Fire Damper Commissioning

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 Commissioning

When performing fire damper and smoke damper commissioning and retro-commissioning 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