||FYI||*****(STANDARD COMMENT) REVISION:
Revision Sequence: 1
Scope of Revision: additional detection for smoke damper
Date of Revision: 1.17.13|
|E-Mail||From: Withee, Doreen E
Sent: Monday, August 05, 2013 2:21 PM
To: 'Dean Doiron'; Embres, Rhonda C.
Cc: Sharkey, Ken L.; email@example.com
Subject: RE: Calhan School
2006 IFC 101.3 states the IFC provides for a reasonable level of life safety. Chapter 9 commentary further states the purpose of the fire alarm system is to detect a fire, alert the occupants or the fire department of a fire emergency. Continuing with section 901.4 commentary: It is not the intent of the code to require existing systems that are not otherwise being altered to comply with current code and standard requirements. If an alteration or expansion of the system is proposed, the key is whether or not the level of protection afforded by the system is the same or greater than it was before. Any added sections of the system must meet the requirements for new fire protection according to the system involved.
It is my opinion that the scope of work meets the intent of the adopted fire code (for schools) by providing for a reasonable level of fire safety in compliance with the current adopted codes/standards. The system detects a fire and alerts the occupant of a fire emergency. The level of protection has not decreased
2013 NFPA 72: A.188.8.131.52 states (paraphrasing) the Code (NFPA 72) does not require that all audible notification appliances within a building be of the same type. However a mixture is not desired either and a similar signal is preferred - which we work towards in Colorado Springs. We have also allowed new work to match the existing evacuation tones. In this instance, CSSC has indicated the new cannot match existing and the existing is being adjusted to match new. I would suggest the school faculty be briefed on the new signal as this will be a change for them.
With the mix of new versus old notification appliances, synchronization may become an issue. Since the code clearly states the current code/standards do not apply to the existing portions, I am of the opinion the scope of work needs to be synchronized, but not necessarily with the existing. In Colorado Springs, we strive for synchronization where possible to provide consistency throughout a system, using physical barriers where possible. In this situation, the existing portions of the system is something the school district will need to address to the satisfaction of their local AHJ or Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control.
In short, the scope of work needs to meet the 2006 IFC and 2013 NFPA 72 - there need not be synchronization between old and new and the differing tones appear to have been addressed by CSSC already. Keeping in mind, CSFD Construction Services was contracted to conduct reviews/ inspections on the scope of work only.
Dee Withee, CET, CFPS
From: Dean Doiron [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, August 02, 2013 9:09 AM
To: Embres, Rhonda C.; Withee, Doreen E
Cc: Sharkey, Ken L.
Subject: RE: Calhan School
All, just a point of clarification on Rhonda's comment. The existing audible signals were originally set for Slow Woop. The new devices do not have a Slow Woop setting. Recognizing this, we did verify that the existing do in fact have a Temporal Setting and we have changed all of the existing to Temporal. While old to new will not be synchronized with each other, the tome will be of like type.
Further, the existing devices do not have synchronization capability at all. All new devices will be synchronized with each other.
Dean A. Doiron, SET
|E-Mail||From: Embres, Rhonda C. [mailto:REmbres@springsgov.com]
Sent: Friday, August 02, 2013 8:38 AM
To: Withee, Doreen E
Cc: email@example.com; Sharkey, Ken L.
Subject: FW: Calhan School
Dee, although we have not tested yet, my understanding is that the sounds cannot be separated from one another (new/existing) so in several areas we will have several different sounds going on. Please indicate in review comments that we will be accepting this situation if that is in fact what we are doing.
Colorado Springs Fire Department
2880 International Circle, Suite 200-7
Colorado Springs, CO 80910
Providing the highest quality problem solving and emergency services to our community since 1894
From: Dean Doiron [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, August 02, 2013 8:32 AM
To: Embres, Rhonda C.
Cc: Withee, Doreen E
Subject: Calhan School
Rhonda, I am aware that you have requested information confirming the design submitted for Calhan School with regard to the existing areas of the school versus the new, renovated areas and the Fire Alarm coverage respectively. Being unsure about this myself prior to bid time, I did have a conversation with Dee and the gist of that conversation was included in a "Bid Clarifications" document included with my bid to the Electrical Contractors.(attached)
Further, you will note that Item 1 of the "Project Specific Notes" on the Approved Drawings indicates pretty much the same as the comments in the Bid Clarifications. While I do not have written correspondence from Dee to that effect, I am comfortable that she will confirm this based on our conversation.
