The NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) has released the new 2011 Edition of “NFPA 88A: Standard for Parking Structures” which includes for the first time automated parking structures. The new edition is expected to ship on July 2, 2010.
The new NFPA 88A codes ensure parking garages are fire-safe and provide requirements concerning the construction and protection of open and enclosed parking structures, as well as the control of hazards.
Reorganized for consistency with NFPA 101® and NFPA 5000®, the new edition includes:
• A new chapter on Special Structures including first-time definitions and requirements for the new genre of parking structures termed “Automated Mechanical Type Parking Structures”
• Updated definitions based on current industry best practices
Mr. Gerhard Haag, working with members of the Automated and Mechanical Parking Association and Mr. Don Monahan representing the National Parking Association, was instrumental in getting the needs of the automated parking industry recognized in this key international code. Mr. Haag is the CEO of Robotic Parking Systems and a member of the NFPA Garage and Parking Structures Committee. Mr. Monahan is a Vice President of Walker Parking Consultants, Inc.