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Update to the 2015 NFPA 3 -- the only complete commissioning program for fire protection and life safety systems.

Developed in response to a request from the National Institute of Building Science (NIBS), landmark NFPA 3: Recommended Practice for Commissioning of Fire Protection and Life Safety Systems outlines a process for the commissioning of interconnected safety systems, to help stakeholders verify that systems are designed, installed, and function as intended.

NFPA 3 now works with NFPA 4: Standard for Integrated Fire Protection and Life Safety System Testing.

The second edition of NFPA 3 covers the complete commissioning process for system operation throughout the building's life cycle. Guidelines for an Integrated Testing Plan and the role of the Integrated Testing Agent (ITa), formerly located in Chapter 7, have been extracted and expanded into the all new NFPA 4: Integrated Fire Protection and Life Safety System Testing.

Other changes in NFPA 3 clarify commissioning procedures, methods, and documentation for architects, designers, contractors, owners, and AHJs.

Adaptable for all types of systems -- fire protection suppression and control, fire alarm, emergency communications, smoke control, power, fire doors, commercial cooking operations, elevators, and more -- NFPA 3 spells out:

  • Qualifications of commissioning team members, such as job titles
  • Thirteen categories for a commissioning team appropriate to the project size and scope
  • Direction for commissioning of existing buildings to verify system performance and interconnectivity
  • Forms and reports that provide a baseline for documentation

Make sure integrated systems are able to function as designed.

NFPA 3 benefits everyone responsible for the building's construction and management, and for meeting the needs of the owner's project requirements. It helps stakeholders ensure commissioning is done correctly, in every building regardless of age and designated use. (Softbound, 54 pp., 2015)

Author: Matthew J. Klaus

Understand, implement, and oversee Cx and integrated testing with NFPA®'s 2015 Commissioning and Integrated System Testing Handbook.

Conduct all phases of Cx and integrated system testing of building safety systems as well as coordinate stakeholders with the new Commissioning and Integrated System Testing Handbook. Now in its second edition, this unique resource provides designers, architects, contractors, and engineers with a wealth of tools, resources, and insights on a complex process. It's written by authorities with an in-depth knowledge of NFPA 3, NFPA 4, and how building systems work together to provide fire protection and life safety.

The updated and expanded Handbook has everything you need to verify integrated systems are able to function as designed:

  • Part I. NFPA 3: Recommended Practice for Commissioning of Fire Protection and Life Safety Systems plus commentary. New for 2015, NFPA 3 outlines a process for the commissioning of interconnected safety systems. The Handbook's expert interpretations help you understand and apply concepts and explain technical language to non-technical people.
  • Part II. NFPA 4: Standard for Integrated Fire Protection and Life Safety System Testing plus first-time exclusive commentary that guides you through the process. The first edition of NFPA 4 provides the minimum requirements for integrated testing and documentation prior to building occupancy and during a building’s life cycle. The Handbook's narrative explains test methods, test frequencies, documentation, and other activities.
  • Part III. Commissioning Plan Plus includes an example of a completed commissioning plan along with a link to a downloadable form that's ready to customize. Commentary addresses project-to-project variances and how plans conform to different needs.
  • Part IV. Integrating System Testing Plans provides sample Integrated System Testing plans from NFPA 4'sAnnex B that show project progression and the individuals involved. Includes links to downloadable/customizable forms.
  • Part V. Commissioning and Integrated System Testing for Existing Buildings details the considerations, hurdles, and plan-building tips for projects involving existing structures of any age -- from five years to historic.
  • Part VI. Commissioning of Individual Systems assists users in developing a Cx plan in conjunction with the 2013 edition of NFPA 13: Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems, NFPA 14: Standard for the Installation of Standpipe and Hose Systems, NFPA 20: Standard for the Installation of Stationary Pumps for Fire Protection, NFPA 72®: National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, and the 2012 editions of NFPA 92: Standard on Smoke Control Systems, and NFPA 5000®: Building Construction and Safety Code®.
  • New Supplements. Gain valuable insights into how NFPA 4 works with the 2013 edition of NFPA 72, a look at NFPA 3 in action at Harvard University and an international perspective on Cx.
  • Links to online forms to download and customize, and a 2-sided laminated card outlining the Cx process for quick reference in the field

Adaptable for projects at any stage, the Handbook offers practical guidance for all types of building systems.

