Location - Vietnam)
    Counterfeit Fire Sprinkler Markings include: UL in a circle, 155°F/68°C, TY3151; "TYCO" cast into both sides of the wrench boss; Deflector material zinc plated steel (magnetic); 5mm glass bulb -Job F5.
    Authentic Fire Sprinkler Markings include: cULus in a circle, 155°F/68°C, SU, TY3151; "TYCO" incised on one side and the year of manufacture on the opposite side of wrench boss; Defector material brass with chrome or painted white (non-magnetic); 5 mm Geissler glass bulb - "G" between two triangles on one side and lot number on the other side.
    For more information and to see photographs go to www.ul.com.


UL Warns of Counterfeit Fire Sprinkler
    The following is a notification from UL that the fire sprinkler identified below bears a counterfeit UL Certification Mark for the United States and Canada. The fire sprinkler has not been evaluated by UL to the appropriate Standards for Safety and it is unknown if the fire sprinkler complies with any safety requirements.
    Although the fire sprinkler’s wrench boss is marked “TYCO”, the fire sprinkler was not manufactured by Tyco, its affiliates, or agents.
    Name of Product: Pendent Type Fire Sprinkler
    Identification: On the product: The counterfeit sprinkler has the UL Mark on the wrench boss. The UL Certified Tyco sprinkler is provided with the UL Mark on the deflector, other differences are:
    Counterfeit Fire Sprinkler Markings: “TYCO” and “UL” marked on the sides of the wrench flat, no date code; cULus in a circle marked on the side of the frame. “68C” and  “SSP” on the deflector without TY number; Deflector material zinc plated steel (magnetic); 5mm glass bulb no markings.
    UL Certified Fire Sprinkler Markings: “TYCO” marked on one wrench flat, date code on the other wrench flat; cULus in a circle, “155°F/68°C”,”SP” and “ TY3251” marked on the deflector; Deflector material brass with chrome or painted white (non-magnetic); 5 mm Geissler glass bulb – “G” between two triangles on one side and lot number on the other side.
    To see photographs visit: http://ul.com/newsroom/publicnotices/ul-warns-of-counterfeit-fire-sprinkler-release-no-14pn-18/.
    Location: The sprinklers have been found in India. UL has not received reports of these counterfeit sprinklers in other locations.

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Contractors and  Environmental Rules
    Construction contractors will have an easier time learning how to comply with federal and state environmental guidelines, thanks to a new partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the private sector. The partnership between the Associated General Contractors of America, EPA, and the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) will allow for a significant upgrade to the Construction Industry Compliance Assistance website, or CICA Center for short, association officials noted.
    “Getting a construction project underway is challenging enough without having to figure out which environmental rules apply and how to comply with them,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America. “This newly revamped site will make it a lot easier for contractors to take the necessary steps to comply with all environmental regulations for their projects.”
    “EPA is pleased that AGC recognizes the value of the CICA Center and is assuming the oversight role and funding source for the website,” said Lisa Lund, Director of the Office of Compliance in EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance.
    As part of the partnership, the construction association will help finance upgrades to the website, originally launched in the mid-2000s with AGC’s assistance, designed to make it easier for contractors to comply with environmental regulations governing construction projects. As a result of the upgrade, contractors will now have comprehensive tools and the latest information on state and federal environmental requirements, as well as green construction and environmental management programs.
    NCMS will continue as a managing partner for the new website, which can be found at: http://www.cicacenter.org. EPA program office staff will also continue to review and contribute to the site. The construction association will provide relevant updates as well, and secure advertising revenue that will finance the continuous upgrades to the site and content.
    For more information contact: AGC, 2300 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22201-3308; (703) 548-3118, www.agc.org.

