Sprinkler System

OCCUPANCY TYPE
(new building)
CODE REF. SPRINKLER REQUIREMENTS
AMBULATORY No Requirement
ASSEMBLY (12.3.5.1, 12.3.5.2 and 9.7) Yes, required when the total aggregate occupant load exceeds 300 occupants.Required also on following occupancies;
(1) Dance Halls
(2) Discotheques
(3) Nightclubs
(4) Festival Seating
BUSINESS No Requirement
HEALTHCARE (18.3.5.1, 18.3.5.2 and 9.7) Yes, using quick-response or residential sprinklers throughout smoke compartments containing patient sleeping rooms and in light hazard areas
EDUCATIONAL (14.3.5.1, up to 14.3.5.4 and 9.7) Yes, required when;a) building >1,120 sqm
b) > 4 stories in height
c) required on basement
ONE & TWO FAMILY DWELLINGS
(24.3.5.1 and 9.7) Yes, required as per NFPA. But QCDD doesn’t requires.
HOTELS AND DORMITORIES
(28.3.5.1 and 9.7) Yes, whole building is required to be protected throughout by an approved, supervised automatic sprinkler in accordance with 28.3.5.3
APARTMENTS
(30.3.5.1 and 9.7) Yes, whole building is required to be protected throughout by an approved, supervised automatic sprinkler in accordance with 30.3.5.3. Listed quick-response or listed residential sprinklers shall be used throughout all dwelling units.
MERCANTILE
(36.3.5.1 and 9.7) Yes required if;a) building is three or more storey in height
b) gross area >1,115 sqm
c) basement floor > 232 sqm
d) multiple occupancies
INDUSTRIAL
(40.3.5) No requirements
STORAGE
(42.3.5) No requirements
automatic fire sprinkler systems are required to be installed in accordance with NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems. NFPA 101(00), Sec. 2.1.1 references the 1999 edition of NFPA 13.

The minimum operating pressure of any sprinkler head for determining the water supply requirements shall be not less than 0.5 bar (7 PSI) in the light hazard occupancy and 1.0 bar (14.5 PSI) in the ordinary hazard occupancies.

The maximum operating pressure in a sprinkler system shall not be more than 12 bar. Where higher operating pressure is used for the sprinkler system, all the sprinklers, pipes and fittings shall be rated for the higher operating pressure, however the operating pressure shall be more than 16 bar in any case.

Notes:

  • Code Reference used is NFPA-101 2012 edition unless otherwise noted.
  • These information is not complete and intended to be used as quick references only, always refer to NFPA or your local codes for complete information.
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