Codes & Standards


History and Development of the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code (NFPA 72)

Tuesday, January 01, 2013 by MNEC Staff | Codes & Standards ·

History and Development of the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code (NFPA 72)
Fire alarm systems were first used when the City of Boston placed the first public fire reporting system into service at noon on April 28, 1852. Standardization and regulation would lag behind the introduction of new technology by 50 years, but it wouldn't always be that way. Read more.

Applicable Codes & Standards

Tuesday, January 01, 2013 by MNEC Staff | Codes & Standards · NFPA ·

Applicable Codes & Standards
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the International Code Council (ICC) develop national codes and standards for our built environment. Codes define the requirements for “where” systems and features are installed and standards define “how” the systems must be installed. Read more.

Control and Communication Units for Mass Notification Systems 2572

Tuesday, January 01, 2013 by MNEC Staff | Codes & Standards ·

Control and Communication Units for Mass Notification Systems 2572
These requirements cover discrete electrical control units, communication units, distributed recipient mass notification control units and dedicated targeted individual receiving equipment, high power speaker arrays, transport products which manipulate the data packets, and accessories for mass notification systems to be employed in accordance with the National Fire Alarm Code. Read more.

Code Adoption

Tuesday, January 01, 2013 by MNEC Staff | Codes & Standards · NFPA ·

Code Adoption
NFPA 72 is technically not a code. It contains some code requirements, particularly for dwellings, but it is primarily an installation standard that is referenced (adopted) by other enabling codes. Adoption of NFPA 72 will be driven by the adoption of enabling codes like the IBC and NFPA 101. Both of these documents will most likely reference the 2010 code in their next revision cycle. However, not every jurisdiction adopts these documents when they are issued by their respective standards developing… Read more.

Significant Changes from the 2007 NFPA 72 Code

Tuesday, January 01, 2013 by MNEC Staff | Codes & Standards · NFPA ·

Significant Changes from the 2007 NFPA 72 Code
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) technical committees responsible for NFPA 72 have been very busy over the past two years. There were many historic changes to NFPA 72 in the 2010 edition. First and foremost is the change to the title and scope of the Code, now called National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code. Read more.

Code Enforcement

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 by MNEC Staff | Codes & Standards ·

Code Enforcement
Local code enforcement officials can, by law, only enforce the adopted code (code of record). Enabling codes such as the IBC or NFPA 101 will almost always need to be adopted first. However, some jurisdictions may choose to adopt NFPA 72 by transcript (directly, without reference by another code). Enabling codes will probably reference the new NFPA 72 when they are revised in 2012, but that hasn't happened yet. Read more.

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