The Continued Evolution of Clean Agent Systems – Presented at the 2013 SFPE Greater Atlanta Fire Safety Conference
I am honored to have been asked to speak at last week’s SFPE-Greater Atlanta Chapter’s 9th Annual Fire Safety Conference at the Gwinnett Center located in Duluth, GA. The conference is one of the most prevalent and well-attended fire safety conferences in the nation that provides professional development hours for those attending.
My presentation, “Continued Evolution of Clean Agent Systems” was held on Wednesday, March 13th and reviewed the evolution of certain clean agent fire suppression system design requirements. Before the 1990’s, the two most predominant gaseous agents used in fire suppression systems were Halon 1301 and carbon dioxide (CO2). Each agent had its own NFPA design and installation standard. However, in response to environmental protection regulations, production and import of Halon 1301 in the US was halted as of January 1, 1994. New Halon replacement agents emerged, known as clean agents. As a result, a new, more complex NFPA standard was developed to accommodate the growing number of new clean agents. Three changes published in the 2012 edition of NFPA 2001 were reviewed during the presentation: Actuator solenoid supervision-in-place requirement with future effective date; Class A surface fire hazard design concentration safety factor modification; and Class C fire hazard design concentration safety factor increase.
The “Continued Evolution of Clean Agent Systems” presentation was geared towards building and fire officials, contractors, and engineers who may be involved in the design, installation, or approval of clean agent systems. If you were unable to make it to last week’s Fire Safety Conference, but are interested in learning more about this important topic, check out these resources, including my presentation:
- Continued Evolution of Clean Agent Systems – a presentation by Jeff Harrington
- Effects of Radiant Heat Flux on Clean Agent Performance for Class-C Standards – a thesis by Romil Patel (University of Maryland)
- Class C Study – a presentation by Romil Patel (University of Maryland)
- Class C Clean Agent Testing Using External Energy Augmentation from 5 to 20 kW/m2 With and Without Air Movement – a presentation by Fike
- Potential Problems With Computer Hard Disks When Fire Extinguishing Systems are Released – a white paper by Siemen’s
If you have questions, would like more information, or need help in regards to clean agent systems, feel free to contact us.
By Jeff Harrington, CEO and Founder of Harrington Group, Inc.