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Since 1922, the NFPA has sponsored public observances of Fire Prevention Week. Celebrated in October around the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, the effort is about providing lifesaving education in an effort to decrease casualties caused by fire. We at BlazeMaster® Fire Protection Systems are proud to support the NFPA and proud to work every day toward reducing the casualties and property damage cause by fire. Each week of October, we’ll profile one of our partners in this mission.

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Commercial  |  Industry News  |  Residential

Darren Palmieri of Viking: Industry Veteran Promoting Residential Fire Sprinklers

Our Fire Prevention Month video series continues with a discussion with Darren Palmieri for Viking Group, a 15-year industry veteran serving product manager for residential CPVC products. Darren played an instrumental role about a decade ago to get fire sprinkler requirements into codes to make it easier for state and local jurisdictions to adopt rules for residential sprinkler systems. For this and many other achievements, he has been a Fire Protection Difference Maker throughout his career.

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Commercial  |  Industry News  |  Residential

Marlene Garrett of AFSA: Driving Industry Education, Sharing Best Practices

Next in our Fire Prevention Month video series, I talked with Marlene Garrett of the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA). As Vice President of Program Operations and Education Services at AFSA, Marlene works tirelessly to organize events and programs, such as the AFSA annual conference, that bring our industry together to share ideas that make us all better at what we do. Marlene is a great example of what it means to be a Fire Protection Difference Maker.

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CPVC vs Steel Which is most cost effective

Cost-Savings Report

Discover how to save time and money with the right fire sprinkler system.

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Commercial  |  Industry News  |  Residential

Mark Fessenden of Johnson Controls: Passionate About Fire Protection

Next in our Fire Prevention Month video series, here’s my conversation with another Fire Protection Difference Maker: Mark Fessenden, Director of Industry Relations for Johnson Controls. Mark has played an important role in our industry since the early 1990s. After all these years, he’s still excited about his work in an industry where we all have a positive impact on people’s lives. During Fire Prevention Month, he’s especially passionate about driving awareness of fire safety among youths.

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Commercial  |  Industry News  |  Residential  |  Video

NFSA President Shane Ray: Leading the Way to Wider Use of Fire Sprinklers

We’re kicking off our Fire Prevention Month blog series by featuring a conversation with President Shane Ray, President of the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA). Shane has seen the fire protection industry from a wide range of roles from volunteer firefighter to fire chief, state fire marshal and more. As President of NFSA, he works on a variety of fronts to promote broader acceptance of life-saving fire protection systems.

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Blazemaster CPVC  |  CPVC  |  blazemaster fire protection systems  |  cpvc fire sprinkler systems  |  fire sprinkler installation  |  fire sprinkler systems

BlazeMaster® CPVC Team Grows With Addition of Brian Courtright and Brad Pick

I am pleased to announce that the BlazeMaster® CPVC team is growing its capabilities with the addition Brian Courtright as National Sales Engineer and Brad Pick as Regional Manager in the Central United States. Brian and Brad will support our BlazeMaster customers in their roles on Lubrizol’s TempRite® team that oversees all of the company’s CPVC brands, including BlazeMaster, FlowGuard® Gold, freezemaster® and Corzan® pipe and fittings.

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BlazeMaster vs. Generic  |  Installation  |  Listings and Innovations

TYCO® Rapid Seal Adapter Product Line Extension Streamlines Sprinkler Head Installation

BlazeMaster® Fire Protection Systems was the first CPVC fire sprinkler piping system on the market. For over 30 years, we have worked with our manufacturing partners to develop innovations that enable safer and easier installs, ultimately helping to protect more lives and property.

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Blazemaster CPVC  |  CPVC  |  blazemaster fire protection systems  |  cpvc fire sprinkler systems  |  fire sprinkler systems

Budgeting for a Home Fire Sprinkler System

It’s hard to put a price tag on 24/7 fire protection with an automatic residential fire sprinkler system. It’s like having firefighters always at the ready to extinguish a potentially deadly fire, as shown in this video from the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC). Given house fires cause eight in 10 structure fire deaths, it’s a smart investment that takes safety to a new level beyond smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.

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Blazemaster CPVC  |  CPVC  |  blazemaster fire protection systems  |  cpvc fire sprinkler systems  |  fire sprinkler installation  |  fire sprinkler systems

How to Choose a Fire Sprinkler Installer

Choosing a qualified fire sprinkler installer is the critical first step to ensuring a fire protection system will perform for many years ahead. As with most services in residential and commercial construction, the range of service providers varies widely from small contractors operating out of a garage to national companies with multiple locations.

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BlazeMaster vs. Generic  |  BlazeMaster vs. Steel  |  Blazemaster CPVC  |  CPVC  |  Commercial  |  Residential  |  blazemaster fire protection systems  |  cpvc fire sprinkler systems  |  fire sprinkler systems

History of CPVC: From Invention in Our Labs to Growth Around the World

In today’s fire protection systems, BlazeMaster™ CPVC is everywhere – it’s the most specified fire sprinkler pipe and fitting system of its type in the world. But how did we get here? We’re proud that CPVC was invented in our labs, which gives us a unique vantage point on where these materials started – and how we’ve worked to enhance them over the decades.

