Fan Research Earns 2012 National Fire Protection Research Medal

Research sponsored in part by Big Ass Fans® has been awarded the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) 2012 Research Foundation Medal.  The annual award recognizes a fire research project that best exemplifies the Foundation’s fire safety mission.

The comprehensive two-phase program, entitled “High Volume/Low Speed Fans and Sprinkler Operation,” focused on informing the fan spacing and other installation requirements detailed in NFPA 13, Installation of Sprinkler Systems.  Read more about the project and award.

Big Ass Fans and other large diameter, low speed fans are used in tens of thousands of facilities worldwide. However, the way these fans interacted with automatic sprinkler systems was largely unknown. A coalition of HVLS fan manufacturers, insurers and researchers was formed in order to create applications guidance for the use of large diameter, low speed fans in conjunction with automatic sprinkler systems.

“We were pleased to assist in the Foundation project which successfully produced the test data needed to establish industry-wide applications guidelines, instilling confidence that our fans do not adversely impact the performance of automatic sprinkler systems,” said Paul Lauritzen, Big Ass Fans President of International Business, who represented the company during the project.

As a result of this research, facility managers now have simple, concise guidelines to ensure their fan will be in compliance with NFPA standards when used and installed correctly.

The medal was accepted on behalf of the research team and sponsors by AON Fire Protection Engineering during the NFPA Annual Conference in June 2012.

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