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Contractor/Installer Testing and Certification

Upon successful completion of the Pre-final Inspection, per the NCDoI checklist, and correction of all deficiencies, the manufacturer’s authorized representative shall issue a test report to: the A/E, the Facilities Services Life Safety Shop, and the UNC Health and Safety Officer detailing and certifying the test, including those requirements as specified in this document.

A/E Testing and Certification

A/E System Inspection

In an effort to expedite the inspection process for projects already seriously behind schedule, the A/E can request UNC Construction Management to schedule the Facilities Services Life Safety Shop Owner acceptance commissioning field inspection and test to be performed in conjunction with the A/E inspection. This is not recommended and has proven to produce lengthy punchlists and numerous re-inspections by the Owner.

Once the A/E has inspected, tested and is satisfied the system is 100% operational, and has met all aspects of the A/E design, the A/E shall notify UNC Construction Management to schedule the Facilities Services Life Safety Shop owner acceptance commissioning inspection and test. At that time the A/E shall also and submit the following:

  • The latest copy of Detector Sensitivity Report.
  • A printout of the current installed site-specific database.
  • Signed copy of the NFPA “Record of Completion” form per NFPA 72.
  • Signed copy of the NCDoI checklist.
  • Current copy of as-built drawings with correct room numbers and device system addresses. Room numbers must be installed.
  • Copy of battery calculations.
  • Copy of record for the Notification Appliance Circuit voltage measurements taken at the EOL devices during the A/E test. Take readings at the start of the test and every 15 minutes during NAC test. Test shall be 30 minutes minimum. Test shall be conducted with AC power off and under battery power only.

Owner Testing and Inspection

Database and Drawing Inspection

The Facilities Services Life Safety Shop will require all the above and a minimum of 3 days for review of the system database and drawing review, prior to scheduling any on-site test.

Upon completion of the system database and drawing review any discrepancies will be documented and forwarded to UNC Construction Management requiring action and corrections from the A/E’s system installer/programmer. When the required actions and corrections have been addressed and performed a corrected printout of the installed site-specific database and drawings shall be forwarded to the Life Safety Shop for re-review. After review and satisfaction that the corrections have been made, then and only then, will the Life Safety Shop schedule their field inspection and test. The Life Safety Shop will notify UNC Construction Management of the scheduled date and time.

Owner acceptance commissioning field inspection

A 100% fully functional test of all aspects of the system will be conducted. Therefore, it is expected that the system shall be complete in all aspects. Each function and aspect of system will be tested along with each and every initiating device. Also, all other system functions shall be verified, including but not limited to (where applicable): elevator capture features, control of HVAC systems, door locks, pressurization fans, fire or smoke doors/dampers/shutters, sprinkler systems, etc. The trades’ personnel representing the various aspects must be present. The A/E representative does not have to attend but may attend if so desired. The fire alarm vendor’s technician who programmed the system must be present.

NOTE: If at any time, during the owner’s acceptance commissioning field inspection and test, it appears that the installation contractor has not performed a prior 100% performance test, the current test will be terminated and rescheduled.

Upon completion of the acceptance commissioning field inspection and test, the Facilities Services Life Safety Shop will forward a list of discrepancies in the form of a formal “Punch List” to UNC Construction Management for comment and/or inclusion in the A/E’s punch-list of items requiring action and/or corrections from the effected systems contractors/installers. Once the contractors/installers have corrected these items, the A/E shall notify UNC Construction Management and schedule a re-inspection by the Facilities Services Life Safety Shop. When the systems are verified to be satisfactory by the Life Safety Shop, the A/E shall be notified by UNC Construction Management to schedule an inspection and test with the Office of State Construction. On or before the day of the Office of State Construction the following must be completed and/or provided to the Owner:

  • Copy of current database installed in the system on CD or floppy disk.
  • All drawings shall be posted.
  • All spare parts and test equipment as described in the specification shall be turned over to the owner.
  • All training requirements shall be met or scheduled.
  • All required software on CD or disk shall be turned over to the owner.
  • All certifications.
  • A new signed and dated NFPA “Record of Completion” form per NFPA 72, if required.
  • The FACP shall be turned on but not reporting to the UNC Central Alarm Receiving System (CARS).

System Acceptance

Office of State Construction inspection

The above items must be completed before the Office of State Construction inspection. Upon completion of Office of State Construction inspection any items or discrepancies must be corrected. When this obligation has been met the warranty shall begin on the day the A/E notifies the Office of State Construction and the Facilities Services Life Safety Shop to that effect.

Beneficial or partial occupancy acceptations shall require the system contractor/installer to remain responsible for the “live” system. A daytime and after hours contact list shall be provided to the Life Safety Shop which will include the names and phone numbers for three (3) responsible individuals until Final acceptance has been granted.

UNC Central Alarm Receiving System (CARS) Activation

The Life Safety Shop will activate the FACP account in the UNC Central Alarm Receiving System (CARS). In the event of malfunctions or excessive nuisance alarms, the Contractor must take prompt corrective action. The Owner may require a repeat of the Contractor’s 100% system test, or other inspections. Continued improper performance during the warranty period shall be cause to require the Contractor to remove the system and replace it.

The contractor shall notify the supervisor of the Facilities Services Life Safety Shop prior to performing any work on the system after the final acceptance by the Office of State Construction.