What are some of the strategies NFPA 909 and NFPA 914 use to guide in the protection of cultural resource properties and structures?

March 13, 2024

by Nils Deacon, Manager, Inspections and Rating Services

The codes strongly emphasize the importance of adequate means of egress for anyone using the subject buildings. Central station fire alarms and fire protection in the form of automatic sprinklers and other protective systems are strongly recommended as well. Fire detection using wireless detectors and optical beam detectors could be used to protect the aesthetic quality of the interior.

Protection Goals are developed to acknowledge “equivalency” features in a building. These goals are part of mitigation measures to protect from fire loss. This could include recognizing that large spaces in the building, including high ceilings, may provide additional time for people to exit the building. This feature could allow for moderation in other conventional means of egress measures used in buildings that would not be covered by these codes.

Other “reasonable levels of protection” could encourage added use of horizontal and vertical fire stops that prevent the spread of fire through walls. Another might be use of AFCIs – Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters for all electric fixtures, not just in areas exposed to water.

DISCLAIMER: This information reflects the interpretation of MSO, Inc. with regard to NFPA Standards and Codes. It does not represent NFPA’s official position on the items discussed.

Trinity College Dublin – Long Room being prepared for enhanced fire protection measures.