Dean A. Doiron, SET
||FYI||*****(STANDARD COMMENT 1) This project is: Calhan School, 800 Bulldog Dr, Calhan, CO: interior remodel and small addition
Date of Plans: 6.10.13
This plan review is based on the requirements found within the 2006 Editions of the International Building Code, International Fire Code and the related Standards.|
|FYI||*****(STANDARD COMMENT 5) DESIGNER/INSTALLER INFORMATION
Fire Alarm system was designed by: CSSC
Fire alarm system is being installed by: MEISNER ELECTRIC
|FYI||(STANDARD COMMENT) ADDITIONS AND REMODELS TO EXISTING SYSTEMS:
Existing systems shall comply with current codes and standards for all areas occupied by the tenant, not just the area of remodel. (CSFD Administrative Ruling 2010-2)|
|FYI||*****(STANDARD COMMENT 7) Scope of Work: Panel replacement and modify existing system within remodeled/added areas.
EXISTING CONDITIONS AS DECLARED:
3 hz temporal
Compliance with 2006 IFC 907.2.3 #2 is assumed:
907.2.3 #2: Manual fire alarm boxes are not required in Group E occupancies where all of the following apply:
a) interior corridors are protected by smoke detectors with alarm verification.
b) Auditoriums, cafeterias, gymnasiums and the like are protected by heat detectors or other approved detection devices
c) Shops and labs involving dusts or vapors are protected by heat detectors or other approve detection devices
d) Off-premises monitoring is provided
e) the capability to activate the evacuation signal from a central point is provided.
f) In buildings where normally occupied spaces are provided with a 2-way communication system between such spaces and a constantly attended receiving station from where a general evacuation alarm can be sounded, except in locations specifically designated by the fire code official.|
|Approved/Corrected||*****(STANDARD COMMENT 8) The following RED-LINED items are to be corrected prior to final inspection:
1. Plans reviewed and inspections to be conducted to the 2006 IFC
2. Revised matrix must be provided as this is not a sprinklered building
3. The monitoring of this system does not report to Colorado Springs as this system is not in our jurisdiction. Please contact Calhan Fire Protection District for monitoring details.
4. Compatibility of the existing devices/appliances and the new panel shall be provided.
5. Smoke detection shall be added to the corridor as noted sheet 5
|FYI||*****(COMMERCIAL) FACP LOCATION:
The panel is shown as being installed in -PRESCHOOL WAITING AREA---- . |
|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 /---28-- AH batteries. The plans indicate the batteries will be wired in SERIES to provide 24 volts @ ----28---- AH supplying a current draw of --20.8------- 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.
|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.
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 adopted IFC. The sound level of the alarm system should be tested with a sound meter prior to the Acceptance Test. (IFC 907.6.2.1)|
|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 2013 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: 184.108.40.206)|
|Attention||(COMMERCIAL) MULTI-CANDELLA STROBES:
Multi-candella strobes are indicated in this design, verify the candella setting as indicated on the plans.|
|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) REACCEPTANCE TESTING:
When an initiating device, notification appliance or control relay is added it shall be functionally tested. If one of these items is deleted, another like item on the circuits shall be operated.
Modifications or repairs to control equipment hardware (ie. Panel Replacements) inputs and outputs as well as lamps shall be verified.
Changes made to site-specific software the following shall apply:
a) All functions known to be affected by the change or identified by a means that indicates changes shall be 100% tested.
b) Additionally, 10% of initiating devices not directly affected shall be tested and correct system operation shall be verified.
Changes to all control units shall require a minimum 10% functions test of the system, including a test of at least one device on each input/output circuit.
|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: 220.127.116.11.3)|
|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 18.104.22.168)|
|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) AS-BUILT PLANS
All deviations from approved plans shall be documented and submitted to CSFD for archival. Reviews will not be conducted on as-builts, unless specifically required by the fire inspector, as these field changes are often verified as compliant by the fire inspectors. All as-built plans shall be conspicuously marked as such.|
|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.
Please call 719-385-5982 Extension 2 to schedule all construction related inspection activities.
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.|
|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 adopted 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.