80% Plan To Hire
Contractors Foresee Growing Demand in Most Market Sectors
    Eighty percent of construction firms plan to expand their payrolls in 2015 while only 7% expect to reduce headcounts, according to survey results released by the Associated General Contractors of America. The survey, conducted as part of Ready to Hire Again: The 2015 Construction Industry Hiring and Business Outlook, indicates that most contractors are optimistic about the year ahead and ready to expand, but will have to cope with challenges including worker shortages and regulatory burdens.
    “Contractors are extremely optimistic about the outlook for 2015,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. “Indeed, if their predictions prove true, industry employment could expand this year by the most in a decade.”
    Sandherr noted that the 80% of firms planning to add employees in 2015 is significantly higher than in 2014, when only 57% of firms report they added to their total headcount. However, many firms that plan to hire this year expect to make only modest increases, with 90% of the firms that expect to add employees reporting they will expand by one-quarter or less this year.
    Among the 23 states with large enough survey sample sizes, 95% of firms in Virginia plan to expand their payrolls in 2015, more than in any other state. Meanwhile, 15% of firms in Utah report they plan to reduce headcount this year, more than in any other state. (Visit website for state-by-state survey results.)
    Growing demand for private-sector construction should drive growth in 2015, association officials noted. Contractors are most optimistic about the retail/warehouse/lodging segment, with the difference between optimists and pessimists — the net positive reading — at 33%. Contractors are also optimistic about the manufacturing, private office, and energy construction segments, with net positive readings of 26, 25, and 24% respectively.
    Contractors are also optimistic about some public sector construction segments, especially those segments that aren’t entirely dependent on federal funding. Contractors gave the outlook for water and sewer construction a new positive of 24%.
    Contractors are less optimistic about the outlook for two market segments that rely almost exclusively on federal funding — marine construction and direct federal construction. There was a net negative reading of 6% for marine construction and a net negative of 16% for the direct federal construction segment.
    Firms planning to purchase new construction equipment in 2015 equals 79%, and 81% plan to lease new equipment. However, the scope of those investments is likely to be limited, with roughly two-thirds of firms that plan to buy or lease equipment reporting they will invest $250,000 or less.
    Credit conditions appear to be less of a concern for contractors in 2015 as they were during the height of the downturn, association officials added. Only 75% of firms report having a hard time getting bank loans this year while only 24% report customers’ projects are being delayed or cancelled because of tight credit.
    “Despite the overall optimism, some challenges remain for the industry,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “In particular, as construction firms continue to expand, they will continue to have a difficult time finding enough skilled construction workers.”
    Among respondents who are trying to hire workers, 87% report having a hard time filling key professional and craft worker positions. In particular, 76% of firms that are hiring report having a hard time finding qualified craft workers while 62% say the same about professional positions such as project managers, supervisors, and estimators.
    Simonson noted that as the supply of construction workers tightens, compensation levels appear to be rising. Fifty-one percent of firms report they have increased base pay rates to retain construction professionals and 46% have done the same to retain skilled craft workers. A quarter of firms report they have improved their benefits packages to retain construction professionals and one-in-five firms has done the same to retain craft workers.
    Even as firms struggle with growing worker shortages, they anticipate paying more to provide health care:
81% report they expect the cost of providing health care insurance for their employees will increase.
    Large numbers of contractors are worried about new federal regulations:  
37% of respondents report they are concerned about the Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to expand their jurisdiction over wetlands.
36% of contractors worry that new regulations forcing contractors to keep detailed records of all job applicants will have a negative impact.
35% are worried about new silica rules.
    Survey says, work on other priorities:
76% find ways to make it easier to prepare the next generation of skilled workers as a top priority.
66% say reform the tax code.
59% say repeal all or part of the Affordable Care Act.
    For more information contact: AGC, 2300 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22201-3308; (703) 548-3118, www.agc.org.

Builders Sue State Over Sprinklers
    An AP article posted January 28, 2015, said the Builders Association of the Twin Cities is suing the state over a new sprinkler mandate.
    The law, which took effect January 24, 2015, requires a sprinkler system for all new homes that are 4,500 sq. ft. or larger. The Builders Association says the law is too expensive and will price many buyers out of the market. The group has asked the Minnesota Court of Appeals to intervene.
    The Association’s past president, Shawn Nelson, said the sprinklers can add $8,000 to $10,000 to the cost of a new home.
    The Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association supports the new law.

