The NFPA is currently working to develop a new document, NFPA 3, “Commissioning of Fire Protection Systems.” The scope of the document is to provide guidelines for the commissioning process and requirements for the integrated testing of fire protection and life safety systems. Often, these systems are tested individually without regard to the other, compromising the performance of all systems. The proposed document can be utilized in any building with integrated fire protection and life safety systems that will undergo commissioning.
Currently, code officials can require integrated testing and commissioning, but no specific procedures exist for project teams to follow. The establishment of a recommended procedure would provide code officials with a specific document to reference for any project within their jurisdiction containing integrated fire protection and life safety systems.