There Sure Seems to be a lot of Books
So you need some information beyond your adopted building and fire codes. Here is a list of online resources that may be able to help you out
ASTM International is one of the largest voluntary standards development organizations in the world. ASTM is a source for technical standards for materials, products, systems, and services. ASTM International standards have an important role in the information infrastructure that guides design, manufacturing and trade in the global economy.
ANSI, American National Standards Institute
The Institute oversees the creation, promulgation and use of thousands of norms and guidelines that directly impact businesses in nearly every sector: from acoustical devices to construction equipment, from dairy and livestock production to energy distribution, and many more. ANSI is also actively engaged in accrediting programs that assess conformance to standards – including globally-recognized cross-sector programs such as the ISO 9000 (quality) and ISO 14000 (environmental) management systems.
Consumer Product Safety Commission
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $800 billion annually. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children. The CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals – contributed significantly to the 30 percent decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
FM Global is an insurance carrier aimed at protecting their insured interest. Many of the data sheets they have created are specific to the needs of their insured. Although these data sheets have influenced many code changes and inspectors will be asked by companies to use their standards in lieu of referenced codes. For instance, FM Global has criteria for tire storage that may exceed the requirements of the adopted building code or NFPA 13.
International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO)
As a membership-based association, IAPMO is proud to utilize an open consensus process in the development of our flagship Uniform Plumbing Code® and Uniform Mechanical Code®. These codes are established through scientific research, debate, and analysis, strengthening our position at the forefront of the plumbing and mechanical industries.
The IAPMO Group is a complete service organization, providing code development assistance, industry-leading education, and a manufacturer-preferred quality assurance program. Each component of the IAPMO Group works toward our ultimate goal of protecting the health of people everywhere.
Underwriters Laboratory (UL)
UL is trusted across the globe for product compliance and listing. Many inspectors rely on the listing information to provide alternatives to traditional code language. UL provides many services to the inspector.