What NFPA codes provide guidance for protection of historic and culturally signficant properties?

March 13, 2024

by Nils Deacon, Manager, Inspections and Rating Services

NFPA 909, Code for the Protection of Cultural Resource Properties – Museums, Libraries, and Places of Worship; and NFPA 914 – Code for the Protection of Historic Structures.
These codes blend effective fire protection standards with preservation of original qualities of the buildings and collections within them. They strive “to maintain the historic fabric and integrity of the building” – NFPA 914.

Each code utilizes “Protection Goals,” where various elements of the property are evaluated. This would include construction characteristics, value of objects within, and how the buildings are used. Any fire safety issues are identified and addressed. Keeping in mind the unique cultural significance of the properties, a “reasonable level of protection” and acknowledgement of the value of the “continuity of operations” is part of the protection plan.

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.

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