Putting down sprinkler systems during a fire saves lives. Well-maintained fire sprinklers help suppress smoke and flames, reducing damage and allowing everyone to escape safely until the fire department arrives, as well as active and passive fire protection measures.
Real estate developers and homebuilders often negotiate the conditions for obtaining residential construction permits with communities. Developers and builders are concerned with improving their bottom lines; communities reduce costs associated with growth.
Fire protection costs are a significant part of public expenditures. Water mains and wide roads are needed in residential areas that are growing and close-spaced fire hydrants for manual fire suppression. Despite this, many groups object to installing residential fire sprinkler systems, despite their apparent answer to many of these obstacles. This resistance typically stems from myths about the cost or performance of the systems.
The fact that multipurpose residential fire sprinkler systems can reduce costs for developers and builders is often overlooked by them and their communities. Fire sprinkler systems are relatively new on the residential market, but they're quickly becoming a preferred option for municipal governments.
Multipurpose residential fire sprinkler system
Residential fire sprinkler systems that are multifunctional combine a domestic cold water system with a residential fire sprinkler system. Due to the elimination of a redundant piping system, construction costs and coordination time on site are reduced, and material and labor costs are reduced. The new system should be several percentage points cheaper than running each independently.
The relevant National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards contain the design parameters for multipurpose residential fire sprinkler systems:
NFPA 13D, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Buildings and Manufactured Homes; or Standard for Sprinkler System Installation in Occupations Up to and Including Four Stories, NFPA 13R. In terms of requirements, the standards are relatively straightforward. The purpose of this is to alert the design engineer to potential issues not covered readily by these standards, including fire department connections, water-supply pressure, and backflow prevention.