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Back to Basics: Sprinklers for Residential Buildings

Posted on April 7, 2017

Sprinkler systems are an integral part of a building’s fire protection system and as such are governed by several standards.

Sprinkler systems are subject to Chapter 9 (Fire Protection Systems) and Appendix Q (Modified National Standards for Automatic Sprinkler, Standpipe, Fire Pump and Fire Alarm Systems)of the 2014 NYC Building Code. Chapter 9 (Fire Protection Systems) of the 2014 NYC Fire Code also has regulations for sprinkler systems.

Most residential building (group R occupancies) are required to have an automatic sprinkler system.  Automatic sprinkler systems are NOT required in detached one-family dwelling, detached two-family dwellings, and townhouses if the residences are three stories or less above grade and have separate means of egress.

To view our previous newsletter regarding retroactive sprinkler requirements for high-rise office buildings click here.

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