For domestic (US) military work, we're generally required to comply with the Buy American Act.
However, our fire alarm manufacturer's batteries (every listed brand) is sourced internationally.
Is there some waiver to this requirement for specifically-sourced pieces of equipment?
Or is there some third-party battery manufacturer that's accepted outside the listing?
I'm wondering how others deal with the Buy American requirements when it doesn't appear we have any options. Thanks in advance.
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8/5/2022 08:11:37 am
I have also wondered about this while working on projects side by side the fire alarm contractors. We seem to be required to adhere to the specification on domestic specified projects. But it seems like a lot of the FA components come from outside of the US. I am curious how others are getting around this or how they are heading it off.
8/5/2022 08:18:37 am
You need to understand what are the requirements to comply with the BAA. By America does not specifically mean Buy USA products. The BAA changes with every presidential administration, it seems.
8/5/2022 08:38:34 am
Glen is spot on. It gets complicated when you look at it as if the government is really buying a building of which the components must reach the threshold of 55%.
8/5/2022 09:22:03 am
I have found that some other countries are also acceptable under the BAA.
8/5/2022 08:23:37 am
I think the 2nd provision of the act "the items to be procured or the materials from which they are manufactured must be present in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available commercial quantities of a satisfactory quality." would nullify needing to find an American manufacturer. If the batteries are only made over seas then I don't see a sufficient and reasonably available quantity to use but foreign manufactures. Just my thoughts though.
8/5/2022 08:32:33 am
If you can make their products and systems work for your location, then Kingfisher is an all-American brand... Lowell, Massachusetts
8/5/2022 09:04:36 am
Running into this with SS riser assemblies as the contractor on the job says no Buy American compliant product is available. (Allowing MJ to keep the job going as the SS riser is only a preference on this job.)
8/5/2022 09:23:35 am
There are waivers available.
8/6/2022 09:18:58 am
To answer your battery question specifically and provide you with battery solutions; the following is a website that lists USA manufacturers of batteries.
8/16/2022 09:41:24 pm
This should be brought to Elons attention.
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