Contrary to popular misconceptions, BlazeMaster® Fire Protection Systems is not just for residential applications – it’s the right choice for any light hazard project. For instance, BlazeMaster fire sprinkler systems are playing an important role in helping school districts save money while ensuring the highest protection for students and staff. Fire safety in schools is important because every year, fires in K-12 schools in the U.S. cause $37 million in property damage, at least one death and 39 injuries, according to data from the National Fire Protection Association. Fire extinguishers are important to school fire safety – but only if someone discovers the fire in time. Fire sprinkler systems work to suppress a fire before it can spread, even if no one is present. Here are key considerations for choosing BlazeMaster pipe and fitting systems over steel pipe for your next school project.
Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPUF) has been used successfully with BlazeMaster® pipe and fitting systems for more than 20 years, primarily in the attics and walls of single-family homes that have fire sprinklers. SPUF is an increasingly popular insulation that enhances energy efficiency and improves comfort in the home. When installing SPUF around CPVC pipe and fittings, it’s important to use proper installation techniques to prevent issues related to chemical compatibility and heat generated during application. Here are best practices to ensure your project is a success.
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When planning to add or replace a fire sprinkler system to an existing building, your upfront decisions in choosing materials will have a big impact on the cost, timeframe, impact on tenants, and long-term success of the project. BlazeMaster® Fire Protection Systems offers many advantages that can ensure you keep your customer happy.
With more than 5,700 fires in U.S. healthcare facilities each year, the choice of materials for fire sprinkler systems in hospitals and other settings is an important consideration. While steel pipe has been the traditional choice, there has been growing adoption of BlazeMaster® Fire Protection Systems to meet the unique fire protection challenges experienced in the healthcare industry. BlazeMaster is UL listed and FM approved for all light hazard applications as defined by NFPA 13, which includes a vast range of healthcare facilities like hospitals, medical offices, nursing facilities, outpatient surgical centers, imaging and radiology centers, care homes, and many more.
BlazeMaster CPVC fire sprinkler systems have been protecting people and property for nearly 40 years. Many of the systems constructed as far back as 1984, when BlazeMaster Fire Protection Systems was launched, are still in service. Because of CPVC’s long life expectancy, these older systems can perform just as well as newer ones.
It’s widely known that resistance to heat and flame is a primary advantage of CPVC over other thermoplastics. BlazeMaster maintains its structure and continues to hold internal water pressure when directly exposed to a flame to ensure sprinkler water will reach and extinguish a fire. But did you ever wonder why BlazeMaster has these qualities? Let’s explore some of the science on this important topic.
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You know how to use solvent cement, but are your solvent cement skills ready for the cold weather in the months ahead? BlazeMaster solvent cement is tested and listed for use down to 0°F (-17°C), but it’s important to follow best practices when solvent welding in colder temperatures. Remember, you aren’t “gluing” CPVC. Solvent cement welding is a fast, easy installation process that uses solvents and CPVC resin to chemically fuse the pipe and fittings together at the molecular level. Unlike glue, solvent cement doesn’t just adhere two pieces together – it creates one continuous piece of plastic that becomes the strongest part of a piping system.
Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) play a critical role in our industry by reviewing plans, issuing permits, and conducting inspections that ensure a fire protection system will work as designed to protect people and property. An AHJ inspection is always a moment of truth for a contractor and is typically the culmination of an ongoing dialogue and a positive working relationship.
Concrete construction is a popular technique for ceilings and walls in a wide range of applications, such as schools, office buildings, apartments, warehouses, factories, and residential homes. Embedding a CPVC fire sprinkler system in the concrete surfaces offers a variety of advantages over steel pipe – and BlazeMaster® Fire Protection Systems offers the industry’s only UL® listing for this purpose.
Easy installation is one of the top advantages BlazeMaster Fire Protection Systems offer over traditional steel types. CPVC is installed with a quick, simple joining process that allows one person to cover an area using basic hand tools along with a quick, one-step solvent cement welding process.
Like other piping materials, BlazeMaster CPVC expands as temperatures rise and contracts as temperatures fall. That means that the pipe will get longer in warm temperatures and shorter when it’s colder, which creates stress on the pipe that can lead to premature reliability issues. For example, a pipe constrained at both ends will be stressed as it expands when temperatures rise. Eventually, the pipe may crack or break, creating a leak. Expansion and contraction is mainly a concern in unconditioned spaces, such as attics. In conditioned spaces, there is minimal change in temperature and as a result little expansion and contraction. But it is important to keep expansion and contraction in mind when installing in very hot or cold weather before the HVAC system is operational. In these situations, there will be an initial expansion or contraction of the system.
Market conditions and best practices are constantly evolving in the fire protection industry, and that’s certainly been true so far in 2021. To help you stay current, we looked into recent developments that can help contractors and installers secure new projects and ensure quality installations. Here are our top six trends:
Fire sprinkler installers play a critical role in ensuring BlazeMaster® Fire Protection Systems are effective in protecting people and property. Every foot of pipe and every sprinkler head an installer puts in place may save the life of a building occupant or first responder. That’s why we offer a variety of training options to help installers stay current on best practices and credentialing. While in-person trainings are on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions, we offer live and self-paced online training programs that cover all the essential information.
