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COVID-19 Part 2: Industry Trends & What We're Hearing from Members

This is part 2 of a 2-part series to help consolidate important information for BuildingReports & ComplianceCenter Members for easy reference. Read Part 1 here.

How BuildingReports Is Assisting the Membership Network

BuildingReports is currently working remotely to ensure business continuity and uninterrupted operations for our entire membership network (AHJ’s, Service Companies and Facilities). For our ScanSeries members (premium barcode scanning services), BuildingReports University wants to help your ITM teams and administrators stay productive and increase their working knowledge of ScanSeries and Building Reports during the COVID-19 outbreak, by providing complimentary online training, further information via these links:

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NFPA Shares Guidance on Maintaining Fire & Life Safety Systems During COVID-19

As buildings become increasingly vacant with the exception of essential service functions, the National Fire Protection Association has provided official guidance for authorities to ensure the continued working order and compliance of critical facility systems.

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NFPA 72 - Meeting the Requirements for Fire Alarm Monitoring

Did you know BuildingReports provides for the ability to include monitoring information on web-based inspection reports?

According to the changes in the 2010 updates, NFPA 72 now explicitly approves the use of alternative digital voice technologies, like Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP), and communication service providers, like cable companies, for fire monitoring purposes. All providers, including legacy analog phone companies, must meet the same monitoring performance requirements. BuildingReports has included the more detailed information in it's online reporting solution to satisfy these stricter requirements since the announcement went into effect.

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Codes and Standards: Keeping in Step Will Keep You Moving Forward

With hundreds of different devices and systems on the market, it is imperative for fire and life safety professionals to be knowledgeable about the codes and standards that apply locally in order to ensure code-compliant inspections and testing.

Such knowledge, in turn, needs to be as ongoing and evolving as the dynamic code development process itself. Revisions to codes and standards typically take place every three to five years. With these periodic revisions, significant changes that affect inspection, testing and maintenance are often applied as a result of the vitally important, interactive relationship among manufacturers, researchers, engineers and other experts in the fire and life safety industry.

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Technical Advantage: Latest inspection tools provide reliable front-line defense against emergencies

According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), in 2001 there were more than 85,000 nonresidential fires resulting in direct property loss estimated at over $2.4 billion. To mitigate the sizable risk, organizations such as the Automatic Fire Alarm Association (AFAA) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) have long advocated a balanced approach. That is to say, rather than relying simply on fire detection (i.e. smoke alarms) or suppression (i.e. sprinklers and fire extinguishers), that builders and facility managers leverage both in coordination with each other.

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