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Blazemaster CPVC  |  CPVC  |  blazemaster fire protection systems  |  cpvc fire sprinkler systems  |  fire sprinkler systems

Unmatched Support Makes BlazeMaster® CPVC the Trusted Choice for Fire Protection Systems

BlazeMaster® CPVC offers the best products available for fire protection systems, offering significant advantages over steel and superior performance compared to other CPVC products. But beyond quality materials, BlazeMaster CPVC also offers a level of expertise and support that is unmatched in the industry. We have the resources to support everyone from manufacturers and distributors to fire officials, contractors and installers.

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Blazemaster CPVC  |  CPVC  |  Video  |  blazemaster fire protection systems  |  cpvc fire sprinkler systems  |  fire protection inspections  |  fire sprinkler installation  |  fire sprinkler systems

Inspection Insights: CPVC Advantages Over Steel

I recently had the opportunity to talk with Drew Slocum, Co-Founder of Inspect Point, a company that offers a mobile app to streamline fire and life-safety inspections. Drew is an industry veteran who helped start Inspect Point several years ago after working with key CPVC manufacturers Tyco and Viking.

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Blazemaster CPVC  |  CPVC  |  blazemaster fire protection systems  |  covid19  |  cpvc fire sprinkler systems  |  fire sprinkler installation  |  fire sprinkler systems  |  small business

COVID-19: Small Business Tips for Navigating the Road Ahead

We can all be proud that our fire protection industry has played a critical role in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As outlined by the National Fire Sprinkler Association, fire protection was deemed “essential” based on the critical need to respond to repairs and outages as well as inspection, testing and maintenance.

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BlazeMaster vs. Steel

BlazeMaster® CPVC Ensures Long-Term Reliability Even in Coastal Climates

While we all enjoy a breath of ocean breeze, the salt air in coastal climates is corrosive to metal – including steel pipes that make up a fire sprinkler system. That’s why corrosion-resistant BlazeMaster® Fire Protection Systems is an obvious choice for coastal buildings; Blazemaster systems can be used to protect all light hazard structures from hotels and condos, to offices and hospitals, to piers and docks, BlazeMaster CPVC eliminates corrosion concerns.

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BlazeMaster vs. Steel  |  Commercial  |  Installation  |  Residential

BlazeMaster® Fire Protection Systems: The Right Choice for Retrofits

When planning to install a fire sprinkler system in an existing building, key factors to consider include the cost of labor and materials, speed of implementation, potential disruptions for occupants, long-term durability and more. BlazeMaster® Fire Protection Systems provides clear advantages across the board that make it the best option for retrofits.

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BlazeMaster vs. Steel

The Role of Fire Sprinkler Piping Systems in Sustainable Building Practices

An online search for the word sustainability reveals this initial definition: “the ability to be maintained at a certain rate or level.”

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US Resources

How to Navigate Fire Sprinkler System Material Selection

As you plan a fire sprinkler system project, choosing the right materials is a critical early step as the products you choose can have a major impact on the initial cost, the longer-term maintenance costs, and the overall performance and dependability of the system.

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Blazemaster CPVC

Manufacturing In A Pandemic Is A Collaboration

There is no playbook for manufacturing in a 100-year pandemic, but in the midst of a crisis, game plans come together in a hurry. The team producing Lubrizol CPVC compounds in Louisville, Kentucky, has found that when people pull together, rely on their value system in decision making, and know they can depend on each other, it is possible to rise to the most unforeseen challenges.  

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BlazeMaster vs. Steel  |  Commercial

Corrosion Resistance Makes BlazeMaster® CPVC the Right Choice for Docks and Marinas

When designing fire protection systems for docks and marinas, it’s a logical choice to specify BlazeMaster® CPVC primarily due to its corrosion resistance. However, there is some misunderstanding in the market that these types of facilities are always considered “ordinary hazard” under NFPA 13, which means steel pipe must be used. In fact, fire officials have flexibility to classify these facilities as light hazard based on a variety of factors.

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BlazeMaster vs. Steel

8 Reasons to Choose BlazeMaster CPVC Over Steel

Until BlazeMaster CPVC® fire protection systems were introduced in 1984 – changing the fire sprinkler protection industry for the better – steel was the material of choice for fire sprinkler system pipe and fittings worldwide. Steel’s strength and resistance to heat made it a logical choice.

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Chemical Compatibility

Common Myths About Chemical Compatibility of CPVC Fire Protection Systems

Chemical compatibility continues to be a topic of significant interest in the fire protection industry. Let’s take a moment to dispel common myths about chemical compatibility.

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Commercial

Fire Protection in Hospitals: Does Your Facility Pass the Check-Up?

BlazeMaster® CPVC is the ideal prescription for new construction or retrofitting hospital fire sprinkler systems. BlazeMaster CPVC may be used in any light hazard occupancies as defined by NFPA 13: Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems, which includes hospitals and healthcare facilities, office buildings, schools, theaters and places of worship.

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US Resources

5 Tips for Working with BlazeMaster® CPVC in Cold Weather

When the temperature drops, you likely take extra care in many of your daily activities – the way you drive, the maintenance of your home, and how you dress to go outdoors.

