I wouldn't get too excited about the NFPA 5000 just yet. Out of 50 states, 1 state (Ca.) has even considered adopting it, and by the time they are done making the California Building Code out of it, you won't recognize it as the NFPA 5000. There is also one township in Texas that has adopted it. Thats it.
Most building code experts that I have talked with that have read the 5000 have nothing good to say about it, both in the vague and unenforcable manner in which it is written, and also some of the concepts that it conveys. I read breifly over some of the highlights, and quite frankly, didn't care much for it. Too many allowances for fire sprinklered buildings. Not enough emphasis on type of construction/allowable height and area.
I geuss what I am trying to say is that until it is more popular, I wouldn't even consider buying a copy.
[This message has been edited by Ryan_J (edited 09-20-2004).]