Thomas P. Hammerberg

Freelance Writer

Thomas P. Hammerberg, SET, CFPS is president of Hammerberg & Associates Inc. He serves as Director of Industry Relations for the Automatic Fire Alarm Association (AFAA) Inc. and represents the association on a number of NFPA committees, including the NFPA 72 Technical Correlating Committee, Protected Premises Technical Committee, NFPA 3 and 4, NFPA 90A and NFPA 101, Fundamentals and Building Services and Fire Protection Equipment committees. In additions, he is a member of the ICC Industry Advisory Committee. Reach him at

Articles by Thomas P. Hammerberg

October 2015
In June 2015, NFPA members met to hear arguments on motions to change the technical committee actions on a number of codes and standards, including the 2016 NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code. The next step in the process is for the NFPA Standards Council to approve and issue the new document. READ MORE
August 2015
“The only thing worse than training employees and losing them is to not train them and keep them.” I’ve heard Wayne D. Moore cite this Zig Ziglar quote many times during presentations, and, for me, it always hits home. Companies involved in fire alarm and life safety systems inspection and testing cannot afford to have untrained personnel. READ MORE
June 2015
There have been survivability requirements in NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, since the 1999 edition. The primary purpose is to enable certain circuits to maintain their ability to operate for an extended time during a fire emergency. This article provides an update on the listing certification for two-hour fire-rated cables used to meet survivability requirements. READ MORE
June 2015
I’m sure all of you have run into an issue such as this when installing a fire alarm system: One authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) wants one thing, and another AHJ wants exactly the opposite. What do you do? You can’t make both happy. When proposing changes to the codes and standards, my code partners and I always try to fix conflicts that cause this problem, but it is not always possible.
April 2015
In my last article, I reviewed changes to fire alarm requirements for the occupancy classifications in the 2015 International Building Code (IBC). This month, I review changes to the general fire alarm requirements as well as the new section on carbon monoxide (CO) detection requirements. READ MORE
February 2015
I like to start each year with an update on changes in codes and standards going into effect during that year. For this article, I review changes to the 2015 International Building Code (IBC). Of course, these will not apply in your area until your local or state jurisdiction adopts this newest edition of the code. READ MORE
December 2014
One of my responsibilities over the years has been to field questions from our members and authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) to help them find and understand code requirements. I have benefitted from the process as well. READ MORE
October 2014
When we install fire protection
in a building, we are focused on active protection systems such as fire alarms, fire sprinklers, clean agents or smoke control. For the most part, we don’t pay too much attention to passive fire protection except for when we have to activate fire or smoke dampers or release smoke doors. READ MORE
August 2014
We all know that fire alarm systems that are tested and maintained on a regular basis are more reliable. According to NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, the owner is responsible for inspections, testing and maintenance as well as any alterations or additions to the fire alarm system.