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Viking InstaSeal® Sprinkler Head Adapters with BlazeMaster®  CPVC: Fast Installs

Viking announces its new line of InstaSeal® Sprinkler Head Adapters manufactured with BlazeMaster® CPVC, designed to speed installation with no need for thread tape or sealant. The adapters’ full brass thread inserts prevent the potential for cross-threading while providing a tight seal every time via its EPDM seat.

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Residential

Fire Sprinkler Systems: A Smart Addition to New Homes

Home builders can add value to their new home offerings and attract buyers by including fire sprinkler systems.

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BlazeMaster vs. Generic  |  BlazeMaster vs. Steel

Protect Your Reputation By Choosing BlazeMaster® CPVC

Fire sprinkler systems are designed to protect lives and property. But for building owners and contractors, the system must also protect your reputation from risks ranging from leaks and malfunctions to disruptions for occupants.

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BlazeMaster vs. Generic  |  BlazeMaster vs. Steel

Busting 5 Misconceptions About CPVC Fire Protection Systems

It’s a fact: BlazeMaster® CPVC is the world’s most specified non-metallic fire sprinkler system pipe and fitting material. Every day since it was introduced in 1984, BlazeMaster CPVC has saved the lives of countless individuals, firefighters and other safety professionals and prevented property damage.

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Industry News

Proposed Federal Legislation Would Improve tax Incentives for High-Rise Sprinkler Retrofits

A bill recently introduced in Congress seeks to encourage building owners to invest in fire sprinkler retrofits by accelerating the depreciation rate for high-rise residential and non-residential buildings to 15 years. Current depreciation rates are 39 years for non-residential buildings and 27.5 for residential properties.

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Listings and Innovations  |  Residential

CPVC Permitted for Use In Residential Garage Use Per NFPA 13

A new section of the 2019 edition of NFPA 13 (16.3.9.6.2) specifically states that nonmetallic piping, including CPVC, may be used in fire sprinkler systems in private garages within a dwelling as long as the garage space:

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BlazeMaster vs. Steel  |  Commercial  |  Listings and Innovations

BlazeMaster® CPVC's New Embedded In Concrete Listing Offers You A Competitive Advantage

Fire sprinkler system installers who are looking for a competitive edge have a unique opportunity when using BlazeMaster® CPVC pipe and fittings. As concrete is used as a building material for ceilings and walls in office buildings, schools, apartments, health care facilities and even private homes, it’s good to know that BlazeMaster CPVC has a unique Underwriter’s Laboratories (UL) listing for embedding in concrete.

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Industry News  |  Residential

Residential Water Quality and Fire Sprinkler Systems

More communities across the nation require residential fire sprinklers in new home construction than ever. That is definitely a positive step in terms of safety for homeowners and first responders.

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Five Best Practice Installation Tips for BlazeMaster® CPVC

Whether you have been installing BlazeMaster® Fire Protection Systems for 10 years or 10 days, it’s always a good idea to go back to the basics once in a while. Just as professional athletes practice the same play or motion over and over, they sit down for a “chalk talk” on occasion to discuss they “whys” behind the “whats.”

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BlazeMaster vs. Generic

CPVC Fire Protection Systems Save Lives – Including The Lives of Firefighters

Somewhere, a fire started last night that resulted in minimal damage to property. No lives were lost. No firefighter was put in harm’s way. There may be an insurance claim or two, but it isn’t as devastating as it might have been.

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Six Tips for Cut-Ins to Repair or Modify Existing BlazeMaster® CPVC Sprinkler Systems

Most fire sprinkler systems will require modification at some point over their long lifetime of providing safety to people and protection for property.

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BlazeMaster vs. Generic  |  Chemical Compatibility

Failure Analysis Testing: Identifying Field Issues

One of the value-added services that BlazeMaster® CPVC offers is that of failure analysis. We recognize that there are occasional issues in the field. It is in everyone’s best interest that the root cause of the problem be determined to help prevent it from re-occurring.

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BlazeMaster vs. Steel  |  Listings and Innovations

How Does BlazeMaster® CPVC Compare to Steel for Use in Combustible Concealed Spaces?

Here are two facts that we would like to share with designers, specifiers, installers and building owners regarding the use of BlazeMaster® CPVC in combustible concealed spaces:

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Listings and Innovations

Non-Magnetic Concealed Pendent Sprinkler from Johnson Controls for MRI Rooms

Hospital MRI rooms pose specific challenges to fire sprinkler systems. Because of the need to protect sensitive MRI equipment from electrical and magnetic interference, non-ferrous materials must be used to protect this valuable life-saving equipment. Johnson Controls has just launched the Tyco®  RFII-MRI 5.6 Flat-Plate Concealed Pendent Sprinkler. Used with BlazeMaster® CPVC pipe and fittings, the new sprinkler offers designers and hospital building managers an affordable non-magnetic solution.

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Commercial  |  Industry News  |  Listings and Innovations  |  Residential

What Does the Use of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) Mean for Fire Sprinkler Systems?

