||FYI||*****(STANDARD COMMENT 1) This project is: USOC, Buildings 8, 9, 10, 1750 E Boulder St: new fire alarm integrated with MNS
Date of Plans: 12.12.11
You can access our web site for the latest fire department plan review comments:
1. From www.springsgov.com, select CITY AGENCIES then FIRE
2. Click on FIRE CODE ENFORCEMENT.
3. Click on REVIEW PLANS STATUS in the gray box
4. Then select VIEW PLAN REVIEW STATUS.
5. Scroll down to the correct address. You may then select APPROVED/DISAPPROVED to view comments associated with that particular project.|
|FYI||*****(STANDARD COMMENT 5) DESIGNER/INSTALLER INFORMATION
Fire Alarm system was designed by: BW SYSTEMS
Fire alarm system is being installed by: BERWICK ELECTRIC
This plan review is based on the requirements found within the adopted Editions of the International Building Code, International Fire Code and the related Standards.|
|FYI||*****(STANDARD COMMENT 6) FIRE ALARM SYSTEM DESIGN:
-----Single Family Residential Fire Alarm System
--XXX---Automatic -----Complete Detection
--XXX---Mass Notification System
No Ancillary functions
Pathway Survivability level 0 per owner's desire/technical checklist (not compliant with requirements for total evacuation)
System Classification: 1-way communication at this time
Automatic response not required if trained operations at constantly attended location acknowleges within 30 seconds per 2010 NFPA 72: 18.104.22.168
Alternative notification schemes permitted (no pre-alert tone) provided occupants are effectively notified and provided with instructions per 22.214.171.124.2.2.
Plans cabinet is REQUIRED per 126.96.36.199.4.
|Approved/Corrected||*****(STANDARD COMMENT 8) The following RED-LINED items are to be corrected prior to final inspection:
1. Verify appliances/devices installed within shower areas are listed for the environmental conditions, including but not limited to humidity.
|FYI||*****(COMMERCIAL) FACP LOCATION:
The panel is shown as being installed in --1ST FLOOR LOBBY--- . |
|FYI||(COMMERCIAL) CONTROL PANEL SMOKE DETECTION
A smoke detector is to be installed at the location of each fire alarm control unit, notification appliance circuit power extenders (NAC/Power Supply Panels) and supervising station transmitting equipment. This detector is to be installed in an area and manner that is in accordance with it listing. (NFPA 72:10.15)
|FYI||*****(COMMERCIAL) BATTERY CALCULATIONS - REMOTE STATION:
Battery Calculation based on the system being monitored by a Remote Station.
Battery standby designed for 24 hours.
The new fire panel is shown to be provided with two 12 volt /--35-- AH batteries. The plans indicate the batteries will be wired in SERIES to provide 24 volts @ --35-- AH supplying a current draw of ----25--- AH.
The new POWER SUPPLY #1 is shown to be provided with two 12 volt /--7- AH batteries. The plans indicate the batteries will be wired in SERIES to provide 24 volts @ --7-- AH supplying a current draw of --5.3-- AH.
The new POWER SUPPLY #2 is shown to be provided with two 12 volt /--7- AH batteries. The plans indicate the batteries will be wired in SERIES to provide 24 volts @ --7-- AH supplying a current draw of --3.8-- AH.
The new POWER SUPPLY #3 is shown to be provided with two 12 volt /--7- AH batteries. The plans indicate the batteries will be wired in SERIES to provide 24 volts @ --7-- AH supplying a current draw of --3.6-- AH.
This appears to meet the battery calculation requirements.|
Off-site monitoring of this fire alarm system is required and shall be provided by an approved monitoring agency.
The phone number to be used to report a fire emergency is (719) 444-7632.
Refer to the NFPA Standard 72, Chapter 26 for information of how this requirement may be met.
Two separate phone lines may be needed to meet this requirement.
NOTE - The monitoring of the fire alarm system is dependent on the proper operation of the communicator panel and notification of the building occupants of any malfunctions.
|FYI||(COMMERCIAL) MONITORING FOR INTEGRITY:
All means of interconnecting equipment, devices, appliances and wiring connections shall be monitored for the integrity of interconnecting conductors or equivalent path.
Monitoring for integrity shall not be required for the interconnection between enclosures containing control equipment located within 20-feet of each other where the conductors are installed in conduit or equivalently protected against mechanical injury.
