Second Edition of Fire and Life Safety Inspection Benchmark Report Released

New 2015 report from BuildingReports®
examines code compliance benchmarks for inspection times, device failure
rates and key performance indicators by occupancy type

ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BuildingReports®, the most trusted name in fire and life
safety compliance reporting technology, announces the availability of
the second annual fire and life safety inspection benchmark report. The
new report expands upon the industry’s inaugural report for 2014 and is
based on the world’s largest and most robust database of over 2.7
million fire, sprinkler, suppression, security and safety inspections.

“With over half a million buildings and 160 million individual devices
inspected to date, we have a unique opportunity and responsibility to
leverage big data to provide analysis,” said Jason Kronz, president and
chief technology officer. “It’s one way that we’re able to give back to
the industry that has embraced and made BuildingReports so successful.
While bodies such as the NFPA and NIST provide critical incident data,
we can help complete the picture by providing a comprehensive look at
the fire prevention measures and performance on the front end.”

Inspectors use mobile devices equipped with BuildingReports’ online
inspection and reporting technology to scan and log device inspection
results of fire and life safety devices throughout commercial and
industrial facilities. Upon completion of an inspection, a building’s
report is immediately available online with a comprehensive record of
which devices passed or failed, why devices failed, (including the
associated codes and standards) and what action is required to be in

The 2014 report uncovered key findings, such as:

  • Healthcare occupancy types take the longest on average to inspect at
    four hours and 14 minutes, and had the lowest average overall device
    failure rate at fewer than two percent.
  • While only 13.39% of the total devices inspected were attached to
    conventional as opposed to addressable systems, conventional systems
    accounted for 17.68% of total device failures.
  • Despite the maturity of the NFPA 13 code requirements for proper
    signage for sprinkler systems, facilities failed to have the proper
    signage almost 5% of the time.

Kronz explains how the latest report built upon the foundation of the
first edition. “We took a deep dive into healthcare occupancy types with
the 2014 report given the stringent requirements and enforcement. In
2015, we took a different angle and put educational occupancy types
under the microscope in a dedicated supplement. We also expanded the
aggregate categories of reasons why devices failed inspection to provide
improved insight. The net result is an even more insightful, detailed
view that stakeholders can leverage to gain better perspective and
benchmark their own performance.”

The full report is available at
It will also be made available in print format at throughout the year
during events at which BuildingReports exhibits.

About BuildingReports

Building safety compliance is critical to service companies, building
owners and fire and safety officials who are charged with safeguarding
occupants. BuildingReports’ mobile and online inspection reporting tools
enable inspectors to quickly gather data on fire and life safety devices
to ensure they are working properly and meet code requirements, or
identify actions needed to meet compliance through easily verifiable
inspection reports. With more than 160 Million inspected devices to
date, over 500,000 buildings represented and over 700 inspection
companies in its network, BuildingReports has earned its reputation as
the trusted name in compliance reporting. For more information, contact
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