North Carolina
‘Mcmansions’ Pose New Fire Safety Risks
    An article by Carrie C. Causey on February 5, 2015, in The Herald Weekly, Davidson, North Carolina, said a planned 30,000 sq. ft. home off Lake Norman would take an estimated 10,000 gallons of water per minute and dozens of firefighters on the scene if it were to go up in flames.
    Already, Cornelius-Lemley Fire and Rescue members are strategizing how they would tackle a blaze at what is anticipated to be the largest home in town. This planning is something they and other area fire departments have had to do more of in recent years as houses get larger and construction and furnishing trends pose more fire safety risks.
    “There are a lot of different considerations,” said Cornelius Deputy Chief Guerry Barbee about homes now versus a few decades ago. “With new materials, furniture made differently, carpets burning better, open floor plans and the larger-size houses, plus low water pressure — it’s the perfect storm for a catastrophic fire.”
    Modern homes of all sizes offer new threats now that open floor plans are more desirable to compartmentalized rooms, which would keep the fire more contained in years past, said Charlotte Fire Department Deputy Fire Marshal Jonathan Leonard of Davidson. What once could have stayed in the kitchen, now quickly passes through much of the first floor before moving upstairs if there is nothing to stop it.
    Furniture, once only constructed of cotton, wood, and metal, is now plastic, vinyl, and foam that is more flammable, burning hotter and faster. Those two elements cut the estimated time for a home’s flashover point to occur from the 18 minutes firefighters had 20 years ago, to just over four, Leonard said.
    That’s four minutes for families to have a smoke detector go off, call 911, and get out.
    While all houses pose fire threats, larger homes have a different set of challenges. For one, simply by how many gallons of water are needed per minute to contain it. The rule of thumb is length times width divided by three.
    That’s a disadvantage from the onset because of narrow streets with restricted access for many fire trucks, limited water supplies through small waterlines, and hydrants offering low gallons per minute not built for the needed flow. They were installed when the area had smaller vacation homes that may have only needed 1,000 gallons at a time, as compared to the 10,000-30,000 sq. ft. homes now built in the same place.
    Captain Dion Burleson, public information officer for both the Davidson and Denver fire departments, said in some of the more rural areas, the closest fire hydrant could be half a mile away. In Davidson last year, a 12,000 sq. ft. house still being constructed burned to the ground in the middle of the night because there wasn’t a reliable water source.
    Firefighters can take advantage of one of three departments’ fire boats, portable swimming pools, or getting water to the area by connecting multiple hoses together to try to accommodate, but every person trying to obtain water is one less working on the actual fire. Staffing levels have been an issue throughout the region.
A simple solution that would be a safety net for both residents and firefighters is a sprinkler system.
    “Having a sprinklers is like having a firefighter on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year,” Burleson said. “It gives every chance possible that could help a firefighter gain the upper hand for the structure.”
    Only the sprinkler in the room that triggers it will go off, which will keep the fire smaller, if not fully extinguished, without causing damage to the rest of the home until the firefighters arrive. Sprinklers should be installed in every structure, but definitely in those larger than 3,000 sq. ft., Burleson advised.
“Installation costs less than 1% the total value of the home,” he said. “What’s a dollar when it comes to protecting someone’s investment? Because, often, a house is the biggest investment of their lives.”
    However, in North Carolina, single-family homes aren’t required to have anything more than fire alarms, so most builders don’t pay to install them. Multi-family properties, apartments, and commercial buildings, which may even be smaller than some of the Lake Norman homes, must all have sprinklers.
    It’s a problem Leonard and others have been fighting for years in the hopes the state fire codes will change.
    Arizona has already made it a law to have everything equipped with sprinklers. A 10-year study showed 12 fatalities in homes that were grandfathered in without sprinklers and no fatalities in the ones with sprinkler systems, Leonard said.
    “Loss of life is critical, but it also impacts the damage,” he said, estimating the cost of lost property in a home with sprinklers could be limited to just a couple thousand.  
    Sprinklers are cheaper to install while the home is still under construction, but are possible to add after the fact.
    “When they are building these multimillion dollar houses, they spend more money in furnishings and indoor basketball courts than they would on the sprinklers,” Barbee said. “They have the typical mentality of ‘I won’t have a fire in my house.’ We are trying to raise awareness about sprinkler systems.”
— Thanks for sending this item go to: Will Leonhardt, Southeast District Manager, HD Supply Fire Protection, Concord, NC