I’m often asked how new construction materials may be used in conjunction with BlazeMaster® Fire Protection Systems. Today, we’ll discuss cross laminated timber (CLT), one of the most popular new products in use today for homes, multifamily and high-rise office buildings.

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BlazeMaster vs. Steel  |  Commercial

Back to School Checklist: Installing and Maintaining Fire Protection Systems in New School Buildings

It could reasonably be argued that fire protection systems for school buildings are among the most noble fire safety applications of all. The safety of children as they attend schools involves all of us – as parents and concerned citizens. Certainly, all of us can remember the regular fire drills that likely began in pre-school and continued throughout our educational progress that built both awareness of fire safety and developed good habits in terms of knowing what to do in a hazardous situation. Backing those practices with a reliable fire protection system is just one more way of ensuring the well-being of students as they prepare for the future.

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Industry News

BlazeMaster® CPVC Welcomes Lainey Liotta and Sean Pearce

It’s my pleasure to welcome Lainey Liotta and Sean Pearce to the BlazeMaster® Fire Protection Systems team of industry professionals. I am always proud of the fact that we are able to attract such talented individuals.

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Chemical Compatibility

Not All Wiring Systems Are the Same – Learn What Is Compatible with BlazeMaster® CPVC

In the course of installing a CPVC fire sprinkler system in virtually any setting, the potential for the pipe and fittings to come into contact with flexible wire and cable presents itself. While BlazeMaster® CPVC realizes that this may be inevitable, we strongly recommend that fire protection system installers do their best to work with other contractors and review jobsite notification documents from piping manufacturers to avoid such contact if at all possible. If building design requires that the piping and wiring/cabling be installed in tight spaces where contact is unavoidable, consider using a compatible material as a buffer between the two.

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Industry News

Join AFSA and BlazeMaster® Fire Protection Systems in Supporting Homes for Our Troops

Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) is a publicly-funded 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that builds and donates specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post-September 11th veterans to enable them to rebuild their lives. Most of these veterans have sustained injuries including multiple limb amputations, partial or full paralysis, and/or severe traumatic brain injury (TBI).

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BlazeMaster vs. Generic  |  Residential

Home Builders Should Know: Five Reasons CPVC Beats PEX for Fire Protection System Piping

At the same time as more state and local codes require fire sprinkler systems – and responsible home builders in areas where they are not required offer such systems as options to their buyers – the discussion of what piping material is best suited for single family home installations has been tossed around by many builders. This has brought the question of using CPVC or PEX systems to the forefront.

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Chemical Compatibility

Considering Mold Inhibitors and Contact With BlazeMaster CPVC

Mold and microbial inhibitors are sometimes used in buildings where water damage has been sustained or where general humidity and moisture can result in mold growth. Such products have varying uses. They may be used in new construction or existing buildings as either cleaners to treat construction surfaces or primers for latex paints to remove mold, reduce mold growth or create a microbial barrier for mold prevention.

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Industry News  |  Listings and Innovations

Intermediate Temperature Rated Concealed Pendent Sprinkler from Johnson Controls Offers Greater Flexibility for Contractors

One of the best things about working with BlazeMaster® Fire Protection Systems is the opportunity to be a part of the constant innovation that takes place in our industry. I’m always enthused to learn about new offerings from our manufacturing partners that will help designers, contractors and installers to sell and install fire sprinkler systems both in commercial and residential settings.

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BlazeMaster vs. Generic  |  Chemical Compatibility

Third-Party Testing and Verification Ensures BlazeMaster® CPVC Quality

Lubrizol Advanced Materials’ BlazeMaster® CPVC is the most tested CPVC fire protection material on the market. In fact, we’re so confident in the quality of BlazeMaster Fire Protection Systems, both in physical properties (burst and impact resistance testing) and chemical compatibility, testing is conducted by or overseen by third parties.

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Installation

Best Practices For Installing Hangers and Supports in CPVC Fire Protection Systems

BlazeMaster® CPVC is a strong, durable material that maintains its structure better than most commonly used plastics.

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BlazeMaster vs. Generic

BlazeMaster® Fire Protection Systems – Always There with Best in Class Training

Fire sprinkler system failures in prominent hotel and apartment properties in Dallas and Baton Rouge over the past year are reminders of the need to understand key CPVC installation issues such as chemical compatibility. They’re also a reminder that nothing replaces training – even of the “refresher” variety – when it comes to fire protection system installation. Having the proper knowledge before, during and after installation is critical for all involved in designing, specifying, installing and servicing a fire sprinkler system.

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Commercial  |  Industry News

Revised Chicago Building Code Means New Opportunities for CPVC Fire Sprinkler Systems

The City of Chicago Building Code has seen its first comprehensive change in 70 years as a result of recent City Council approval. The Phase 2 Building Code Modernization Ordinance makes Chicago the ninth major US jurisdiction to adopt the 2018 International Building Code and International Existing Building Code. The National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) played a major role in helping to see this through. 

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Industry News

Call to Action: Check Out “Fire Sprinklers Buy Time; Time Buys Life” – New National Campaign from NFSA

We encourage you to check out a great new website, “Fire Sprinklers Buy Time, Time Buys Life,” which is the focus of a national campaign just announced by the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA).

