DESIGNING PERFORMANCE-BASED SPRINKLER SYSTEMS: EAST VS. WEST

01/01/2007
BY W.K. CHOW AND FIONA S.C. TSUISprinkler protection in Hong Kong (now a Special Administrative Region of China) is required for almost all types of premises except residential buildings or buildings with a total floor area less than 230 m2. The systems are mandated in the Fire Service Installation (FSI) codes, which differ from some overseas countries such as the United Kingdom and the United States, where the benefit sprinklers provide in relation to protecting life and property is taken as an enhanced measure. Basically, the design and installation of sprinklers follow the Loss Prevention Council (LPC) Rules for Automatic Sprinkler Installations with modification pertinent to Hong Kong...

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