Fire Inspection Fee Proposal
    An article by Connie Esh on January 30, 2015, in The Wilson Post, Lebanon, Tennessee, said a proposal to charge annual fire inspection fees to commercial, industrial, and non-profit buildings in Lebanon is still in the pipeline — but with two “tweaks” or revisions.
    “The first amendment to the ordinance will set the fee for non-profits at $25, and the second will change the deadline to submit information from 30 to 45 days,” City Finance Director Robert Springer said.
    But commercial and industrial buildings would still be assessed $75 for their annual fire inspections, according to the pending ordinance, and churches and church-owned property would still get their fees waived.
    “It’s a work in progress,” Ward 5 Councilor Tick Bryan said. “We’re doing some changes.” Bryan also said he has talked to some residents who are totally against the fees.
    “Some people say they already have sprinkler systems,” he explained. “They already have the inspection done, pay for it, and turn it in.”
    Those businesses don’t see why there should be a fee to file the information, Bryan said. But filing the information is just one part of the issue, he added.
    “The Fire Department is trying to determine which buildings have the sprinklers and if they are being inspected,” he said. “Smith Furniture caught fire recently and their sprinklers put it out. Their system worked.”
    Bryan did say that $75 seems a little steep to him, but he’s aware that the Fire Department doesn’t generate any income, so the proposed annual inspection fees could help pay the cost to have this information on record.
    “This will bring in less than $15,000,” Fire Chief Chris Dowell said. “Only about 186 buildings have sprinkler systems. Only about a quarter of the businesses in town are affected. If they don’t have sprinkler systems, this doesn’t affect them.”
    Dowell also said the fees will go to the Fire Department to pay inspectors to go out and check to be sure businesses that have sprinklers are being inspected. “We have some businesses that haven’t been inspected in six or seven years,” he said.
    CEO for non-profit Cedarcroft Home, T. A. Bryan, who is Councilor Bryan’s father, also expressed concern that this ordinance would lead to a fee per sprinkler head.
    “I’ve heard they’re going to charge 15 cents per head. We’ve got 221 heads. That’s $33.15,” he said.
    But Chief Dowell said a per-head fee is not part of this ordinance and that he doesn’t favor a per-head fee.

Home Fire Sprinklers: Ask for Them!
    When a new home is built in an area where codes do not require fire sprinklers to be installed, and the homebuilder does not offer sprinklers as an option, many homebuyers are not aware that they can ask for fire sprinklers. Every time a new home is built without fire sprinklers, generations of families miss out on the ultimate protection from fire.
    The nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) has launched new online content designed to help consumers learn about the life-saving benefits of fire sprinklers. And whether they’re simply interested, or are thinking of building or buying a home, they’ll quickly see why it’s so important to ask for fire sprinklers when moving to a new home.
    Available at no cost on HFSC’s website, the new Ask for Them! interactive guide
 (www.homefiresprinkler.org/index.php/Consumer/quick-guide.html ) provides consumers with easy to understand information in a fast-paced and entertaining format. Watch any or all of the 11 brief video segments in the menu that answer common questions about home fire sprinklers. Consumers can click through to direct links for more details about the technology and to watch additional videos online. All of the content is free, noncommercial, and has no advertising.
    Ask for Them! was funded in part by a U.S. FEMA Fire Prevention & Safety Grant.
    HFSC was formed in 1996 to inform the public about the life-saving value of sprinkler protection in one- and two-family homes. HFSC is a purely educational 501(c)(3) charitable organization and the leading resource for independent, noncommercial information about residential fire sprinklers.
    For more information contact: HFSC, www.homefiresprinkler.org  

Construction Management
    The ConsensusDocs Coalition is publishing a new Construction Management Agency standard agreement. The ConsensusDocs 830 Agreement Between Owner and Construction Manager (CM Provides General Conditions) and related exhibits will replace the current ConsensusDocs 801 Construction Management Agreement.
    The new agreement was revised based upon industry feedback and the Drafting Council’s evaluation that providing greater clarity in defining costs, fees, and profit would avoid potential claims over these issues on projects utilizing CM Agency. In surveying current practices, the Council found that the areas of defining fees, profit, and overhead on general conditions items vary greatly. Consequently, the agreement structure was refined and an optional general conditions exhibit was provided. The Council will be publishing an alternative version of this agreement in which the CM does not provide general conditions.
    “Current standard CM Agency contracts do not do a good job of defining which costs fall into a particular bucket, which inevitably leads to confusion when it comes time for payment. This new document is the first standard Agency document that provides clarity, which will be a helpful contractual tool for Owners and CMs alike,” comments Melissa Beutler, Vice-Chair of the ConsensusDocs Drafting Council.
    For more information visit: www.ConsensusDocs.org.

