NFPA 3: a new standard for commissioning
NFPA 3 focuses on active and passive fire protection and life safety systems.
In the building construction industry, thousands of codes and standards must be met to ensure different systems all function as intended. Individual components are tested independently, but no standards exist for proper testing and function of integrated systems. The National Fire Protection Assn. (NFPA) is now addressing this issue.
Matt Klaus at the NFPA talks about the NFPA 3, a proposed document intended to focus on active and passive fire protection and life safety systems. By providing an all-encompassing document covering all large and small items, the NFPA 3 will set a standard in commissioning during the construction process.
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey