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The documentation of the design, acceptance, and completion of new systems required under this Code shall comply with the minimum requirements of this chapter.
The documentation of the alteration, maintenance, and testing of existing systems previously installed under this Code shall comply with the minimum requirements of this chapter.
Where required by governing laws, codes, or standards, or other parts of this Code, the requirements of this chapter, or portions thereof, shall apply.
Unless required by other governing laws, codes, or standards, the documentation requirements of this chapter shall not apply to Chapter 29.
This chapter outlines documentation requirements but does not prohibit additional documentation from being provided.
The requirements of other chapters shall also apply unless they are in conflict with this chapter.
Where documentation is required by the enforcing authority, the following list shall represent the minimum documentation required for all fire alarm and emergency communications systems, including new systems and additions or alterations to existing systems:
- *Written narrative providing intent and system description
- Riser diagram
- Floor plan layout showing location of all devices and control equipment
- Sequence of operation in either an input/output matrix or narrative form
- Equipment technical data sheets
- Manufacturers published instructions, including operation and maintenance instructions
- Battery calculations (where batteries are provided)
- Voltage drop calculations for notification appliance circuits
- *Completed record of inspection and testing in accordance with 7.6.6 and 7.8.2
- Completed record of completion in accordance with 7.5.6 and 7.8.2
- Copy of site-specific software, where applicable
- Record (as-built) drawings
- Periodic inspection, testing, and maintenance documentation in accordance with Section 7.6
- Records, record retention, and record maintenance in accordance with Section 7.7
The person responsible for system design (layout) shall be identified on the system design documents.
The requirements of Section 7.3 shall apply only where required by other governing laws, codes, or standards; by other parts of this Code; or by project specifications or drawings. (SIG-FUN)
Where required by governing laws, codes, or standards, or other parts of this Code, design (layout) documents shall be prepared prior to installing new systems. (SIG-ECS)
Where required by governing laws, codes, or standards, or other parts of this Code, preliminary plans shall be created. (SIG-ECS)
The requirements of 7.3.4 shall apply only where required by other governing laws, codes, or standards, or by other parts of this Code.
The documentation specified in 7.3.4 shall be required in whole or in part by other governing laws, codes, or standards, or by other parts of this Code.
Design documents shall include ambient sound pressure levels and audible design sound pressure levels in accordance with 188.8.131.52.3.
Analysis and design documentation for narrow band tone signaling shall be in accordance with 184.108.40.206.
Design documents shall specify the rooms and spaces that will have visible notification and those where visible notification will not be provided in accordance with 220.127.116.11.
Performance-based design alternatives for strobe design shall be in accordance with 18.104.22.168.2.
Heat detection design documentation shall be provided in accordance with Section 17.6.
Radiant energy detection design documentation shall be provided in accordance with Section 17.8.
The risk analysis documentation shall list the various scenarios evaluated and the anticipated outcomes.
Performance-based design documentation for fire detection shall be in accordance with Section 17.3. (SIG-IDS)
Performance-based design documentation for strobes shall be in accordance with 22.214.171.124.2. (SIG-NAS)
The emergency response plan shall document the various scenarios evaluated and the anticipated outcomes.
A copy of the evaluation documentation shall be retained for the life of the system and be maintained with the documents required by 126.96.36.199.
The requirements of Section 7.4 shall apply only where required by other governing laws, codes, or standards; by other parts of this Code; or by project specifications or drawings.
Shop drawings shall be drawn to an indicated scale, on sheets of uniform size, with a plan of each floor.
Shop drawings shall include the following information:
Floor plan drawings shall be drawn to an indicated scale and shall include the following information, where applicable for the particular system:
- Floor or level identification
- Point of compass (indication of North)
- Graphic scale
- All walls and doors
- All partitions extending to within 15 percent of the ceiling height (where applicable and when known)
- Room and area descriptions
- System devices/component locations
- Locations of fire alarm primary power disconnecting means
- Locations of monitor/control interfaces to other systems
- System riser locations
- Type and number of system components/devices on each circuit, on each floor or level
- Type and quantity of conductors and conduit (if used) for each circuit
- Identification of any ceiling over 10 ft (3.0 m) in height where automatic fire detection is being proposed
- Details of ceiling geometries, including beams and solid joists, where automatic fire detection is being proposed
- Where known, acoustic properties of spaces
System riser diagrams shall be coordinated with the floor plans and shall include the following information:
Control unit diagrams shall be provided for all control equipment (i.e., equipment listed as either a control unit or control unit accessory), power supplies, battery chargers, and annunciators and shall include the following information:
- Identification of the control equipment depicted
- Location(s) of control equipment
- All field wiring terminals and terminal identifications
- All circuits connected to field wiring terminals and circuit identifications
- All indicators and manual controls
- Field connections to supervising station signaling equipment, releasing equipment, or emergency safety control interfaces, where provided
A narrative description or input/output matrix of operation shall be provided to describe the sequence of operation.
