Warehouse buildings typically have a lower occupant load than other types of facilities, but they also have a much higher combustible fuel load. As a result, it usually takes more effort (more water or extinguishing agent) and a more sophisticated fire extinguishing system to control a fire that breaks out in such a facility.
The most common method of protecting a warehouse facility is through the installation of a wet-pipe automatic fire sprinkler system. NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems typically requires a water discharge density range of 0.30 gpm per square foot to 0.60 gpm per square foot. In order to achieve greater density outputs, large drop sprinkle rs or ESFR sprinklers are often specified. Where extremely high value products are being protected or where the protected products react negatively to water, an alternative automatic extinguishing system can be installed.
In addition to building code and fire code analyses, Zari Consulting Group will address the fire sprinkler system demands (water output) that is necessary for buildings based on NFPA 13 requirements. Our analysis is based on the material composition (fuel load) of the protected product, as well as the configuration (solid piled, racked, encapsulated) and the aisle width.
We can also be involved in the sprinkler design and determine if an alternate method of protection is warranted.