While NFPA 13 is a prescriptive standard, it still requires the design team to make some critical decisions. This includes selecting the appropriate system type for the hazard present.
Many people believe NFPA 13 dictates what type of system is required for the various occupancies and hazards that may appear in a building. The reality is NFPA 13 uses a “menu-style” by giving the designer several options that he or she can choose from. The designer needs to select the one best fit for not only the hazard, but also the needs of the owner or operator of the facility.