NFPA 214: Standard on Water-Cooling Towers
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NFPA 214: Document Scope
1.1.1* This standard applies to fire protection for field-erected and factory-assembled water-cooling towers of combustible construction or those in which the fill is of combustible material. 1.1.2* Fire Risk Analysis. The following are some of the factors that shall be considered in determining the extent and method of fire protection required for induced-draft and natural-draft cooling towers: (1) Importance to continuity of operation (2)* Size and construction of tower (3) Type of tower (4) Location of tower (5) Water supply (6) Value of tower (7) Climate (8)* Water delivery time (9) Environment (10) Rooftop towers (11) Limited access (12) Construction of materials (See 1.1.3.) 1.1.3 Construction Materials of Cooling Towers. When the cooling towers' structure, fan and distribution decks, louvers, and fill materials are all of noncombustible materials, no fire protection is required. If any of these are combustible materials and the factors in 1.1.2 necessitate it, fire protection shall be provided in accordance with Chapter 3 and towers shall be located in accordance with Chapter 2. All other chapters shall be considered mandatory requirements.

This standard applies to fire protection for field-erected and factory-assembled water-cooling towers of combustible construction or those in which the fill is of combustible material.

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What does NFPA 214 address?

Provisions help you determine the type and amount of fire protection needed by taking into account factors such as importance to continuity of operation, size and construction of tower, type of tower, location of tower, water supply, and climate. Chapters cover location of water-cooling towers, fire protection, electrical equipment and wiring, internal combustion engine-driven fans, and maintenance.

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NFPA 214, 2011 Edition: Archived Revision Information
Report on Proposals (ROP)
Report on Proposals (ROP)
Proposals can be submitted for text to be amended or included in NFPA Codes and Standards. Following the Call for Proposals period, the responsible Technical Committee or Panel holds a meeting to consider and act on all submitted proposals. The committee or panel may also develop its own proposals. A document known as the Report on Proposals (ROP) is prepared containing all the Public Proposals, Technical Committees' action on each Proposal, as well as all Committee-generated proposals. The ROP for the document in question is submitted for the approval of the responsible TC or Panel by a formal written ballot. If the ROP does not receive approval via written ballot in accordance with NFPA rules, the Report is returned to the committee for further consideration and is not published. If the necessary approval is received, the ROP is published in a compilation of Reports on Proposals issued by NFPA twice yearly for public review and comment, and the process continues to the next step. The ROP is published and widely distributed and anyone may download or request a copy.
Report on Comments (ROC)
Report on Comments (ROC)
Once the ROP becomes available, there is a 60-day comment period during which time anyone may submit a public comment on the proposed changes documented in the ROP. The committee or panel reconvenes at the end of the comment period and acts on all public comments. This committee or panel may also develop its own comments. As before, approval obtained via written ballot in accordance with NFPA's Regulations is required on all committee and panel actions. All of this information is compiled into a second Report, called the Report on Comments (ROC), which like the ROP, is published and made available for public review for a seven-week period.
Report on Comments(ROC) (PDF, 522 KB)
Motions Committee Report (NITMAM)
Motions Committee Report (NITMAM)
Proposed NFPA documents will be presented for action at the applicable Annual (June) Association Technical Meeting only when proper Amending Motions (Notice of Intent to Make a Motion - NITMAM) have been certified by the Motions Committee of the Standards Council as a proper amending motion. Documents that receive no motions will not be presented at the meeting and instead will be forwarded directly to the NFPA Standards Council for action on issuance. More about the codes and standards making process including NITMAM.
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Final Results (PDF, 72 KB)
Standards Council Decisions
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NFPA 214, 2011 Edition: Archived Revision Information
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Errata 11-1 (issued 1/28/2011) (PDF, 18 KB)
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