Results of the past 15 years of campaigns and the future of Fire Safe North America can be summarized as follows:
- FSNA has realized success that is believed to be indicative of future successes.
- FSNA has recognition in the code development arena and is considered a stakeholder.
- FSNA has stemmed the increase in trade-offs – somewhat. Although new trade-offs are continuing to be proposed and are approved at every code meeting, they are being met with more and more resistance, some being flatly disapproved.
- FSNA has allied with influential code and fire officials to help them take a leadership role in the future of building safety with respect to safety layering and enhanced resiliency.
- NFPA and other individuals and organizations continue to validate our positions that sprinkler systems are failing to operate satisfactorily due to contractor error, poor design, piping leaks, corrosion, and lack of water. In notable trade journals, the reliability factor of sprinklers has been adjusted from 98-99% for component reliability to 83%-92% for whole system performance as a result of FSNA activism.
- FSNA retains credible individuals who support the FSNA position and would like to work with FSNA to support our objectives. Based on the work to date, FSNA members know what works.
- The concept of safety layering and enhancing buildings to be more resilient is becoming “common sense” thinking among many code and fire officials.
- The primary challenge now lies in what constitutes a cost effective balance in each building type and occupancy – and what to put back into the IBC and NFPA 101 Life Safety Code – if it has been traded-off for automatic sprinkler systems as an economical incentive. The second challenge is to find the financial resources to pay the people that can make that happen.