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Second edition of Fire and Life Safety Inspection Benchmark Report released

New 2015 report from BuildingReports® examines code compliance benchmarks for inspection times, device failure rates and key performance indicators by occupancy type

ATLANTA, Georgia – March 14, 2016 – BuildingReports®, the most trusted name in fire and life safety compliance reporting technology, announces the availability of the second annual fire and life safety inspection benchmark report. The new report expands upon the industry’s inaugural report for 2014 and is based on the world’s largest and most robust database of over 2.7 million fire, sprinkler, suppression, security and safety inspections.

“With over half a million buildings and 160 million individual devices inspected to date, we have a unique opportunity and responsibility to leverage big data to provide analysis,” said Jason Kronz, president and chief technology officer. “It’s one way that we’re able to give back to the industry that has embraced and made BuildingReports so successful. While bodies such as the NFPA and NIST provide critical incident data, we can help complete the picture by providing a comprehensive look at the fire prevention measures and performance on the front end.”

Inspectors use mobile devices equipped with BuildingReports’ online inspection and reporting technology to scan and log device inspection results of fire and life safety devices throughout commercial and industrial facilities. Upon completion of an inspection, a building’s report is immediately available online with a comprehensive record of which devices passed or failed, why devices failed, (including the associated codes and standards) and what action is required to be in compliance.

The 2014 report uncovered key findings, such as:

  • Healthcare occupancy types take the longest on average to inspect at four hours and 14 minutes, and had the lowest average overall device failure rate at fewer than two percent.
  • While only 13.39% of the total devices inspected were attached to conventional as opposed to addressable systems, conventional systems accounted for 17.68% of total device failures.
  • Despite the maturity of the NFPA 13 code requirements for proper signage for sprinkler systems, facilities failed to have the proper signage almost 5% of the time.

Kronz explains how the latest report built upon the foundation of the first edition. “We took a deep dive into healthcare occupancy types with the 2014 report given the stringent requirements and enforcement. In 2015, we took a different angle and put educational occupancy types under the microscope in a dedicated supplement. We also expanded the aggregate categories of reasons why devices failed inspection to provide improved insight. The net result is an even more insightful, detailed view that stakeholders can leverage to gain better perspective and benchmark their own performance.”

The full report is available at www.buildingreports.com. It will also be made available in print format at throughout the year during events at which BuildingReports exhibits.

About BuildingReports

Building safety compliance is critical to service companies, building owners and fire and safety officials who are charged with safeguarding occupants. BuildingReports’ mobile and online inspection reporting tools enable inspectors to quickly gather data on fire and life safety devices to ensure they are working properly and meet code requirements, or identify actions needed to meet compliance through easily verifiable inspection reports. With more than 160 Million inspected devices to date, over 500,000 buildings represented and over 700 inspection companies in its network, BuildingReports has earned its reputation as the trusted name in compliance reporting. For more information, contact sales@buildingreports.com or visit www.buildingreports.com.