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BlazeMaster vs. Generic  |  Chemical Compatibility

Five Reasons it is Important to Choose the Right Orange in CPVC Fire Sprinkler Systems

For more than 30 years CPVC has been the material of choice for many fire protection systems worldwide, with advantages over steel such as lower initial cost, ease and safety of installation, and a lower cost of ownership that includes better flow rates and reduced maintenance.

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BlazeMaster vs. Generic

30-Year-Old BlazeMaster® CPVC Exceeds ASTM Requirements by 60 Percent

A 2018 renovation at Lubrizol Advanced Materials’ PM Building in Brecksville, Ohio provided a unique opportunity to examine and test BlazeMaster® CPVC Fire Protection Systems pipe that had been in service for nearly 30 years.

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Chemical Compatibility

Navigating Chemical Compatibility: Take the Right Path to the Right Ancillary Products

CPVC pipe and fittings are used every day in residential, commercial and multifamily fire protection systems. One brand – BlazeMaster® CPVC – has performed well for years. While there are many reasons for this, I’d like to focus on one – the FBCTM System Compatible Program – the oldest and most trusted chemical compatibility program in the industry. It’s one reason contractors, designers and engineers can be more assured of a high-quality installation. The program helps you avoid costly system failures such as a 19-story newly-renovated Dallas hotel and a 10-story multifamily complex in Louisiana recently experienced by a competitive brand.

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Listings and Innovations

Why CPVC for Underground Water Supply Pipes?

Fire protection systems are only as reliable as the supply mains that serve them.

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Commercial  |  Listings and Innovations

BlazeMaster® CPVC has Unique UL® Listing for Embedding in Concrete

BlazeMaster® Fire Protection Systems stand alone in the fire protection industry with a unique UL® listing among manufacturers for embedding CPVC in concrete. As new construction methods today make use more and more of concrete ceilings, embedding the fire sprinkler system in those ceilings eliminates the need and costs of drop ceilings and fire sprinkler system hangers (in the case of steel systems). It also has the added aesthetic benefit of hiding the system within the ceiling.

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BlazeMaster vs. Steel

How Pipe Size and Material Impacts the Cost and Performance of a Fire Sprinkler System

CPVC, steel and PEX are common materials used for fire sprinkler systems. Their unique material thicknesses and smoothness ratings both affect cost and flow rates. BlazeMasterⓇ CPVC pipes, produced in SDR 13.5 dimensions with a Hazen-Williams C factor of 150, can improve the performance of your system and lower costs. BlazeMaster CPVC has stable pricing, a smooth surface, resists the effects of microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC), and has an easy, cost-effective installation process.  

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Chemical Compatibility

Reliability Has No Price: That’s Why We Pioneered the Industry’s Leading Chemical Compatibility Program

For nearly 20 years the FBCTM System Compatible Program has been the leading chemical compatibility resource for the Fire Protection Industry when it comes it comes to installation of BlazeMaster® Fire Protection Systems. The program is the oldest and most comprehensive such platform in the industry.

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Case Studies  |  Residential

[CASE STUDY] BlazeMaster® Fire Protection Systems Makes Florida High-Rise Retrofit Trouble-Free

Adrian Peschi, LCAM, knew that if the retrofit to the 338-unit high-rise apartment building he manages in Fort Lauderdale went poorly, he’d hear it from hundreds of unofficial supervisors—the residents.

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Case Studies

Developer Makes Residential Sprinklers a Standard in Alberta, Canada Community

Livingston, a 15,000 living unit community in Alberta, Canada, is believed to be the largest community in North America to make residential sprinklers a standard feature in all homes from its inception. A recent demonstration shows the community why fire sprinkler systems are so vital and why others should follow suit.

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Installation

What You Need to Know About Piping Thermal Expansion and Contraction

All piping materials expand and contract as a result of temperature change. As the temperature increases, pipes expand. When the temperature decreases, pipes contract. If left unaccounted for while designing a fire protection system, thermal expansion can cause the system to fail prematurely, resulting in unnecessary repairs and reliability concerns.

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Industry News  |  Residential

How Fire Sprinkler Ordinances Benefit Builders and Developers

House fires spread faster than they used to. Modern, often synthetic materials burn quicker and hotter than traditional furnishings. It only takes three minutes for these materials to reach their autoignition temperature before they emit flammable gases. In less than five minutes, flashover can occur and engulf the entire home in flames. To help limit the spread of fires, communities across the nation are implementing ordinances requiring home fire protection systems in new single and double family residences.

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Commercial  |  Industry News

Call to Action: Your Help Needed Regarding Senate Legislation on Commercial Building Fire Sprinkler Retrofit Tax Credit

BlazeMaster® Fire Protection Systems joins with the NFSA in encouraging everyone associated with the fire sprinkler industry to reach out to your Senators immediately to request that they co-sponsor S. 803 legislation.

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BlazeMaster vs. Generic  |  Chemical Compatibility  |  Residential

Fire Protection Systems: Failure Is Not an Option

Fire protection system failures at a 19-story newly-renovated Dallas hotel and a 10-story multifamily complex in Louisiana resulted in the need to temporarily relocate residents and guests, lost revenue, property damage that led to hundreds of thousands of dollars in repair bills and, in the Dallas incident, deployment of key fire department personnel onsite for extended watch for more than three months.

