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NEPA? 15 Standard for Water Spray Fixed Systems for Fire Protection 2012 Edition ‘Tis ltion of NEPA 16, Standard for Water Spray Fixed Sst fore Potecton, was prepared by the Technieal Commitiee on Water Spray Fixed Systems and acted on by NEPA is June Association Technical Meeting held June 12-15, 2011, in Boston, MA. 3 was issued by the Standards Council on August 11, 2011, with an elfective date of August 31, 2011, and super sedes all previous editions “This edition of NFPA 15 was approved asan American NationalStandlard on August $1, 2011 Origin and Development of NFPA 15 ‘The Standard for Wate Spray sed Syston for Fre Proton, Forraesly Water Spray Nowles and _slinguishing Ssions, fest prepared by the Committee on Manufacturing Hazards, was tents tively adopted in 1939, with final adoption in 1940. Subsequently, this standard was placed under the jurisdiction of che Committee on Special Extinguishing Systems, ad new edition vwas adopted in 1947. In 1959, the committee organization was farther changed t© place prinary responsibility in the hands of the Commitee on Water Spray, under the general supervision of the General Committee on Special Extinguishing Methods. In 1966, the Gen- tral Commitee ou Special Pxtinguishing Methods was discontinued, andl the Committee on Water Spray was constituted as an independent comanitiee. Revised editions were presented in 1969, 1973, 1977, 1979, and 1982, ‘The 1985 edition incorporated several technical changes concerning special piping prov- sions. The format ofthe document wasalso changed to more closely follow the NEPA Manual of Sle Given the limited changes in water spray technology over the past few years, ftwas appar: ‘enc that the 1985 edition could be reconfirmed with referenced publications being updated, ‘The 1996 edition represented a complete reorganization of te standard, Information was rearranged in a more functional and concise format to improve Uae usability of the document Other major changes included a new chapter on highspeed systems, and revised require rents for spray nozzles, piping protection, spacing of pilot sprinklers, discharge densities, and design calculations. ‘The 2001 edition represented a complete reorganization of the sandard to conform tothe requirements of the 2000 edition ofthe Manat of Stl for NERA Tehaieal Conmtice ecurents. ‘The 2007 edition incorporated welding requirements for pipe and flings and also coor inated requivements for fire department connections with NEPA 18, Standard for he Instala- lion of Spiker Sten. ‘The 2012 edition provides updated niles for grooved couplings to comply with changesin the 2010 edition of NFPATS. Other changes include an expanded section on designing for laminable ‘apoc mitigation and he adklition of new contractor's material and test certificates, [NFPA and Nab Fie Protection Asoc ar eegiterd ademas ofthe Nona ite Protection Atco, Cine, Maaco 210,