FREE Data Sheets by FM
I remember a couple of years ago, reading through FM data sheets for a rack storage project. I found myself comparing the data sheet to NFPA 13 and wondering if I had the most current data sheet available.
As an AHJ we were asked to take the data sheet approach in lieu of NFPA 13 design requirements (more densities then anything else). We spent time dissecting the data sheet and purchased the complete set so we had the most current editions.
FM Global Data sheets are utilized in the design of many systems and structures. These data sheets are similar to code requirements although are typically utilized during processes and construction based on insurance requirements. Instead of purchasing them, FM has made these resources available for free (as long as you register). They have been free for a little while now, but people keep asking for them.
FM Global Property Loss Prevention Data Sheets, are available 24/7 as a self-service source for engineering guidelines to help reduce the risk of property loss due to fire, weather and/or equipment failure. For nearly two centuries, businesses across the globe have relied on FM Global and its data sheets—property loss prevention engineering standards—to reduce risk at their existing facilities, and to ensure any new facilities are built to FM Global standards, reflecting world-class property protection.