LSS Life Safety Services®(LSS) is committed to working with independent commissioning agents, bonding companies, consultants, and general contractor to perform damper and fire door commissioning services during the design and construction phases.
What is Commissioning?
“The basic purpose of building commissioning is to provide a quality-based process with documented confirmation that building systems are planned, designed, installed, tested, operated, and maintained in compliance with the owner’s project requirements. Commissioning of existing systems may require the development of new functional criteria in order to address the owner’s current systems performance requirements”. – The Building Commissioning Association (BCA)
“The word “commissioning” means a process intended to ensure that building systems are installed and performed in accordance with design intent, that the design intent is consistent with the owner’s project requirements, and that operations and maintenance staff are adequately prepared to operate and maintain the completed facility”. – American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE), “Health and Facility Guidelines”
Per NFPA 3, interconnected life safety systems (both active and passive fire protection systems), shall be tested after the initial commissioning process to ensure the fire safety system remains operational and that they work together as intended in the event of a fire.
Why have your facility commissioned?
A building owner must have the confidence that all fire and life safety systems were installed correctly – protecting the occupants of the building is too crucial to skip the due diligence of commissioning. Retrocommissioning is equally as important as the initial commissioning process. Facilities go through significant changes over the years with construction projects and renovations, and it is not uncommon for the alterations to the original design of the life safety systems to occur. It is important for the life safety system to be commissioned once again to ensure the system is safe for years to come.
Fire Damper and Smoke Damper Commissioning
When performing fire damper and smoke damper commissioning and retrocommissioning services, LSS will provide the following information for the commissioning agent:
Detailed inventory of the location of every fire and smoke damper
Damper functional checklist that includes:
Damper model number
Damper size and type
Type of barrier damper is located Details regarding breakaway points, damper angles, and damper sleeve
Fusible link details
Details about actuator
Operational details of every damper
Other specific details related to project
Digital pictures of every damper “open” and closed” to demonstrate damper’s operation and/or to show any deficiencies
Fire Door Commissioning Services
During the commissioning and retrocommissioning process of fire doors, LSS will perform our complete detailed fire door inspection. The fire door certification commissioning report will include:
Detailed inventory of the location, rating of every fire and smoke door
Door functional checklist
Details regarding specifications and how they relate to the frames, doors, hinges/pivots, door bolts, locks, door closers, panic hardware, astragals, and numerous other door and frame components
Digital pictures of deficiencies discovered during the commissioning process
For further information or a quote to commission or retrocommission the damper or doors in your facility, contact us today.