ASCE 7 13.1.3 states the Component Importance Factor for life safety purposes including sprinkler systems shall have an Ip 0f 1.5. I am requesting the contractor to follow chapter 9 on the NFPA 13. The contractor stated no seicmic is required for a seismic design catagory B. It is my understanding of the ASCE 7 13.1.3 because it's a sprinkler system it's not exempted. I am new to inspecting in Texas and was told an engineer is not required to sign off on the sprinkler drawing as they were in S.C. so I have no one to question other than the contractor which has a Fire Protection Specialist performing the drawing.
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