NFPA 3: Recommended Practice for Commissioning of Fire Protection and Life Safety Systems

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Introducing NFPA 3 -- the first and only commissioning program for fire protection and life safety systems.

Lack of accountability for the commissioning of fire protection and life safety systems jeopardizes system functionality and causes conflicts between designers, contractors, owners, and AHJs. All-new NFPA 3: Recommended Practice for Commissioning and Integrated Testing of Fire Protection and Life Safety Systems resolves these issues with a complete commissioning program for system start-up and testing.

Developed in response to a request from the National Institute of Building Science (NIBS), this landmark 2012 edition document outlines a process for the commissioning and integrated testing of interconnected safety systems, to help stakeholders verify systems are optimized to function as intended.

NFPA 3 covers procedures, methods, responsibilities, and documentation.

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
  • Guidelines for an integrated testing plan developed by an integrated testing agent
  • Direction for retro-commissioning and recommissioning of existing buildings to verify system performance and interconnectivity
  • Forms and reports that provide a baseline for documentation

NFPA 3 is a breakthrough in building safety.

Make commissioning and integrated testing clear. Ensure systems are ready for action with practical guidance in a single source. (Softbound, 52 pp., 2012)

Author: Matt Klaus
Contributors: David R. Hague, P.E., CFPS, CET; Cecil Bilbo, Jr.; and Douglas Fisher

Understand, implement, and oversee commissioning and integrated testing based on NFPA 3 with the 1st Edition Commissioning and Integrated System Testing Handbook!

Proper commissioning and integrated testing of building safety systems are essential to fire protection and life safety. Get the tools, resources, and knowledge required for error-free work and stakeholder coordination with the 2012 NFPA 3: Commissioning and Integrated System Testing Handbook.

This unique resource prepares you to confidently and efficiently apply NFPA 3, the landmark document developed in response to a request from the National Institute of Building Science (NIBS).

Packed with authoritative insights, links to valuable downloads, and more the Handbook saves time and money plus helps limit risks or liabilities.

  • Part One includes the complete text of NFPA 3 along with expert commentary that discusses the rationale behind this Recommended Practice. The narrative interpretation helps you understand and apply NFPA 3, and explain technical language to non-technical people. You'll also find Annex A material, FAQs, terms-at-a-glance, and other features that highlight important topics and information.
  • Part Two provides an example of a completed commissioning plan and explains the process step-by-step.
  • The Handbook also contains links that allow you to download a complete Individual System Commissioning Program plus a customizable Sample Commissioning Plan along with all forms from the plan ready to be edited to meet your specific needs.
  • A handy 2-sided laminated card outlines the Cx process for quick reference in the field.

Get practical guidance throughout every phase of a complex process.

Adaptable for projects at any stage, the Handbook addresses all types of building systems -- including fire protection suppression and control, fire alarm, emergency communications, smoke control, power, fire doors, commercial cooking operations, and elevators; and identifies tasks to be done within each phase -- from pre-design through design, construction, occupancy, and operation.

You'll learn who should perform each task, the task's deliverables, and key questions that must be answered to progress to the next step so you can document that building systems have been installed correctly and will perform as intended. (Hardbound, 320 pp., 2012)

NFPA® 3 Recommended Practice for Commissioning and Integrated Testing of Fire Protection and Life Safety Systems 2012 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
6.5 Data Sharing Systems
Chapter 7 Integrated System Testing
7.1 General
7.2 Test Frequency
7.3 Test Method
7.4 Testing Responsibility
Chapter 8 Re-commissioning (Re-Cx) and Retro-commissioning (RCx) of Fire Protection and Life Safety Systems
8.1 General
8.2 Re-commissioning
8.3 Retro-commissioning
Chapter 9 Commissioning Documentation and Forms
9.1 Documentation
9.2 Allowable Documents
9.3 Forms and Checklists
9.4 Document Retention
Annex A Explanatory Material
Annex B Sample Basis of Design Narrative Report
Annex C Sample Commissioning Documentation
Annex D Referenced Publications
Index

Preface

Acknowledgments

About the Contributors

About the Editor

Part I

NFPA 3, Recommended Practice for Commissioning and Integrated Testing of Fire Protection and Life Safety Systems, 2012 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

6.5 Data Sharing Systems

7 Integrated System Testing

7.1 General

7.2 Test Frequency

7.3 Test Method

7.4 Testing Responsibility

8 Re-commissioning (Re-Cx) and Retro-commissioning (RCx) of Fire Protection and Life Safety Systems

8.1 General

8.2 Re-commissioning

8.3 Retro-commissioning

9 Commissioning Documentation and Forms

9.1 Documentation

9.2 Allowable Documents

9.3 Forms and Checklists

9.4 Document Retention

Annexes

A Explanatory Material

B Sample Basis of Design Narrative Report

C Sample Commissioning Documentation

D Referenced Publications

Part II

Commissioning Sample Project

1 Sample Commissioning Plan Overview

2 Commissioning Plan at ACME Corporate Offices

Index

Important Notices and Legal Disclaimers