AvalonBay to bolster fire safety measures at two planned N.J. projects after Edgewater blaze

By Joshua Burd for NJBIZ

AvalonBay Communities Inc. will take extra steps with its fire protection systems at new developments in Princeton and Maplewood, the company said Wednesday, following last month’s high-profile fire at its Edgewater community that displaced some 500 people.

The national multifamily builder announced it will voluntarily add extra sprinklers throughout the buildings, including the attics, closet spaces and between the ceilings and floors at the high-density, wood frame communities that are scheduled to begin construction in the near future. It will also install masonry firewalls.

The extra steps will comply with what’s known as the National Fire Protection Association Standard (NFPA) 13, a standard that is greater than current state requirements for the building type, AvalonBay said. The Arlington, Virginia-based company also said the masonry firewalls are not required by NFPA 13 or current building code.

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