Mediation and Dispute Resolution
    The ConsensusDocs Coalition announced a new tool to effectively address alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in the design and construction industry. Guided Choice is a new approach to mediation for a more active and holistic approach role for a mediator to actively guide parties towards resolution. ConsensusDocs is now including information on how to implement Guided Choice in the ConsensusDocs Guidebook, and educated users on the process at its 2nd annual Construction SuperConference Workshop held in San Francisco, California, last December. The American Arbitration Association (AAA) will honor requests from the parties to use the Guided Choice process in AAA administered mediation through arbitration.
      For more information visit: www.ConsensusDocs.org.

Standpipe Rack Hose Video
    Supporting the association’s mission to save lives and protect property through fire safety education, the Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association released an educational video on the features and benefits of standpipe rack hoses. This educational video provides an overview of standpipe rack hose systems and highlights the importance of these systems as part of balanced fire protection plan for buildings.
    “Incorporating a balanced fire protection design in commercial buildings helps to minimize safety risks by providing multiple channels for fire notification and protection,” says Duane Leonhardt, fire hose and interior equipment division chair. “Building owners, managers, and occupants play key roles in designing and executing fire protection plans, so we produced this video specifically with them in mind.”
    Standpipe rack hose systems are just one element of a complete balanced protection plan; other elements may include portable fire extinguishers, automated suppression systems, smoke detectors, and fire alarms.
    In addition to providing a summary of the components and operation of standpipe rack hose systems, the video also reviews the unique features of these systems, including: Quick suppression of fires; One-person operation; Minimal water damage; Pathway clearing for occupant rescue; Occupant protection during rescue.
    The educational standpipe rack hose video is available for viewing and sharing on YouTube and SlideShare.
    This standpipe rack hose video is the fourth educational video created and posted on the Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association’s YouTube and SlideShare accounts. Other educational videos include: How to Use a Portable Fire Extinguisher, Your First Defense When Disaster Strikes (NFPA 1126) and UL300 – Protecting Commercial Kitchens.
    The Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association is a more than 60 year-old non-profit trade association dedicated to saving lives and protecting property by providing education of a balanced fire protection design.
    For more information contact: Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association, 1300 Sumner Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115; (216) 241-7333, www.femalifesafety.org.

Campus Fire Coalition Formed
    CampusFireSafety.com, Campus Firewatch,and the Michael H. Minger Foundation joined together to create an information and resource portal for schools and communities. [These groups are all fire sprinkler advocates!]
    “By working together, we leverage the power of our individual organizations, creating a whole new synergy,” said Gail Minger, president of the Michael H. Minger Foundation. “Together, we represent over 30 years of experience in the world of campus fire safety.”
    www.CampusFireSafety.com is devoted to reducing the loss of life and property from fire on campuses around the world.
    Campus Firewatch is a social enterprise focusing on campus fire safety that was started in 2000: www.campus-firewatch.com.
    The Michael H. Minger Foundation mission is to raise awareness of the importance of campus fire safety for all students, including people with disabilities: www.mingerfoundation.org.

Residential Fire Sprinklers Cost Report
    The cost to install home fire sprinklers in 51 homes in 17 communities averaged $1.35 per sprinklered square foot, down from the $1.61 average in 2008, according to a report conducted by Newport Partners (Newport) and released by the Fire Protection Research Foundation (the Foundation), an affiliate of the National Fire Protection Association. (Sprinklered square feet is a measure of total area of spaces with sprinklers.) The new report, Home Fire Sprinkler Cost Assessment — 5 Year Update, provides a national perspective on the cost of installing home fire sprinklers.
    The primary purpose of the 2013 study was to review current home fire sprinkler costs against a 2008 benchmark study, Home Fire Sprinkler Cost Assessment, also commissioned by the Foundation and conducted by Newport, to better understand the relationship between adoptions, various elements of cost such as installation and materials, how efficiency in design or installation may be introduced, and more.
      For more information visit: www.nfpa.org

ICC for State Fire Marshals
    International Code Council (ICC) CEO Dominic Sims and other representatives met with the National Association of State Fire Marshals Board of Directors during NAFM’s 2013 Annual Conference in Indianapolis. NASFM Board President Bill Degnan of New Hampshire invited ICC to the meeting to address questions from NASFM members and to give an update on ICC initiatives and activities. The discussion focused on matters related to the adoptions of the residential fire sprinkler requirements in the International Residential Code.
       For more information contact: ICC Director of Fire Service Activities, Bruce Johnson, (631) 300-7051 ext. 7276, www.iccsafe.org

