Author Archive | Mark Knurek

Regulations: A Win in Portland, but a Loss in Wisconsin

The fight to make the nation safer by requiring fire sprinkler systems in more buildings is an ongoing struggle marked by victories and defeats. The building industry, landlords and anti-regulation forces continue to not only resist new regulations, but overturn existing rules. That was the case in Portland, Oregon, where the state Building Codes Division […]

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Corrosion: Detecting a Threat in Fire Sprinkler Systems

Building owners and managers who have their fire sprinkler systems regularly inspected might think they are doing everything necessary to ensure the pipes don’t fail and that the systems will perform when activated. But, while inspections are necessary and often required, they’re not always sufficient in and of themselves. In some cases, inspections uncover problems, […]

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Baby Boomer Retirement and Cultural Shift Provides a Growing Opportunity for Skilled Trades

After analyzing hundreds of job categories across the country, it was found that one of the highest potential job categories is skilled trades. Not only is specific training available without a college degree, thereby avoiding loans and debt, but a large portion of the current workforce is looking at retirement soon, projecting a large need […]

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BlazeMaster Pipe and Fittings Expands Basement Listing

BlazeMaster Pipe and Fittings Expands Basement Listing: Approved for Use with Exposed 16-inch Joists Alongside our manufacturing partners, BlazeMaster® Fire Protection Systems has updated its Underwriter Laboratories (UL) listing as approved for use in basements with exposed joists up to 16 inches in height, and expanded blocking requirements to 40 feet. Previously, BlazeMaster had been […]

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Florida Lawsuit Seeking Class Action Status Has Been Dismissed

A recent federal lawsuit that was filed on behalf of a class of Florida condo associations and building owners, against many members of the fire sprinkler industry, alleging BlazeMaster® pipe defects, has been dismissed. As you will recall, the plaintiff’s counsel made several predictions in media channels, press conferences and releases about the impact this […]

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