Esfr K-8 Sprinklers: Case Study

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You asked the following questions: “We have a project that is utilizing ESFR K-16.8 sprinklers. The building is heated with electric unit heaters. Near the unit heaters we are installing 212 deg. F ESFR sprinklers as required by Section However, the tenant has an issue with the requirement of the unit heaters to be installed 7 ft below the elevation of the sprinklers per Section The tenant feels the heaters being installed at the lower elevation will conflict with their operations with racks and forklifts. Is there any relief to the 7 ft clearance requirement below the sprinklers in this case?” In response to your questions we have reviewed NFPA 13, 2013 edition that you indicated as the applicable standard. Our informal
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