System calculations shall be included as follows:
- Battery calculations
- Notification appliance circuit voltage drop calculations
- Other required calculations, such as line resistance calculations, where required
The requirements of Section 7.5 shall apply only where required by other governing laws, codes, or standards; by other parts of this Code; or by project specifications or drawings. (SIG-FUN)
Before requesting final approval of the installation, if required by the authority having jurisdiction, the installing contractor shall furnish a written statement stating that the system has been installed in accordance with approved plans and tested in accordance with the manufacturer's published instructions and the appropriate NFPA requirements. (SIG-FUN)
All systems including new systems and additions or alterations to existing systems shall include the following documentation, which shall be delivered to the owner or the owner's representative upon final acceptance of the system:
- *An owner's manual and manufacturer's published instructions covering all system equipment
- Record (as-built) drawings in accordance with 7.5.5
- A completed record of completion form in accordance with 7.5.6
- For software-based systems, record copy of the site-specific software in accordance with 7.5.7
A sequence of operations in input/output matrix or narrative form shall be provided with the record drawings to reflect actual programming at the time of completion.
The record of completion documentation shall be completed by the installing contractor and submitted to the enforcing authority and the owner at the conclusion of the job. The record of completion documentation shall be permitted to be part of the written statement required in 7.5.2 and part of the documents that support the requirements of 7.5.8. When more than one contractor has been responsible for the installation, each contractor shall complete the portions of the documentation for which that contractor has responsibility.
All fire alarm and/or signaling system modifications made after the initial installation shall be recorded on a revised version of the original completion documents.
Where required by the authority having jurisdiction, compliance of the completed installation with the requirements of this Code, as implemented via the referring code(s), specifications, and/or other criteria applicable to the specific installation, shall be certified by a qualified and impartial third-party organization acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction.
Verification shall ensure that:
- All components and functions are installed and operate per the approved plans and sequence of operation.
- All required system documentation is complete and is archived on site.
- For new supervising station systems, the verification shall also ascertain proper arrangement, transmission, and receipt of all signals required to be transmitted off-premises and shall meet the requirements of 14.4.1 and 14.4.2.
- For existing supervising station systems that are extended, modified, or reconfigured, the verification shall be required for the new work only, and reacceptance testing in accordance with Chapter 14 shall be acceptable.
- Written confirmation has been provided that any required corrective actions have been completed
The record of all inspections, testing, and maintenance as required by 188.8.131.52 shall be documented using either the record of inspection and testing forms, Figure 7.8.2(g) through Figure 7.8.2(1), or an alternative record that includes all the applicable information shown in Figure 7.8.2(g) through Figure 7.8.2(1).
A complete record of the tests and operations of each system shall be kept until the next test and for 1 year thereafter unless more stringent requirements are required elsewhere in this Code.
The records shall be available for examination and, if required, reported to the authority having jurisdiction. Archiving of records by any means shall be permitted if hard copies of the records can be provided promptly when requested.
Required documents regarding system design and function shall be maintained for the life of the system.
Revisions and alterations to systems shall be recorded and records maintained with the original system design documents.
All record documentation shall be stored in the documentation cabinet.
The requirements of Section 7.8 shall apply only where required by other governing laws, codes, or standards; by other parts of this Code; or by project specifications or drawings. (SIG-FUN)
Where specific forms are required by other governing laws, codes, or standards; by other parts of this Code; or by project specifications or drawings, form layouts and content that differ from those in Section 7.8 shall be permitted provided that the minimum required content is included. (SIG-FUN)
Unless otherwise permitted or required in 7.5.6, 7.6.6, or 184.108.40.206, Figure 7.8.2(a) through Figure 7.8.2(1) shall be used to document the record of completion and record of inspection and testing. (SIG-FUN)
FIGURE 7.8.2(g) System Record of Inspection and Testing. (SIG-TMS)