2015 NFPA 3 and 4 Handbook - Current Edition

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    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, 648 pp., 2014)

     

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  • Table of Contents (2015 Current Edition)

    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

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