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BlazeMaster vs. Steel  |  Installation

Joining Methods For Fire Protection Systems: CPVC vs. Steel

Installation methods for fire protection systems vary depending on the materials involved. Each material’s specific joining method has a direct impact on three key factors: Cost: Installation and labor accounts for more than half of the system’s total upfront cost. Time: In new builds, construction deadlines may be tight. In retrofits, the building may remain occupied during construction, which means the system must be completed as quickly as possible. Reliability: Installation mistakes can lead to premature failures and unnecessary repairs, resulting in an unreliable system in the event of a fire. For this reason, contractors and installers can benefit from being proactive in their piping material recommendations to building owners.

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BlazeMaster vs. Generic  |  Case Studies

SuperHero Fire Protection Prefers to Install BlazeMasterⓇ Fire Protection Systems

Since its inception in 2012, Atlanta-based SuperHero Fire Protection has relied exclusively on BlazeMasterⓇ Fire Protection Systems to protect its customers and their residences. The full-service fire protection contractor mainly services residential properties such as single-family homes, townhomes, high-rise buildings and multi-family apartment complexes, where they face tight construction deadlines. By relying on BlazeMaster CPVC, SuperHero Fire Protection meets deadlines not possible with steel systems.  

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Chemical Compatibility

BlazeMaster® CPVC Use with Drywall, Concrete and Spray Foam

BlazeMasterⓇ Fire Protection Systems devotes time and resources to knowledge-sharing and testing to ensure products can be used safely and effectively. Chemical compatibility is often top of mind when working with CPVC. Spray foam, drywall and concrete are three common construction materials often in direct contact with BlazeMaster CPVC products, but with proper care, all three can be used without compatibility concerns.

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Industry News

How the IFSA and BlazeMaster® Fire Protection Systems Partnership Improves Fire Sprinkler Systems Across the Globe

The importance of fire sprinkler systems in building design cannot be overstated. In fact, there has never been a building fire that resulted in multiple-occupant loss of life when the structure had a properly designed, installed and maintained fire sprinkler system using certified components.

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Industry News  |  Residential

Why Fire Sprinkler Systems Are a Must in New Single Family Homes

New builds can be pricey. With consumers desiring luxury amenities such as granite countertops and custom flooring, they may not want to consider spending money on a fire sprinkler system—but it should be top of mind. Unfortunately, in most cases, fire sprinkler systems are not installed in homes unless required by law, which is why there is a glaring need for more ordinances and recommendations from builders.  

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Installation  |  Listings and Innovations

How to Navigate Fire Sprinkler System Material Selection and Bracing Requirements in Seismic Regions

All light hazard fire sprinkler system applications in seismic regions must have a properly braced system in order to withstand the effects of possible earthquakes. Strict building codes and requirements exist to ensure the safety of citizens, especially those along fault lines. With lives at stake, fire sprinkler system specifiers and installers must select the proper materials and meet bracing requirements.

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BlazeMaster vs. Steel  |  Installation

BlazeMaster® CPVC Provides Significant Installation Cost Savings Over Steel

One of the distinct advantages of BlazeMaster® CPVC over steel piping is time saved and ease of installation. BlazeMaster CPVC installation can greatly reduce the number of laborers required, eliminate the high price tag of skilled welders and help keep projects on schedule and on budget. BlazeMaster CPVC also has more stable material costs compared to metallic alternatives while still offering long-term reliability.  

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BlazeMaster vs. Steel

Why Use CPVC for Fire Sprinkler Systems?

One of the most common myths in the fire protection industry is that because CPVC is plastic, it will easily melt in a fire.

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BlazeMaster vs. Steel

What the Rising Cost of Steel Means for Your Fire Sprinkler System

An important consideration in any building project is the cost of materials. In most instances, contractors look to the highest quality product for the lowest cost. But, what happens when a common product is no longer affordable?

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BlazeMaster vs. Steel

How to Select the Right Installation Partner for your Fire Sprinkler System Project

The long-term reliability of any fire sprinkler system comes down to two things: 1. The quality of the piping material and 2. The installation. Selecting the contractor to install your fire protection system is one of the most important decisions you’ll make in this process.

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How to Avoid Performance and Maintenance Issues with Fire Sprinkler Systems

Fire sprinkler system reliability is critical to the safety and security of your building and occupants. Malfunctions or piping system issues come in a variety of forms, but some of the most common include restricted water flow, blocked sprinkler heads, and leaks within the system.

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Case Studies  |  Commercial  |  Residential

BlazeMaster® CPVC Fire Sprinkler System Identified as Best Option to Meet Tight Deadline

The long-standing real estate boom in Atlanta got an added boost with the completion of Phase I of Atlantic Station. The $2 billion development off I-85 in Atlanta is credited as being the community that launched the live-work-play concept that is quickly gaining popularity in other parts of the country.

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BlazeMaster vs. Steel

How Can CPVC Create a Reliable Fire Protection System?

Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride (CPVC) is a specially engineered thermoplastic first commercialized by Lubrizol in the early 1960’s. Since its first use, CPVC has steadily grown in popularity and is now used in industrial, commercial and residential buildings around the world. However, a thermoplastic may not be the first thing that comes to mind when discussing fire protection systems. So, what makes CPVC a viable piping material for fire sprinkler systems? A breakdown of the science of CPVC may help explain it.

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Case Studies  |  Commercial

BlazeMaster® Fire Protection Systems Saves Time and Money For New School Building

Like most school systems, the Colorado Independent School District in Colorado City, Texas, has more needs than it does money to fulfill them. So, when voters in the West Texas district in 2013 approved a $29.9 million bond issue for construction of a new school, district officials knew they would have to be efficient in spending taxpayers’ money. The district planned a new, larger building to house more than 700 students in grades K-8. It would replace two outdated elementary school buildings, each more than 65 years old. In addition to modern amenities and educational features, the new building would feature a fire sprinkler system, something its predecessors lacked. “We didn’t have any other fire sprinkler system in the district,” said Supt. Reggy Spencer.

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BlazeMaster vs. Generic  |  Commercial  |  Residential

Why BlazeMaster® CPVC for Fire Protection Systems

For 30 years, BlazeMaster® Fire Protection Systems have been specified for thousands of residential and commercial buildings around the world. But why are building owners and contractors choosing a thermoplastic fire sprinkler system over steel and other non-metallic materials?

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Case Studies  |  Commercial

BlazeMaster® Fire Sprinkler Systems Bring Broward County Schools Up to Code with Comprehensive, District-Wide Retrofit

A school building poses a tricky situation when it comes to installing a fire sprinkler system. Students fill hallways and classrooms constantly, whether it’s classes during the day, sports after school or on weekends, and activities throughout the summer. Finding the time to complete a major facility upgrade without disrupting the flurry of activity can be a challenge. Educational facilities rarely close long enough for this to take place. How do you solve this problem?

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Case Studies  |  Residential

Officials Install BlazeMaster® CPVC Fire Sprinklers to Meet Aggressive Schedule and Tight Budget

As one of only six universities with its own fire department, the University of Notre Dame, founded in 1842, is a prime example of an institution that places a high priority on fire protection. To minimize the potential devastation of residence hall fires, Notre Dame launched a retrofit program in 1979, installing sprinkler systems during the renovation of old buildings and the construction of new ones.

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Case Studies  |  Residential

Exposed Pipe Installation Significantly Reduces Cost of Fire Sprinkler Retrofit at the University of Kansas

Faced with a city ordinance that required its chapter house in Lawrence, Kansas, to be sprinklered before it could be occupied, Alpha Xi Delta Fraternity, Inc. solicited a number of bids from local contractors. The bids offered recommendations regarding the most cost-and time-efficient installation.

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How To Properly Attach Fire Sprinkler Heads

Whether part of a new system or replacing old or damaged heads, sprinkler head effectiveness and reliability often come down to proper installation. Our team of fire system experts has put together a general overview on how to properly install fire sprinkler heads with BlazeMaster® CPVC. The following steps will ensure leak-free, reliable, and properly positioned sprinkler heads. It is important to note that the following are general guidelines. BlazeMaster Fire Sprinkler Systems advises contractors review manufacturer instructions before installation.  

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Understanding Solvent Cement & CPVC Fire Protection Systems

The following is an excerpt from The Complete Guide To Solvent Cement & CPVC Fire Protection Systems. Download the full guide to discover more on what solvent cement is, how it works, the process for utilizing it in fire sprinkler applications and special considerations for successful installation.

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Case Studies  |  Residential

Home Improvement Expert Ron Hazelton Protects Home and Family with BlazeMaster® CPVC Fire Sprinkler System

Millions of homeowners across the United States have come to rely on Ron Hazelton for down-to-earth, practical advice. As the on-air Home Improvement Editor for ABC TV’s Good Morning America and star of the hit syndicated show HouseCalls, Hazelton has guided do-it-yourselfers for years through the ins and outs of countless home renovation and maintenance projects.

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How to Properly Cut CPVC Pipe for Fire Protection Systems

A simple cut-and-join process is one of the many advantages of BlazeMaster® Fire Protection Systems. By following a few simple steps, installers can cut CPVC piping to the desired length in just a few minutes and ensure a clean, straight edge every time.

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BlazeMaster vs. Steel

Are CPVC Fire Protection Systems as Reliable as Steel?

For years, building owners and contractors have relied on steel as the standard material for fire sprinkler systems. After all, steel is strong, durable, and stands up well to intense heat.

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Case Studies  |  Residential

Sigma Alpha Epsilon Becomes First Sprinklered Fraternity on Mount Union Campus

When Lee Miller returned to the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio, for his 25th year class reunion in 1987, he was dismayed to find his old Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house in shambles.

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Case Studies  |  Commercial

American Fire Systems Builds Firestopping Business With CPVC Pipe

It wasn’t that many years ago that codes first started mandating the practice of firestopping in various commercial applications. As a result, firestopping is still a relatively new service area offered by contractors who have chosen to expand their expertise.