This includes all panels, sub-panels, communications methods, notification appliances, initiating devices, etc.
|FYI||(COMMERCIAL) DACT COMMUNICATIONS
The DACT shall be connected to the public switched telephone network ahead of any privately owned equipment (188.8.131.52.1)
The primary communication method shall be a POTS loop-start telephone line. The required secondary communication method may be as permitted by 184.108.40.206.1.4(A).|
The exact location(s) of the AUDIBLE fire alarm notifying appliances are NOT part of this plan review process. It is the responsibility of the system designer and installers to insure the required sound level requirements of the fire alarm system meets the requirements found within the NFPA Standards. Most installations will be required to provide a Fire Alarm Evacuation Signal that is not less than 15 dBA above the average ambient sound. The sound level of the alarm system should be tested with a sound meter prior to the Acceptance Test. (NFPA 72:220.127.116.11)|
|FYI||(COMMERCIAL) FIRE ALARM EVACUATION SIGNAL
This three-pulse temporal pattern is the only fire alarm evacuation signal that shall be used.
Only one fire alarm evacuation signal shall be used within a building. The use of different fire alarm evacuation signals in different parts of a building is prohibited by the CSFD. (NFPA 72:18.4.2)
EXCEPTION: Where evacuation is not the desired response.|
Based on the requirements found in the 2010 Edition of NFPA 72 the areas where there are more than two visible appliances in the field of view, they shall flash in synchronization.
Any visible notification appliances can not flash more than twice per second nor less than once per second. (NFPA 72:18.5)
The standard evacuation signal shall be synchronized within a notification zone. (NFPA 72: 18.104.22.168)|
|Attention||(COMMERCIAL) MULTI-CANDELLA STROBES:
Multi-candella strobes are indicated in this design, verify the candella setting as indicated on the plans.|
|Attention||*****(COMMERCIAL ) EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS VOICE INTELLIGIBILITY
Within the acoustically distinguishable spaces (ADS) where voice intelligibility is required, voice communications shall reproduce messages with voice intelligibility.
At least 90 percent of the measurement locations within each ADS shall have a measured Speech Transmission Index (STI) reading of 0.45 and an average STI of not less than 0.50 to be considered acceptable. (NFPA 72 18.4.10 and Annex D)
NOTE: Intelligibility is required in the following areas of buildings 8, 10 (dorms) typical all levels:
NOTE: Intelligibility is required in the following areas of buildings 9, Main Hall/Athlete Center:
Athlete service center
dining area - intelligibility may not be attainable|
|FYI||(COMMERCIAL) SLEEPING AREAS
Insure the sleeping areas are provided with a fire alarm evacuation signal of be not less than 15 dBA above the average ambient or 5 dB above the maximum sound level as required by NFPA Standards. The sound level of the alarm system should be tested with a sound meter prior to the Acceptance Test. (NFPA 72:18.4.5)|
|FYI||(COMMERCIAL) WATER FLOW ALARM
An outside water flow alarm (horn/strobe) is to be installed within 20' of the fire department connection (FDC) to the building sprinkler system in a location that will be highly visible to responding fire crews. This horn/strobe is to activate ONLY on sprinkler water flow, not on general building alarms. (IFC 912.2.2)
|FYI||(STANDARD COMMENT 13) LICENSED INSTALLER/SERVICE TECHNICIAN
An On-Site Installer/Service Technicial shall supervise all on-site work on any fire protection system. This On-Site Installer shall have a current Installer Certificate (RBD Wallet Card), on his/her person, while on the job site.|
|FYI||(STANDARD COMMENT 9) CERTIFICATE OF INSTALLATION
It is the installers responsibility to certify, through the use of this form, that the system has been properly installed and tested.
The form is to be filled out in its entirety PRIOR TO THE ARRIVAL OF THE FIRE INSPECTOR conducting the final inspection and/or the acceptance test of the system.
FINAL INSPECTIONS WILL NOT BE CONDUCTED WITHOUT THIS FORM BEING COMPLETED.
At the time of this inspection the Fire Inspector will expect ALL devices involved in this fire alarm project to be tested. The installer should be aware of the fact that in a larger facility there may by a need to isolate the fire alarm system to only the area being tested. This testing method may be needed in such buildings as Hospitals, High Rise office buildings, and Malls to name a few. Regardless of how the fire alarm test is going to be conducted the alarm installer is to insure that building owner and/or manager and the General Contractor has been informed of the test criteria, time and date of the test, and have given their approval.
NOTE - Fire alarm installers shall also complete the "RECORD OF COMPLETION" forms prior to scheduling a fire alarm final. A copy of this form can be found in NFPA 72.|
|FYI||(STANDARD COMMENT) RECORD OF COMPLETION:
The Record of Completion (ROC) shall be filled out in accordance with 10.18.2 for new installations.
