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Drawings and general provisions of Contract, including General and Supplementary Conditions and Division-1 Specification sections, apply to work of this section.
This section of the specifications includes the furnishing, installation, and connection of the microprocessor controlled, addressable reporting fire alarm equipment required to form a complete coordinated system ready for operation. It shall include, but not be limited to, alarm initiating devices, alarm notification appliances, control panels, auxiliary control devices, annunciators, power supplies, and wiring as shown on the drawings and specified herein. It also includes the connections and appurtenances necessary to interconnect with the existing system as described above.

The University maintains and services all fire alarm equipment on campus. The Contractor shall provide any site specific and end user type training of the system. Additionally, where any specific computers, printers, cabling, software and/or license agreements are necessary for the University to have the capability to develop a database and/or modify any operating scenario for the building’s fire alarm system without permission from outside distributors, a schedule of available manufacture certification training shall be provided. This training and certification shall recognize the University as a trained and licensed Fire Alarm System installer independent of local distributors and shall not be included in the price of the base bid. The authorized representative will coordinate training arrangements, costs, and specific support equipment needs with the owner.

Manufacturer’s Qualifications

Firms regularly engaged in manufacture of fire alarm systems of types, sizes, and electrical characteristics required, and whose products are Listed and Labeled by UL, Inc. All products, including initiating devices and notification appliances, shall be as produced or supplied by the same manufacture as the main fire alarm control panel. Products of firms that do not maintain factory authorized service organization and spare parts stock are not acceptable for use on this project.

Manufacturers shall agree to make factory training/certification, product programs and/or operating systems, and continued product updates and/or Tech notes available to the University. Any licensing and/or proprietary agreements between the manufacture/distributor and the University must be completed and in place prior to the manufacture and/or product being acceptable for installation.

Installer’s Qualifications

An experienced company who is an authorized representative of the FACP manufacturer for both installation and maintenance of all equipment is required for installation of the FACP and connection of all circuits for any project. The Installer shall have a minimum of 5 years documented experience installing fire detection and alarm systems similar in size and scope to this project. The Installer technicians shall be individually certified NICET Level 2 and by the manufacturer of the equipment and trained and certified on the specific model being installed. The Installer shall have at least one technician on staff certified NICET Level 3. Certifications shall be current to latest release and must have occurred in the most recent 24 months. All connections to the FACP, system programming, and/or programming changes shall be accomplished only by the Installer technicians compliant with qualifications, and must be present for the 100% test, Engineer’s inspection, and Owner inspections.

Codes and Standards

The codes and standards listed below are utilized as design criteria for “minimal” system coverage. The University may require additions to these codes and standards based on historical consensus criteria for design and installation of fire alarm systems specific to facility applications within University type settings.

  1. NFPA Compliance: Comply with current applicable requirements of NFPA-72, National Fire Alarm Code.
  2. NEC Compliance: Comply with current applicable requirements of NFPA-70, National Electrical Code (NEC) standards pertaining to fire alarm systems.
  3. State Building Code Compliance: Comply with applicable requirements of the North Carolina State Building Code.
  4. NC Department of Insurance: Comply with current Office of State Fire Marshal Fire Detection and Alarm Systems, and Fire Sprinkler Systems.
  5. Testing Laboratory Compliance: Comply with provisions of UL safety standards pertaining to fire alarm systems. Provide products and components, which are Listed and Labeled.
  6. FM Compliance: Provide fire alarm systems and accessories, which are FM approved.
  7. Comply with Authority(ies) Having Jurisdiction (AHJ):
    1. NC State code requirement issues: NC Department of Insurance
    2. City of Chapel Hill code requirement issues: Chapel Hill Fire Marshall
    3. University code requirement issues: UNC Health & Safety Fire Marshall
    4. University policy and system application requirements: UNC Facilities Services Manager Life Safety Systems

Assumption of Existing System Responsibility/Liability

Any construction project additions and/or renovations that will require changing the current programming of an existing fire alarm system in any way shall require an official transfer of the entire FACP system responsibility to that contractor. This also includes significantly impairing any active system to accommodate phased construction projects where the FACP will either be: removed in its entirety at the completion of the project and/or significantly modified and/or totally replaced through a dual system coverage conversion type project. A signed letter transferring the responsibility of the system as well as an emergency contact list shall be provided to the owner prior to the start of any construction. (See Attachment A.)

Submittals shall demonstrate compliance with technical requirements by reference to each subsection of this specification. Where a submitted item does not comply fully with each and every requirement of the specifications, the submittal shall clearly indicate such deviations and may be subject to rejection. Identification requirements for non-complying features of items are very specific.

  1. Installer Certifications: Copies of manufacturer signed certifications and NICET certifications as required above (Installer’s Qualifications).
  2. Product Data: Submit Manufacturer’s technical product data, including specifications and installation instructions, for all system components (i.e, boards, devices and/or modules, duct mounted smoke detectors, flow switches, tamper switches, supervisory switches, and/or other similar items which require mechanical installation.) that will support the entire fire alarm system. Submit technical product data on any required fire alarm system servicing and/or support equipment.
  3. Maintenance Data: Submit maintenance data and parts lists for each type of fire alarm equipment installed, including furnished specialties and accessories. Include this data, product data, and shop drawings in maintenance manual.
  4. Standby Battery Sizing Calculations: Battery calculations shall be sized considering the University has its own Central Station and provides runner service. The University is considered Proprietary and a contiguous campus. For those facilities off campus, they shall be sized as a remote station.
  5. Owner Training and Certification: Provide the owner a current factory approved certification/training schedule for the specific system installed.
  6. Maintenance Contract: Provide maintenance contract per Alternate E1 if agreed to by all interested parties. Interested parties include: UNC Facilities Planning Project Manager, the Building Representative, and the Life Safety & Access Controls Superintendent.
  7. Network Interface Connection: Provide product data, as required above, for the specific equipment that is required, by the selected manufacture, to interface with OnyxWorks.
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