New Fire Sprinkler Webinar Focuses On Multipurpose Systems In Residential Fire Protection

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Webinar presentation will educate participants on the use of multipurpose systems in residential fire sprinkler installation and why this is becoming the most cost effective solution.

A new webinar has been prepared by Fire Smarts, LLC on behalf of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association (PHCC) to inform contractors across the nation about the use of multipurpose systems in residential construction and how these systems can present a competitive business advantage for the plumbing contractor. The webinar is part of the Online Business Management Training offered by the PHCC.

The "Introduction To Multipurpose Residential Fire Sprinkler Systems" webinar will be presented by Jayson Drake, Uponor's Sr. Product Manager for Fire Safety Systems, on April 22, 2009 at 3:00pm EST. Mr. Drake will educate participants on the NFPA 13D fire sprinkler standard as it applies to multipurpose systems and how these systems can give the plumbing contractor a competitive advantage when competing for this work by reducing the cost of installation. Further, participants will be introduced to the advantages and disadvantages of working with the PEX tubing commonly used in multipurpose systems.

"As the 2009 International Residential Code, which includes residential fire sprinkler requirements, is adopted as law, home builders and homeowners alike will demand innovation to drive down the cost of residential fire sprinkler systems," said Ryan J. Smith, President of Fire Smarts, LLC. "The multipurpose system presents a compelling solution with all the characteristics needed to become the homebuilders 'system of choice' as this market continues to develop."

The multipurpose system is ideal for plumbing contractors to install as the system piping serves both fire protection and domestic plumbing needs. In a market that has been projected to exceed $3 billion a year in the "Residential Fire Sprinklers Market Growth and Labor Demand Analysis" published by Fire Smarts, LLC in September 2008, there is a significant opportunity available for plumbing contractors who are capable of installing multipurpose systems. A growing number of industry experts agree that multipurpose systems, combined with plumbing contractor labor, will play a critical role in delivering cost-effective systems to meet the residential fire sprinkler code requirements.

"There is a lot of interest by PHCC members in this new market," said Ike Casey, PHCC's Executive Vice President. "We cannot afford to lose this market--especially in the current economy. I encourage all PHCC members and potential members to participate."

Registration is open to all interested parties and PHCC members receive a discounted tuition rate for the course. For more information and to register for this webinar visit the PHCC website at . This webinar is the second in a series of residential fire sprinkler educational and training opportunities that will be offered by the PHCC.

About PHCC: The PHCC - National Association is the oldest trade association in the construction industry and the premiere organization for the plumbing, heating and cooling professional. Since 1883, PHCC has been the leader in promotion, advancement, education and training. Today PHCC has more than 4100 contractor members from open and union shops, who work in the residential, commercial, new construction, industrial and service and repair industry segments.

About Fire Smarts, LLC: Fire Smarts, LLC is a leading provider of fire protection educational and training resources. The company operates the home fire protection resource website, Residential Fire Sprinklers .com ( ), frequently publishes articles and reports on the latest industry developments and utilizes its team of Fire Smarts Faculty members to create custom training solutions for contractors, fire and building officials, and business organizations.

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