We are currently working on a project with a building height of 36-feet that currently has K16.8 ESFR sprinklers installed to protect open rack storage of Class I-IV commodities at 12-feet in height.
The hydraulic calculations are based on Ordinary Hazard Group 2, with a 0.20 gpm/sqft density over 1,500 sqft with a starting pressure of 7 psi. The design area is based on 18 ESFR sprinklers flowing at 100 sqft per sprinkler. The total sprinkler demand is 834 gpm.
They are calling this an "ESFR-Ready" sprinkler system.
It seems to me that the building height would drive the starting pressure for this scenario and the calculation should actually be 12 sprinklers with a minimum starting pressure of 52 psi when using K16.8 ESFR sprinklers. This comes after examining Chapters 12-20.
What would the lowest starting pressure be for K16.8 ESFR sprinklers protecting open rack storage of Class I-IV commodities to 12-feet in height with a building height of 36-feet?
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