NFPA 855: What To Do for Data Centers When They Want to Change Out the Lead Acid Batteries to Lithium Ion?

NFPA 855 What To Do for Data Centers When They Want to Change Out the Lead Acid Batteries to Lithium Ion?

Talk to your local AHJ as soon as possible because if they've got a standard sprinkler system, maybe a 0.5depending on how it was built and you have to come up, in Phoenix, to a 0.6, you're talking about new piping and a lot of upgrades to that sprinkler system. The earlier that we can have discussion, the earlier we can determine maybe that's not the best plan, or maybe instead of switching it out inside the building, we put it outside in non-occupiable cabinets. Once again, the sooner you can come talk to me or come talk to that local AHJ the better because like I said, I have one that did this exact same thing, and they just didn't know any better. I wish they would've received better advice from whoever installed it. Now we're trying to figure out how to make it work. Because their sprinkler system is very old, it does not and cannot meet 0.6 the way it's installed. So, we have to basically redo the entire system, which is very, very costly.

FSSA Series Presented by: Brain Scholl, Deputy Fire Marshall of the Phoenix Fire Department

As a Deputy Fire Marshal that has seen the impact of ESS fires and incidents as well as a member of the NFPA 855 committee, Brian will share his perspective on how the code was developed, highlight lessons learned from serious ESS incidents, and how the code should be interpreted and applied. Brian Scholl is a Deputy Fire Marshal with the City of Phoenix Fire Department. Throughout his 22-year career, Deputy Fire Marshal Scholl has worked in many roles to include being the Public Information Officer and managing the Special Hazards Unit. This highly trained inspection unit inspects and permits any facility that stores, handles and uses hazardous materials including lithium-ion batteries. Brian also serves on many different code technical committees to include NFPA 855, the standard for the Installation of Stationary Energy Systems and NFPA 420, the Standard on Fire Protection of Cannabis Growing and Processing Facilities.

Members are heard more from Brian first-hand at the FSSA 2024 Annual Forum in Phoenix, AZ. 

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