BlazeMaster® CPVC is known for easy installation, and our quick, one-step solvent cement process is a key part of that. Compared to the heat welding used with steel pipe, solvent cement welding offers a safer working environment, because there’s no need for heavy machinery or electric tools.
Safety is always the first priority when installing BlazeMaster® Fire Protection Systems. We sometimes get questions about the best safety practices for using solvent cement, which joins pipe with fittings to create durable bonds that ensure the fire sprinklers work as planned. Solvent cement is safe to use, and that’s based on our 60 years of experience in working with CPVC and solvent cements. It’s a low-VOC material, which means it emits relatively low amounts of volatile organic compounds. We work closely with our partner manufacturers to support extensive safety testing, beyond what is required by law. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which evaluates health effects of long-term exposure to products, placed solvent cement in its second-lowest category.
You may have heard from unreliable sources that BlazeMaster® CPVC is only for use in single-family and multi-family residences. In fact, BlazeMaster is available for all light hazard applications ranging from high-rise offices and condos to schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and many more.
Our one-step solvent cement joining method provides a quick, simple, safe, and reliable way to join BlazeMaster® CPVC piping and fittings. However, it’s important to consider the temperature at the job site, because solvent cement can function a bit differently in hot or cold environments.
Ensuring chemical compatibility is a top concern for everyone that deals with CPVC sprinkler systems – installers, contractors, designers and building owners. Just as water causes steel pipe to rust, some materials may impact the longevity of CPVC. To ensure a fire protection system works as planned over its full lifespan, BlazeMaster® CPVC must be used in conjunction with compatible ancillary products such as thread sealants, gaskets, lubricants and firestop materials.
When it comes to choosing materials" for a fire protection system, BlazeMaster® CPVC offers many advantages over steel pipe. It’s easier to install, will never corrode and provides a cost-effective solution for a wide range of commercial as well as residential projects. Yet some installers and specifiers still have reservations about using CPVC because of lingering myths about durability, cost, strength, flame resistance and others. These outdated misconceptions remain too common despite a remarkable track record. BlazeMaster CPVC has been protecting people and property for over 30 years with more than 2 billion feet installed globally.
Recent updates to our Underwriter Laboratories (UL) listings for exposed basements are likely a welcome change for contractors who work on NFPA 13D systems. Before the update, listings required system mains to run perpendicular to the joists; branch lines had to run parallel to the joists. With the updates to the listings for unfinished basements, BlazeMaster CPVC system mains and branch lines can be installed perpendicular and/or parallel to the joists. You just need to follow the proper procedures in the manufacturer’s installation guide. Here’s a quick rundown:
We recently introduced a new descriptor line that reflects what we offer to the global fire protection industry. Developing the message was a good opportunity to reflect on the core mission of BlazeMaster® Fire Protection Systems. We looked at a number of options and finally decided that three simple words sum up who we are: science, service and safety. Let’s take a few minutes to unpack what those words mean to us.
One of the common myths about BlazeMaster® CPVC is that it is limited to residential applications. But a recent project in Sacramento – a three-building, 24,000-square-foot commercial building complex – highlights how BlazeMaster CPVC helped Alwest Fire Protection save the building owner money while getting the job done efficiently.
When fire strikes, every second counts. While a fire sprinkler system is the holy grail – no one has died in North America as a result of an accidental fire when fire sprinklers have been operational – there’s more we can do to help our customers stay safe. Every homeowner needs an escape plan to ensure everyone can move to safety quickly, especially those without a fire sprinkler system. We can encourage them to make a plan and point them to the right resources. An escape plan is critical because, without a sprinkler system, a fire can reach the deadly “flashover” stage in as few as three minutes – well before the fire crews can arrive. No one survives flashover.
BlazeMaster® CPVC offers a variety of advantages over steel for fire protection systems. Yet after more than 30 years on the market, there remain lingering myths and misinformation about CPVC.
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BlazeMaster® CPVC is designed for decades of reliable use in fire protection systems around the world. But when issues occur in the field, we want to know exactly what went wrong so we can help our customers prevent problems in the future. It’s a value-added service that also helps our customers know the facts so they can respond to any claims that may arise from a leak or other failure.
BlazeMaster® Fire Protection Systems is the only CPVC fire sprinkler pipe and fitting system with a UL listing for embedding in cast-in-place concrete during new construction.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An online search for the word sustainability reveals this initial definition: “the ability to be maintained at a certain rate or level.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Home builders can add value to their new home offerings and attract buyers by including fire sprinkler systems.
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.
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.
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.
A new section of the 2019 edition of NFPA 13 (220.127.116.11.2) 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:
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Most fire sprinkler systems will require modification at some point over their long lifetime of providing safety to people and protection for property.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
BlazeMaster® CPVC is a strong, durable material that maintains its structure better than most commonly used plastics.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Fire protection systems are only as reliable as the supply mains that serve them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One of the most common myths in the fire protection industry is that because CPVC is plastic, it will easily melt in a fire.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.