The digitization of fire and life safety codes and standards can help construction professionals improve collaboration, reduce miscommunication, document project-specific equivalencies and keep important knowledge in-house, writes Val Ziavras, an engineer in the National Fire Protection Association’s technical services division.



provides a platform for the team to discuss challenges and discrepancies in the design and construction process, streamlining the path to the desired final product. Now, it’s hard to imagine work before these technologies.


Codes and Standards are Going Digital, Too

Digitization is now transforming fire and life safety codes and standards in the same way. The days of lugging around clunky, sticky note-filled code books are falling behind us, and we’re ushering in a new era where we have all codes and standards at our fingertips.

Fire and life safety codes and standards permeate every aspect of the design, construction and maintenance of a facility, so it’s critical that they’re accessible, navigable and provide all stakeholders with the ability to easily collaborate.

And while code books are written in black and white, anyone in the field knows that they’re living documents, and the way requirements apply to real-world scenarios is not always cut-and-dried.

Digitization helps the latest codes and standards changes, such as tentative interim amendments (TIAs), errata and formal interpretations, get disseminated quickly so everyone has access to the most up-to-date information. It also makes the codes and standards more interactive and can bring them to life with enhanced content, visual and audio aids, annotation features, sharing capabilities and more.

For contractors, this digital application can provide value in several ways by helping to coordinate across teams, document project specific requirements or equivalencies and even upskill the next generation of tradespeople.