Get authoritative answers for Cx and integrated testing of systems including fire protection suppression and control, fire alarm, emergency communications, smoke control, power, fire doors, commercial cooking operations, and elevators -- from pre-design through design, construction, occupancy, and operation. NFPA's Handbook is invaluable to the Integrated Testing Agent (ITa) as well as other stakeholders. It helps save time and money as well as helps limit risks or liabilities during the process and throughout the building's life cycle. (Hardbound, Approx. 600 pp., 2014)

NFPA<sup>®</sup> 3 Recommended Practice for Commissioning of Fire Protection and Life Safety Systems 2015 Edition

NFPA® 3 Recommended Practice for Commissioning of Fire Protection and Life Safety Systems 2015 Edition

Chapter 1 Administration
1.1 Scope
1.2 Purpose
1.3 Application
1.4 New Technology
Chapter 2 Referenced Publications
2.1 General
2.2 NFPA Publications
2.3 Other Publications
2.4 References for Extracts in Recommendations Sections
Chapter 3 Definitions
3.1 General
3.2 NFPA Official Definitions
3.3 General Definitions
Chapter 4 Qualifications of Commissioning Personnel
4.1 Applicability
4.2 Qualifications
Chapter 5 Commissioning
5.1 General
5.2 Planning Phase
5.3 Design Phase
5.4 Construction Phase
5.5 Occupancy Phase
Chapter 6 Integrated Systems Commissioning
6.1 General
6.2 Design Phase
6.3 Construction Phase
6.4 Occupancy Phase
Chapter 7 Existing Fire Protection and Life Safety System Commissioning
7.1 General
7.2 Recommissioning
7.3 Retro-commissioning
Chapter 8 Commissioning Documentation and Forms
8.1 Documentation
8.2 Allowable Documents
8.3 Forms and Checklists
8.4 Document Retention
Annex A Explanatory Material
Annex B Sample Basis of Design Narrative Report
Annex C Sample Commissioning Documentation
Annex D Informational References
Index

Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

About the Contributors

About the Editor

In Memoriam

PART I

PART I

NFPA 3, Recommended Practice for Commissioning of Fire Protection and Life Safety Systems, 2015 Edition, with Commentary

1 Administration

1.1 Scope

1.2 Purpose

1.3 Application

1.4 New Technology

2 Referenced Publications

2.1 General

2.2 NFPA Publications

2.3 Other Publications

2.4 References for Extracts in Recommendations Sections

3 Definitions

3.1 General

3.2 NFPA Official Definitions

3.3 General Definitions

4 Qualifications of Commissioning Personnel

4.1 Applicability

4.2 Qualifications

5 Commissioning

5.1 General

5.2 Planning Phase

5.3 Design Phase

5.4 Construction Phase

5.5 Occupancy Phase

6 Integrated Systems Commissioning

6.1 General

6.2 Design Phase

6.3 Construction Phase

6.4 Occupancy Phase

7 Existing Fire Protection and Life Safety System Commissioning

7.1 General

7.2 Recommissioning

7.3 Retro-commissioning

8 Commissioning Documentation and Forms

8.1 Documentation

8.2 Allowable Documents

8.3 Forms and Checklists

8.4 Document Retention

Annex

A Explanatory Material

B Sample Basis of Design Narrative Report

C Sample Commissioning Documentation

D Informational References

PART II

PART II

NFPA 4, Standard for Integrated Fire Protection and Life Safety System Testing, 2015 Edition, with Commentary

1 Administration

1.1 Scope

1.2 Purpose

1.3 Application

1.4 Equivalency

2 Referenced Publications

2.1 General

2.2 NFPA Publications

2.3 Other Publications

2.4 References for Extracts in Mandatory Sections

3 Definitions

3.1 General

3.2 NFPA Official Definitions

3.3 General Definitions

4 General Requirements

4.1 Fundamental Principles

4.2 Integrated System Testing Team

4.3 Qualifications

4.4 Responsibilities

4.5 Test Plan

5 Test Methods

5.1 General

5.2 Test Method

6 Test Frequencies

6.1 General

6.2 Initial Integrated Systems Test

6.3 Periodic Integrated Systems Testing

6.4 Existing System Modifications

7 Documentation

7.1 Application

7.2 Minimum Required Test Documentation

7.3 Completion Documents

7.4 Record Retention, and Record Maintenance

7.5 Forms

Annex

A Explanatory Material

B Integrated Test Plans and Forms

C Informational References

PART III

PART III

Commissioning Sample Project

1 Sample Commissioning Plan Overview

2 Commissioning Plan—ACME Corporate Offices

PART IV

PART IV

Sample Integrated Test Plans with Commentary

1 Overview of Integrated Testing Plans

2 Sample Integrated System Test Plan—Simple Building

3 Sample Integrated System Test Plan—Complex Building

PART V

PART V

Fire and Life Safety Commissioning for Existing Systems

1 Commissioning Existing Systems

2 Conducting a Retro-Commissioning Project

PART VI

PART VI

Individual System Commissioning

1 Individual System Commissioning—Overview

2 Individual System Commissioning—Sprinkler Systems

3 Individual System Commissioning—Fire Alarm Systems

4 Individual System Commissioning—Standpipes and Hose Systems

5 Individual System Commissioning—Fire Pump Systems

6 Individual System Commissioning—Atrium Smoke Control Systems

PART VII

PART VII

Supplements

1 NFPA 3 and NFPA 4 in Action at Harvard University

2 How NFPA 4 Fits Into the Gaps of NFPA 72®

3 International Perspective on Commissioning

Index for NFPA 3

Index for NFPA 4

Important Notices and Legal

Disclaimers

Important information about NFPA codes and standards available


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