USFA: Fire is Everyone’s Fight™
    The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) introduced Fire is Everyone’s Fight™, an initiative to raise public awareness about fire prevention and fire safety. In conjunction with national partners and supporters, Fire is Everyone’s Fight™ aims to provide fire and emergency service personnel with tools to educate the public. Most fires can be prevented and all have a role to play in preventing them.
       For more information and resources visit: www.usfa.fema.gov/FireisEveryonesFight

U.S. Experience with Sprinklers
    NFPA recently released its yearly U.S. Experience with Sprinklers report, documenting the presence and performance of fire sprinklers during reported fires for all occupancies, including homes. This report is available at no cost.
       You may download the report at: www.sprinkler.blog.nfpa.org

Research: Sprinkler Protection for Cloud Ceilings
    The Fire Protection Research Foundation completed a project aimed at better understanding Sprinkler Protection for Cloud Ceilings. The Foundation, an affiliate of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), initiated this project to obtain an understanding of how cloud ceiling panels impact sprinkler actuation with an overall goal to provide technical basis for sprink­ler installation requirements.
    For more, visit: www.nfpa.org.

Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act
    On June 13, 2013, Senators Thomas Carper (D-DE) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced S. 1163, the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act. The legislation was referred to the Senate Finance Committee. Senators Carper and Collins both serve as co-chairs of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus.
       For more information contact: Congressional Fire Services Institute, 900 2nd Street NE, Suite 303, Washington, DC 20002; (202) 371-1277, bwebb@cfsi.org, www.cfsi.org.

Research Reveals Green Value of Fire Sprinklers
    An item posted April 17, 2013, on www.sprinkler.blog.nfpa.org, said in celebration of Earth Day, Green Builder® Media (GBM) has released new consumer research on green living revealing that “respondents like green, think they live a green life, and understand that updating their homes to incorporate more green features increases the value of their homes.”
    According to the company, the results also highlight its VISION House® projects that offer “essential, forward-thinking ideas and educational information about how people can live a more sustainable lifestyle.” NFPA partnered with GBM to launch the VISION House in INNOVENTIONS in Epcot® at the Walt Disney World® Resort to show the environmental benefits of home fire sprinklers.

UL & LPCB Warn of Counterfeit Fire Sprinkler
    The following is a notification from UL and the Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB) to distributors, contractors, fire departments, regulatory agencies, and authorities having jurisdiction that the fire sprinkler identified below bears a counterfeit UL Certification Mark for the United States and Canada, and a counterfeit LPCB Mark. The fire sprinkler has not been evaluated by UL or LPCB to the appropriate Standards for Safety and it is unknown if the fire sprinkler complies with any safety requirements.
    For more information please see the following links:


Fire Sprinkler Calendar:

March 31-April 2, 2015
Hands-On ITM Seminar
Sinclair Community College
Dayton, OH, (937) 252-9787
or, Alicia L Perkins
Craynon Sprinkler Institute
(727) 797-3652, alicia.perkins@craynonsprinklerinstitute.com

April 8, 2015
San Ramon Valley Conference Center San Ramon, CA
Brian Salyers, brian.salyers@holmesfire.com www.ncnsfpe.org

April 15-16, 2015
27th National Fire Dinner
Washington, D.C.
Congressional Fire Services Institute
(202) 371-1277, lsammander@cfsi.org

April 20-25, 2015
Indianapolis Convention Center
Indianapolis, IN

April 21-24, 2015
Fire Pumps: Inspection/Testing Workshop
SPP Pumps University, Atlanta, GA
Fire Tech Productions, Inc.
(937) 434-3473
info@firetech.com, www.firetech.com

April 23, 2015
2nd Annual Fire Protection Symposium
University of Colorado Boulder

April 30-May 2, 2015
NFSA Annual Meeting + Exhibits
Hilton Bonnet Creek, Orlando, FL
NFSA, www.nfsa.org

April 30-May 2, 2015
CASA Annual Conference & AGM
Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
Orlando, FL
Debbie Tomasic
Canadian Auto. Sprinkler Assoc.
(905) 477-2270

May 5-6, 2015
Sprinkler System Plan Review
NFSA, Eric Gleason, (720) 470-4894

May 7, 2015
Rough & Final Inspections of Sprinkler Systems
NFSA, Eric Gleason, (720) 470-4894

May 7, 2015
2015 Fire Protection Expo
Double Tree Hotel, Denver
Nick Trostel, CFPA, (303) 506-6140

