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

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. 
June 2014
In 2012, the National Fire Protection Association adopted NFPA 3, Recommended Practice on Commissioning and Integrated Testing of Fire and Life Safety Systems. Since then, it has been split into two separate documents. NFPA 3 is still a recommended practice on commissioning of fire and life safety systems. READ MORE
April 2014
I am sure many of you are certified by the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) in fire alarm systems and encourage your employees to become NICET-certified as well. NICET has been certifying individuals in fire protection fields since 1978. READ MORE
February 2014
Before you read this column, please read “It’s a Trap!” by Wayne Moore on page 62. Wayne shared it with me, and I would like to continue that conversation. This is a topic near and dear to me, and it is important to our industry.
December 2013
In my last column, I discussed the ICC code process. This month, I look at the NFPA process. As I previously mentioned, the ICC and NFPA have completely different processes for codes and standards development. Yet, both operate on three-year cycles. READ MORE
October 2013
We all know our an industry is governed by codes and standards. While many complain about some of the requirements, few try to do anything about it. We all have an opportunity to fix things that we don’t like. Most people don’t understand the process or believe they can have any effect. However, understanding the process will make codes and standards more usable.