The 2011 Edition of “NFPA 88A: Standard for Parking Structures” includes for the first time a chapter on Special Structures and covers definitions and requirements for the new genre of parking structures termed “Automated Mechanical Type Parking Structures.”
These new NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) 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.
Robotic Parking Systems’ CEO was instrumental in getting the needs of the automated parking industry recognized in this key international code, and the company’s automated parking facilities fully comply with NFPA 88A codes.
In the next several blogs I’ll cover various practical applications of the 88A codes in the Robotic Parking System.
NFPA 13 “In-Rack Sprinklers” requires sprinklers about every 130 square feet. In our robotic parking garages, two sprinklers cover each pallet / parking space.
Here are several photos of the sprinkler system in our 800 space car park that opened for operation in 2009.
The Robotic Parking System goes beyond requirements by adopting a water mist foam system used broadly in Europe that actually EXTINGUISHES a fire rather than regular water sprinklers which keep a fire within specific limits over a period of time.
More about this water mist foam system in Part 2.