New projects and draft documents

Learn how to submit a request for a new NFPA project.

The NFPA Standards Council has received the following new project request(s) and is currently soliciting comments:


The NFPA Standards Council is in receipt of a New Project Initiation Request for the development of an ANSI Accredited Standard to establish requirements for spaceports.  Specifically, it is anticipated and requested that standards be established to provide guidance on the construction and operation of facilities used to house; maintain; and deploy rockets (solid and liquid), space planes, and other similar craft.  Another aspect of standards development proposed is addressing static stands used for testing and the development of rockets and space planes, among others.  If standards development is approved by the Standards Council, the standard may additionally address related topics as the Standards Council directs. 

To assist the Standards Council in evaluating the proposal for new standards, NFPA is currently soliciting comments to gauge whether support exists for spaceport standards development.  NFPA specifically seeks input on the following:

  1. Are you, or your organization, in favor of the development of a new standard establishing standards for spaceports, including guidelines for construction and operation of related facilities’ static stands, and other associated needs for spaceports?   
  2. Please state your reason(s) for supporting or opposing the proposed spaceport standards development.

Please submit comments in support or opposition to standards development on spaceports by May 1, 2018.

Additionally, NFPA would like to know if you or your organization is interested in applying for membership on the Technical Committee if standards development is approved by the Standards Council?  If you are interested in participating in standards development as a technical committee member, please submit an application in addition to your comments.  Submit online application*

The following new projects were reviewed and acted on by the Standards Council at the December 2017 meeting:

Fire Investigation Units (FIUs)

The Council voted to approve the request of Dr. Craig Beyer, Jensen Hughes, to develop a project addressing organization and operation of fire investigation units (FIUs).  Although the Council approved the project, they direct NFPA Staff to advertise for additional members to serve on this Committee.  This project did receive applications, but not sufficient applications to seat a balanced committee currently.  Once a balanced proposed roster is achieved, the roster can be brought back to Council for further direction.   Submit an online application 

Fire Service Support Personnel

The Council reviewed the request of Dave Finger, National Volunteer Fire Council, to develop a project addressing professional qualifications for fire service support personnel.  

After a review of all material submitted, the Council took action to direct NFPA staff to form a task group consisting of the submitter of the project, commenters and others to develop a scope and define the skill sets for the proposed project.  Once the Task Group has accomplished this, Staff should advertise again in NFPA News for additional committee applications.  Once a balanced proposed roster is achieved, the roster can be brought back to Council for further direction.  

Fire Test for Wall Panels

The Council reviewed the request of Richard Davis and Dr. Dong Zeng, FM Global, to develop a project addressing test methods for determining the flammability of interior/exterior wall panels.

After a review of all material submitted, the Council took action to direct the Technical Committee on Fire Tests to review the Factory Mutual Report that was recently released on this subject and report back to the Council at the April 2018 meeting with findings.

Standards Council Member Dan O’Connor recused himself from deliberation and vote on the motion.  Standards Council Member Gary Keith requested to be recorded as abstaining on the Council’s motion.

Draft documents

The preliminary draft of a proposed new NFPA Standard is made available to allow the public to view the drafts and submit public input. These preliminary drafts are works in progress and as such have no official status. They are available solely for use in submitting public input and are not intended for any other use. 

Public input sought on the following preliminary drafts (closing dates listed below):

  • NFPA 451Guide for Community Health Care Program, March 7, 2018
  • NFPA 770Standard on Hybrid (Water and Inert Gas) Fire Extinguishing Systems, June 27, 2018

The public input closing date has passed for the following proposed new NFPA Standards (First Draft Report available):

  • NFPA 78Guide on Electrical Inspections (August 22, 2018)
  • NFPA 1078Standard for Electrical Inspector Professional Qualifications (August 22, 2018)
  • NFPA 1300, Standard on Community Risk Assessment and Community Risk Reduction Plan Development (February 28, 2018)
  • NFPA 1700, Guide for Structural Fire Fighting, (September 6, 2018)
  • NFPA 1877, Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Wildland Fire Fighting Clothing and Equipment (February 28, 2018)
  • NFPA 2400, Standard for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) used for Public Safety Operations (April 11, 2018)

How to submit a request for a new NFPA project

Download a new project initiation form (doc, 26 KB). Requests are forwarded to the NFPA Standards Council for a preliminary review. If deemed appropriate, the Council directs that a notice be published in NFPA News. This notice asks for information or resources on the subject matter, the names of those interested in participating on the Committee (if established), the names of other organizations actively involved with this subject, and whether there is a need for such a project. The Standards Council then reviews the proposed project/document and any public comments generated by the notice. If the Standards Council does determine the need for the proposed project it either assigns the project to an existing Technical Committee or establishes a new committee.

*Applications being accepted for purposes of documenting applicant interest in committee participation. Acceptance of applications by NFPA does not guarantee or imply the Standards Council will ultimately approve standards development activity on this proposed subject matter.