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UL Listings & FM Approvals: Their Impact on Fire Sprinkler System Design

approx 90 minutes - 4 parts - Originally Presented July 2006

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How and why do Underwriters Laboratories and FM Approvals test and continually retest particular products and approve them for installation under specific guidelines? Why do some requirements on FM Approvals Property Loss Prevention Data Sheets vary from NFPA 13 requirements? Why can't one extended coverage sprinkler be substituted for any other extended coverage sprinkler?


Why should a fire sprinkler system designer always reference the latest listing/approval sheet on a product? Why should an AHJ ask that a manufacturer's cut sheet be attached for products included in a fire sprinkler system design?


"Because there are installation requirements based on the product listing or approval that are not covered in NFPA 13," says AFSA's VP of Technical Services Roland Huggins, P.E. "For example, NFPA 13 says there should be an 8 ft separation between extended coverage sprinklers, but some extended coverage sprinklers require a 10 ft separation. Also, the installation criteria for certain products such as sprinklers intended to protect attics and combustible concealed spaces are not addressed in NFPA 13. There are a lot of things not covered in NFPA standards that are required in a fire sprinkler installation because of the product's particular listing or approval."


This important seminar, presented by experts from Underwriters Laboratories and FM Approvals, will benefit fire department and building code authorities who inspect or approve fire sprinkler systems, as well as the contractors and layout technicians who design and install the systems. Upon completion of this seminar, the participant should be able to describe the background behind these two organizations that list and/or approve specific products for the fire sprinkler industry and restate how the process works. Participants should also be able to explain some of the subtle but critical differences between NFPA 13 and specific requirements of products that carry UL Listings and/or FM Approvals and how they affect fire sprinkler system layout.


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Kerry M. Bell, P.E. is a principal engineer at Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) specializing in fire sprinkler and pump equipment. Since 1976, he has been involved in UL?s testing and certification activities related to a variety of fire suppression products including fire sprinkler system equipment, portable fire extinguishers and special hazard extinguishing systems. He has authored several technical papers related to these products and has also contributed time as a speaker for numerous seminars and events sponsored by organizations such as NFPA, SFPE and industry associations and is vice chairman of UL's Fire Council.


George E. Laverick is a principal engineer with Underwriters Laboratories Inc. He has been employed by UL since 1973 in the Fire Suppression area and has worked in various capacities, including the preparation of test programs and requirements for new water-based fire suppression safety related products for performance and safety. Laverick has been responsible for certification of fire sprinkler system related suppression devices, including valves and fittings and participated in the planning and development of requirements for devices that resulted in new standards for evaluation of these fire suppression devices in the categories of residential sprinklers, ESFR sprinklers, and water mist nozzles.


Roger L. Allard is Assistant Vice president and principal engineer at FM Approvals. Allard joined FM Approvals in 1974 as a mechanical engineer in the Hydraulics Section and held the positions of senior engineer, assistant manager, and group manager before assuming his present position as principal engineer in 2004. He is a registered professional engineer, and a member of the Rhode Island Society of Professional Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers, the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).


Thomas G. McCarty is loss prevention coordinator for FM Approvals in Norwood, Mass. He has over 30 years of practicing property loss prevention, including experience as: field engineer with FM Engineering Association, metallurgical test engineer in Factory Mutual Research Corporation, department manager for Field Application Data Sheets, group manager/field engineering Chicago operations, operations chief inspector of boilers and pressure vessels, and industry leader, staff engineering responsible for telecommunications occupancies and eCommerce risk assessments.


Weston Baker, a Senior Engineering Specialist at FM Global, has been with FM Global for over 20 years. He is primarily responsible for many of FM Global's property loss prevention data sheets related to sprinkler systems and storage protection