NFPA Journal explains NFPA 4, the new commissioning standard

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on May 15, 2014

I 6E6A862BC1DB4EA591BF7008CD8519BBt's new. It's exciting. It's NFPA 4!

NFPA 4, Integrated Fire Protection and Life Safety System Testing, originally started life as the integrated system testing portion of NFPA 3, Recommended Practice on Commissioning and Integrated Testing of Fire Protection and Life Safety Systems. However, the Technical Committee on Commissioning and Integrated Testing decided to remove it from NFPA 3 and create an entirely new document that can be used for both new and existing buildings.

NFPA 4 is intended to make sure that buildings with integrated and interconnected systems, such as fire alarms, sprinkler systems, emergency communications systems, elevator systems, standby power systems, and stairway pressurization systems, operate as intended using testing protocols, proper oversight, and verification documentation. As one committee member put it, NFPA 4 ensures that the systems “are creating an acceptable handshake among themselves.”

For more information on this brand new standard, read Fred Durson's article "All Systems Go" in the May/June issue of NFPA Journal.