2015 NFPA 3 Recommended Practice - Current Edition

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  • Description

    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)

     

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  • Table of Contents (2015 Current Edition)
    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
  • Prior Edition

    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)

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