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BlazeMaster vs. Generic  |  Listings and Innovations

Fire Protection System Standards, Codes, and Approvals Met By BlazeMaster® CPVC

CPVC broke into the plumbing and industrial piping industry in the late 1950’s, but it took a couple of decades to reach the highly regulated fire protection segment.

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15 Best Practices for CPVC Installation

CPVC installation is quick, easy, and cost-effective. Installation of CPVC piping is done through a simple one-step joining system so no torches or heat-fusion techniques are needed. Additionally, because CPVC is lightweight, installations in hard-to-reach places are completed more easily. Whether you’ve used BlazeMaster® Pipe and Fittings before or if this is your first time, following best practices will ensure proper installation and a reliable, long-lasting fire sprinkler system.

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Case Studies  |  Residential

Benedictine College Chooses BlazeMaster® CPVC to Preserve Historical Architecture and Minimize Project Costs

Like many campuses across the country, Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas (about one hour north of Kansas City), not long ago found itself in need of additional student housing due to an increase in its student population. The administration first turned its attention to its old Freshman Hall (now called Ferrell Hall), which had remained empty since the 1970s.

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6 Common Misconceptions About CPVC Fire Protection Systems

While steel fire protection systems have been the traditional choice for retrofits and residential applications, CPVC, or chlorinated polyvinyl chloride, has a proven track record of cost-effective and time-saving installations. With 600 million meters (1,968 feet) of piping system installed in more than 60 countries, BlazeMaster® CPVC Fire Protection Systems has become a safe, secure and reliable alternative material to steel in fire sprinkler systems.

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Industry News  |  Installation

New Tyco® Rapid Seal Adapter Available for BlazeMaster® CPVC Fire Sprinkler Systems

The Tyco® Rapid Seal Adapter is the newest addition to its BlazeMaster® Fire Protection offering. Made with BlazeMaster CPVC, this all-CPVC fitting simplifies the way sprinkler heads are installed into fire protection systems.

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BlazeMaster® Fire Protection System Free Online Training Program

Proper fire sprinkler system installation is crucial to its long-term success and reliability. For this reason, BlazeMaster® Fire Protection Systems has developed a free online training program covering installation best practices and sharing valuable resources. At your own pace, work through the course material, and upon completion (and at Lubrizol’s discretion), you will receive a BlazeMaster online installation training card and certificate.

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Case Studies  |  Residential

Multifamily Housing Complex Saved by BlazeMaster® Fire Protection System

What started as routine maintenance at a Jamestown, North Carolina multi-family complex turned into a dangerous, life-threatening situation for a construction team member of LEC Properties Incorporated. The team member was cleaning the weeks-old, 460-unit luxury Crowne Lake Two when fuel used to refill a pressure washer in the breezeway spilled onto the already hot exhaust system, igniting into a blazing fire.

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Case Studies  |  Residential

High-Rise Dorm Fire Sprinkler Retrofit Completed in Record Time

Largest dorm in North America completes fire sprinkler retrofit in record 11 months without displacing students   With 3,000 beds inside and one-million+ square feet of housing comprising an entire city block, Jester Center at the University of Texas Austin was recognized as the largest dormitory in North America when it was built.

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BlazeMaster vs. Steel  |  Case Studies

Dependable Performance Prompts Repeated Use of BlazeMaster® CPVC

Thirty-four years ago the fire sprinkler industry witnessed something never seen before – the first commercial installation of a CPVC fire sprinkler system. The system was a BlazeMaster® CPVC fire protection system. The installation was at the world renowned Fontainebleau Hilton Resort, which has often been described as the crown jewel of Millionaire’s Row on Miami Beach with its 920 grand rooms and more than 50 suites. Over the years, the Fontainebleau has been home to movie stars and has been visited by every American president since Eisenhower. Films shot on location include Goldfinger, Scarface and The Bodyguard. Its magnificent image is enhanced with such special attractions like a 7,000 square-foot Octopus pool with its 240-foot water slide. Other amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, three whirlpool baths, a shopping arcade, business center and 190,000 square feet of meeting space.

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BlazeMaster vs. Steel  |  Case Studies

Tight Construction Schedules Are No Problem For Affordable Fire Protection

Conversion to BlazeMaster® CPVC Pipe Allows Leading Southeast Sprinkler Contractor To Meet Schedules Not Possible With Steel   Affordable Fire Protection, Inc. (AFP), one of the largest fire sprinkler contractors in the Southeast, promotes itself as having been an early adopter of BlazeMaster Fire Protection Systems, and for good reason. With more than 200 employees installing, on average, 200,000 sprinklers each year, the rapidly growing company has its hands full with a broad range of multi-family, high-rise and light hazard projects – each with its own tight construction schedule.

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Case Studies  |  Residential

BlazeMaster® Fire Protection System Retrofit Readies Residence Halls

When five students died tragically in a fire at the University of North Carolina, Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., embarked on an ambitious program to retrofit all campus housing with fire sprinkler systems. The university was limited to working on the project from mid-May to mid-August, when the number of students requiring campus housing was greatly reduced. Two buildings were completed during the first summer, then four in the summer of 1998, and six in 1999.

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