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Focus On NFPA 92

Las Vegas is an appropriate venue for reviewing tragedies, successes, and Standards past and present.
March 1, 2014
Las Vegas is a popular spot for tourists, gamblers, and even fire protection enthusiasts.
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Building Automation

Controls Retrofits – Preserving Smoke Control

Follow these three steps when it comes time to upgrade critical life safety manage-ment.
January 2, 2014
Following a tragic fire in a Las Vegas hotel in the 1980’s, the industry recognized the dangers to occupants from smoke inhalation during a fire emergency.
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Duct Smoke Detector

September 25, 2013
System Sensor has released its NEMA 4-rated D4120W InnovairFlex watertight duct smoke detectors.
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Tomorrow's Environment

How Safe Is Your HVAC System?

Whether it’s terrorism or a natural disaster or accident, building managers must be ready for multiple “worst-case scenarios.”
September 23, 2013
Back in July 2012, this magazine published an article titled “HVAC Security Emergencies — No Terrorists Required” with very little reader response to this most serious issue.
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Life Safety Upgrades In Historic Buildings

September 23, 2013
Retrofitting more than a half-million square feet of heavily used space for better life safety coverage is never simple. Peculiarities of building design and existing materials only made the task tougher for this project team as they sought to integrate NFPA and GSA requirements into a successful and safe solution.
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Managing Smoke In A Health Care Facility

The special nature of the occupants and activities in these facilities create special IAQ requirements, and the concerns only multiply when fire and smoke enter the picture.
July 1, 2013
The special nature of the occupants and activities in these facilities create special IAQ requirements, and the concerns only multiply when fire and smoke enters the picture. See how current codes and designs employ a combination of active and passive strategies, building on past approaches to minimize future incidents.
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Case In Point

University streamlines operations with fire alarm upgrades

April 26, 2013
Alfred University in Alfred, NY, has once again teamed up with FSC Systems LLC to upgrade fire and life safety systems on campus. The upgrades are not just making buildings on campus safer, but they are cutting down on associated costs and labor.
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Case In Point

Tennessee district escapes proprietary systems and saves by re-using existing wire in fire safety upgrade

The Cheatham County School District saves $120,000 to $150,000 by reworking fire equipment already in the building.
February 27, 2013
Fire-Lite Alarms by Honeywell systems transformed the fire protection throughout a dozen elementary, middle, and high school facilities in the Cheatham County School District (Ashland City, TN).
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A New Generation Of Smoke Detectors

October 1, 2012
Here, we depart from our occasional focus on controlling smoke, yielding the floor to a life safety veteran weighing in about a new development for detecting it. Some historical context around detector types and testing methods paves the way for an explanation of why the new approach may become a welcome option for many applications … if it catches on.
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HVAC Security Emergencies: No Terrorist Required

July 2, 2012
Plenty of potential ventilation crises await many otherwise unassuming buildings, thanks to nothing more sinister than truck accidents, emissions from nearby buildings, or unavoidable natural disasters. However, by pairing a clear basis of design with HVAC response strategies, building owners can apply some forethought and preparation to avoid worst-case consequences. Start by asking the right questions about your facility.
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How to Calculate Backup Power Supply Requirements for Your Facility

On-Demand This webinar reviews how to determine power requirements of facility loads; electrical characteristics and impact of different types of loads such as large motors and UPS systems on power supply sizing; acceptable power sources and other constraints applied by building codes; and how software tools can be used to simplify the process of calculating backup power requirements.  

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