NFPA 914 Code for Fire Protection of Historic Structures – 2010 Edition

91410One of the most common difficulties fire safety professionals face in protecting historic buildings and historic sites against fire is the lack of suitable prescriptive standards.

Historic buildings hardly comply common safety rules and any specific standard for such constructions can only ask few safety features.

The only suitable way to assess safety in the most of historic buildings is using fire safety engineering methods, which pose, onĀ  the other hand, several problems due to the lack of data about fire behavior of historic materials.

In order to help everyone who operates, uses, and visits such structures, NFPA 914: Code for Fire Protection of Historic Structures (2010 edition) gives the latest requirements for fire protection and fire preventionĀ  . Provisions of this essential document acknowledge the need to preserve the historic character of these unique occupancies while providing the necessary level of life safety and fire protection. The 2010 edition addresses fundamental arguments as:

  • security
  • prescriptive and performance-based options
  • management
  • addition, alteration and rehabilitation works, and fire precautions during construction, repair and alteration works
  • special events
  • inspection, testing and maintenance

More over the new edition address:

* Survey forms for conducting arson vulnerability assessments

* Guidance on the implementation of operational controls

* Provisions for the use of arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) to protect electrical circuits

* Wildfire protection criteria

* Criteria for determining contractor qualifications

* Inspection, testing, and maintenance requirements for premises security systems

* Criteria for special event protection and security

* New annex containing historic building fire case studies

* New annex addressing protection of historic districts

* New annex containing security system provisions

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