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ABCO Peerless Sprinkler Corporation has long had a presence on both the local and national levels of the fire protection industry. We believe that our stewardship of this industry is important in advancing knowledge in the technology, design, installation, use, and maintenance of all types of fire protection systems to fellow members of the construction industry and the public at large alike. ABCO Peerless has been involved in the technical development of the following Local Laws of the City of New York:

Local Law 5 of 1973

Requires existing high-rise office buildings 100 feet or more in height to be equipped with a sprinkler system or compartmentation with stair pressurization.

Local Law 41 of 1978

Following a fire at the Blue Angel nightclub, this law strengthened sprinkler provisions for places of public assembly and requires that sprinklers be retroactively installed in existing nightclubs

Local Law 16 of 1984

Amended the building code to require all new office buildings over 75 feet in height to be protected throughout by an automatic sprinkler system and retroactively mandates sprinklers for existing buildings

Local Law 55 of 1989

Requires individuals installing and modifying fire sprinkler systems to be licensed by the City of New York. This law coincides with the city’s sharpest one-year drop in fire deaths (from 296 in 1990 to 187 in 1991), with a nearly continuous drop in fire fatalities ever since

Local Law 10 of 1999

Mandates that all newly constructed multifamily dwellings with 3 or more units must be fully protected by fire sprinklers. For existing buildings, sprinklers have to be installed as renovations or as alterations when the costs of renovations or alterations total more than 50% of the value of the building (this was a result of a fire on December 23, 1998 at 124 W 60th Street–4 deaths–aka the Macaulay Culkin Fire). The law also established stricter inspection and maintenance standards (this was a result of a fire on December 18, 1998–3 firefighter deaths)

Local Law 26 of 2002

Following the tragic death of 3 firefighters on Father’s Day 2001, this law was enacted to require automatic fire sprinklers in mercantile occupancies which contain below grade storage of flammable or combustible mixtures

Local Law 26 of 2004

Enacted after the 2003 World Trade Center Building Code Task Force found that compartmentation and smoke alarms do not provide the same level of fire protection as a full system of automatic sprinklers and recommended automatic sprinkler protection throughout all high-rise office buildings. As a result, Local Law 26 of 2004 (LL 26/04) amended Building Code sections 27-228.5 and 27-929.1 to retroactively require sprinkler protection for existing office buildings measuring 100 feet or more in height by July 1, 2019. Per section 27-929.1(a)(3), these requirements do not apply to a building in existence prior to October 22, 2004 in which a full system of automatic sprinklers was installed or required to be installed pursuant to any other provision of law (i.e. LL5/73 or LL16/84)

Local Law 58 of 2009

Exposed sprinkler and standpipe piping must be painted red. The law outlines specific exceptions such as branch line piping. Dedicated standpipe valve handles must also be painted red. Combination standpipe valve handles must be painted yellow and dedicated sprinkler valve handles must be painted green. All buildings–no matter the size or occupancy–must comply with these new requirements

Local Law 60 of 2009

The law requires a permit for cutting and capping. Only licensed master fire suppression piping contractors or licensed master plumbers may cut or cap standpipes or sprinklers during demolition

Local Law 63 of 2009

This law requires hydrostatic pressure testing of standpipes, performed by a licensed master fire suppression contractor or licensed plumber, be done (except in freezing conditions), before removing building stories. The law also requires an initial hydrostatic pressure test for new buildings under construction once the building reaches 75 feet in height; additional tests are required when the building reaches 175 feet and every 100 feet thereafter. For existing standpipe systems that are being enlarged, a hydrostatic pressure test is required at every 75 feet in height added to the system

Local Law 64 of 2009

The law requires standpipes to have pressurized alarm systems

Local Law 78 of 2015

This law requires all facilities, animal hospitals, kennels, pounds, veterinary clinics and pet shops where animals are sheltered on a 24 hour basis to be protected by an automatic fire sprinkler system

ABCO Peerless has been directly involved in the following code development:

The City of New York

2008 Building Code

2014 Building Code

2018 Building Code

Building Resiliency Task Force

Nassau County

2013 Fire Prevention Ordinance

ABCO Peerless has been directly involved in the following technical examination development:

Fire Department of New York

Certificate of Fitness–S-12 Citywide Sprinkler System

Certificate of Fitness–S-13 Citywide Standpipe System

Smoke Detection Maintenance Certification

National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technology

Water Based Systems Layout

Fire Alarm Systems

ABCO Peerless has been involved in the following international standards development:

National Fire Protection Association

Pamphlet No. 13–Installation of Sprinkler Systems

Pamphlet No. 14–Installation of Standpipe Systems

Pamphlet No. 20–Installation of Stationary Pumps for Fire Protection

Pamphlet No. 25–Standard for ITM of Water Based Fire Protection Systems

ABCO Peerless has been involved with and held executive positions in the following trade organizations:

Trade Organizations

Mechanical Contractors Association of New York

New York Fire Sprinkler Council

New York Fire Sprinkler Contractors Association

National Fire Sprinkler Association

Society of Fire Protection Engineers

National Society of Professional Engineers

Fire Suppression Systems Association