May 8, 2015
NFPA 13, 13R, 13D, 14 Update 2013
NFSA, Eric Gleason, (720) 470-4894

May 11-22, 2015
Beginning Fire Sprinkler System Planning School
AFSA, (214) 349-5965 ext. 132

June 1-12, 2015
NFSA Fire Sprinkler Boot Camp
Patriot Fire Protection, Fife, WA
Michael Repko, (845) 878-4207, mrepko@nfsa.org

June 2, 2015
20th Annual Illinois Burn
Prevention Golf Invitational
Willow Crest Golf Club, Oak Brook, IL
866-264-3722, danielle@foxsprinkler.com

June 4, 2015
BAFSA Ruby Jubilee Challenge
Forest of Arden, England, UK
British Automatic Fire
Sprinkler Association
info@bafsa.org.uk, www.bafsa.org.uk

June 8-13, 2015
Hanover, Germany
Andrea Staude, Deutsche Messe
Tel. +49 511 89-31015
Fax +49 511 89-32692,

June 17-19, 2015
Fire Pumps: Inspection/Testing Workshops
Sinclair Community College Fire Sprinkler Lab, Dayton, OH
Fire Tech Productions, Inc.
(937) 434-3473
info@firetech.com, www.firetech.com

June 22-25, 2015
NFPA Annual Meeting/Expo
McCormick Place Convention Center Chicago, IL
NFPA, www.nfpa.org  

July 20-31, 2015
Beginning Fire Sprinkler
System Planning School
AFSA, (214) 349-5965 ext. 132
August 3-14, 2015
NFSA Fire Sprinkler Boot Camp
NFSA HQ Training Facility, Patterson, NY
Michael Repko, (845) 878-4207, mrepko@nfsa.org

September 8, 2015
Trade Show & NFPA 14 Seminar
Richmond Doubletree Hotel
Midlothian, VA
George Wagner, AFSA-VA
(804) 779-3921 wagnerg@mindspring.com

September 9, 2015
AFSA Virginia Chapter
Burn Survivors Golf
Richmond Doubletree Hotel
Midlothian, VA
George Wagner, AFSA-VA
(804) 779-3921 wagnerg@mindspring.com www.afsavirginia.com

September 14-25, 2015
Beginning Fire Sprinkler
System Planning School
AFSA, (214) 349-5965 ext. 132

September 16-18, 2015
Fire Pumps: Inspection/Testing Workshop
Sinclair Community College Fire Sprinkler Lab, Dayton, OH
Fire Tech Productions, Inc.
(937) 434-3473
info@firetech.com, www.firetech.com

September 24, 2015
FSCA of SC Charity Golf Tournament
Vellano Country Club, Chino Hills, CA
Larry Seligman, (626) 673-5345

October 10-13, 2015
AFSA Annual Meeting + Exhibit.
JW Desert Ridge, Phoenix, AZ
AFSA, www.firesprinkler.org

October 12-23, 2015
NFSA Fire Sprinkler Boot Camp
Int'l Palms Resort, Orlando, FL
Michael Repko, (845) 878-4207, mrepko@nfsa.org

October 28-29, 2015
15th International Water Mist Conference
Mercure Hotel
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Bettina McDowell
International Water Mist Association
Tel. + 49 (0) 40 35085-215

November 10-13, 2015
Fire Pumps: Inspection/Testing Workshop
SPP Pumps University, Atlanta, GA
Fire Tech Productions, Inc.
(937) 434-3473
info@firetech.com, www.firetech.com

December 9-11, 2015
Fire Pumps: Inspection/Testing Workshop
Sinclair Community College Fire Sprinkler Lab, Dayton, OH
Fire Tech Productions, Inc.
(937) 434-3473
info@firetech.com, www.firetech.com

Other Future Meeting Dates:

AFSA, www.firesprinkler.org
October 10-14, 2015, Phoenix, AZ
September 16-19, 2016, Nashville, TN
NFSA, www.nfsa.org
April 30-May 2, 2015, Hilton Bonnet Creek Orlando, FL (Sem. & Exhib.)
NFPA, www.nfpa.org
June 22-25, 2015, McCormick Place Convention Center, Chicago, IL
June 9-12, 2016, Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV
June 4-7, 2017, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston, MA

 Also Visit:
American Fire Sprinkler Association
National Fire Sprinkler Association
National Fire Protection Association
Fire Tech Productions
Oklahoma State University


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