Summary of significant changes to the 6
edition of the VA Fire Protection Design Manual
A. Clarified building construction type and building separation requirements (see Ch 2).B. Clarified requirements for parking garages (see Ch 2).C. Clarified door locking criteria to comply with NFPA 101 (see Ch 2).D. Clarified requirements for data centers (wet pipe sprinkler protection continues to be required) (seeCh 3).E. Clarified water supply requirements to coincide with latest Physical Security Design Manual (see Ch5)F. Clarified requirements for sprinkler systems (see Ch 6), including
Restrictions on use of CPVC sprinkler piping
Permission to use NFPA 13R and NFPA 13D for residential occupancies
Sprinkler requirements for clean rooms
Permission to use sprinklers that are not FM-approved for special cases
Permission to use standard response sprinklers (in lieu of quick response) for special casesG. Clarified fire alarm system wiring designations to coordinate with current edition of NFPA 72 (see Ch7)2. Most of the changes mentioned above were intended to clarify existing criteria. We do not anticipatethat revisions to the 6
edition of the VA Fire Protection Design Manual will result in significant changesto projects in progress. Where significant issues arise as a result of revisions in the 6
edition, suchissues should be directed to this office (10NA8).3. Implementation guidance with respect to the NFPA Fire Codes is provided in section 1.3.b as follows:Fire Protection design shall be based on the latest editions of the NFC at the Date of Awardof the contract to the Architectural/Engineering (A/E) firm (or Design/Build firm). Underspecial circumstances, the VA will require compliance with a more recent code edition whensignificant changes to the code have occurred between the Date of Award to the A/E andthe Date of Award to the prime contractor for construction.
Note: Special circumstances would include a situation where a designed project sat “on theshelf” for an extended period of time, or where a significant change to the code was madeand where incorporating that change would improve safety in the opinion of the AHJ.
4. With respect to application across VA, the VA Fire Protection Design Manual is intended to apply toall VA projects (VHA, VBA, NCA, OIT, etc).Additional modifications include making document Section 508 accessible for posting on Internet,including latest seismic map, and updating mail code symbols for CFM.