In an article published this week on Consulting-Specifying Engineer, David Joseph LeBlanc, PE, FSFPE, at Rolf Jensen & Associates, says that commissioning and integrated testing of fire protection and life safety systems take a "no-nonsense approach" that helps validate intended system design, performance criteria, and proper installation and operation of these systems.
Mr. LeBlanc serves on the NFPA Technical Committee responsible for NFPA 3, a document that outlines the commissioning process and integrated testing of fire protection and life safety systems, to ensure systems perform in conformity with the design intent. Learn more about NFPA 3, and view the document for free online.
"Although the document has been out for over a year, many people do not know of its existence or fully understand it," he wrote. "Understanding the process outlined in NFPA 3 related to commissioning of fire protection and life safety systems is critical."
In his article on Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Mr. LeBlanc offers up a list of 10 key items that project managers need to know about commissioning fire protection and life safety systems.