Fire & Life Safety: Suppression systems

Webcast date: July 21, 2022

Fire suppression design is one of the most important aspects of fire and life safety engineering. Every project has unique requirements, and engineers should understand planning and implementing fire protection systems for a wide range of building types and hazard levels.

Fire suppression frequently includes a sprinkler system to extinguish or contain a fire. Suppression systems include water suppression, gaseous agents, pre-action systems, clean agent suppression systems and a host of specialty systems. Fire sprinkler systems are considered active fire suppression systems.

Learning objectives:

  • Explain the minimum building codes that govern fire suppression systems, such as the International Building Code, International Fire Code and a variety of NFPA codes and standards.
  • Assess the various active fire suppression systems available, and which ones are appropriate to specify in the design.
  • Touch on specialty fire suppression systems and their uses.
  • Apply this knowledge by reviewing recent fire/life safety protection design examples.