All modifications made after the initial installation shall be recorded on a revised Record of Completion. All changes shall be shown and the revised ROC and shall include a revision date.
|FYI||(STANDARD COMMENT) PRE-TEST REQUIREMENT:
Before requesting final approval of the installation, the installing contractor shall furnish a written statement that the system has been installed in accordance with approved plans and testing in accordance with the manufacturer's published instructions and the appropriate NFPA requirements. (10.18.1.3)
CSFD requires a 100% pre-test - Evidence may be documented on the Record of Completion.|
|FYI||(STANDARD COMMENT) 100% ACCEPTANCE TESTING
At the time of this inspection the Fire Inspector will expect ALL devices involved in this fire alarm project to be tested. The installer should be aware of the fact that in a larger facility there may by a need to isolate the fire alarm system to only the area being tested. This testing method may be needed in such buildings as Hospitals, High Rise office buildings, and Malls to name a few. Regardless of how the fire alarm test is going to be conducted the alarm installer is to insure that building owner and/or manager and the General Contractor has been informed of the test criteria, time and date of the test, and have given their approval. |
|Attention||(STANDARD COMMENT 11) ROUGH-IN PERMIT AND INSPECTIONS:
All Fire Alarm systems wiring installed within the City of Colorado Springs must be inspected by the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department PRIOR TO the Fire Final on the system. This will require the installing contractor to obtain a Rough-In Permit issued by the Regional Building Department. Please call RBD at 327-2880 for additional information on how to obtain this permit.|
|FYI||(STANDARD COMMENT 15) INSTALLATION OF SMOKE DETECTORS:
Smoke Detectors shall NOT be installed until after all other construction trades have completed clean up.
This section of the Standard does not prohibit the installation of the detector wiring or the mounting of the detector base. Any detectors found to be installed in violation of the above referenced requirement must be cleaned, recalibrated, and recertified by the Manufacturer or the smoke detector is to be replaced.
(NFPA 72: 22.214.171.124.3)|
|FYI||(STANDARD COMMENT 16) TESTING OF SMOKE DETECTORS
The NFPA 72, Chapter 14, requires that the smoke detectors be tested " .. in place to ensure smoke entry into the sensing chamber and an alarm response. Testing with smoke or listed aerosol acceptable to the manufacturer, or other means acceptable to the detectors manufacturer, shall be permitted as one acceptable test method."
Please note that the use of a magnet DOES NOT "insure smoke entry into the sensing chamber," it will only check the wiring circuit for the "alarm response." (NFPA 72 TABLE 126.96.36.199)|
|FYI||(STANDARD COMMENT 14) MANUFACTURER'S SPECIFICATIONS
The approved set of plans, manufacture's product data sheets on all equipment being installed, and the installation permit are to be on site for all fire department inspections.|
|FYI||(STANDARD COMMENT 10) INSPECTIONS
Due to the dynamic nature of inspectors schedules, PLEASE call your inspection requests in with ample time to allow scheduling.
When calling, please have your complete CSFD plan review number(s) ready for each inspection request.
( i.e. 20001234 - HM -2 or 20000012 - CN - 1)
The CSFD Approved sets of plans are to be on site for all inspections.|
|Attention||(STANDARD COMMENT) JAH - SCHEDULING INSPECTIONS:
Your assigned inspector is Jeff Hanenberg. You may contact him at 719-385-7359 to schedule all construction related inspection activities.|
|FYI||(STANDARD COMMENT 19) PLAN REVIEW/PERMIT FEES
All fire department fees are to be paid prior to issuance of any permits. These fees must be paid directly to the Colorado Springs Fire Department - Development Review Enterprise - at 2880 International Circle - Suite 200-7.|
|FYI||(STANDARD COMMENT) REVIEWS:
Colorado Springs Fire Department construction reviews are based upon information provided on the drawings and/or the attached reference material. Issues or features that are not presented within the construction documents are assumed to be complaint with applicable codes/standards. It is the responsibility of the building owner to ensure that minimum code requirement are met as established by the Authority Having Jurisdiction, whether of not the requirements are specifically indicated on the submitted construction documents.
The CSFD has reviewed the submittal in accordance with the fire code requirements of the 2003 International Fire Code, CSFD local amendments, City Code Standards, and applicable NFPA Standards. All plan review comments are subject to final on-site field inspections, and testing by the CSFD. Review and approval by the CSFD shall not relieve the applicant of the responsibility of compliance with the International Fire Code.