Fire and Smoke Damper Trade-Offs -- At What Cost?

Lovell, Vickie J.
October 2007
Heating/Piping/Air Conditioning Engineering;Fall2007 Supplement, Vol. 79, p10
The article offers tips for enhancing the features of automatic fire sprinklers. An overview was given on how the concept of trade-offs governed the International Building Code (IBC) in setting up fire safety devices. Comment showed that the problem arises when built-in fire safety systems were eliminated to offset installation of fire sprinkler systems. The move to install fire and smoke dampers in building code provisions as an added safety measure to faulty existing fire sprinklers is also discussed.


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