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Performance Specifications:

Performance Based Specifications (as opposed to proprietary specifications) is the best approach (for the end user) when designing fire detection systems.


The initial step in this approach is to identify information relative to the overall scope of work in the project, the big picture and the relationship that the system will play. These relationships include the characteristics of the building, design intent, design and construction team organization, various constraint on the design, project schedule, proposed building construction and features, relevant hazards, how the building functions and occupant characteristics.

2. Performance based goals . .
a. Life Safety
b. Asset protection
c. Continuing operations
d. Environmental impact

The next step in performance based system specifications involves the various stakeholders; i.e. The architect, the building owner, the insurance carrier, building or fire officials, the authority having jurisdiction and the design engineer. Each stakeholder must explicitly identify his or her objectives in terms of acceptable loss for the goals previously stated. Most often, the code will define a performance objective or a stakeholder objective.

4. Fire alarm specifications will include some or all of the following:
a. Address of the protected premises.
b. Owner of the protected premises.
c. Authority having jurisdiction.
d. Applicable codes, standards and other design criteria to which the system is required to comply.
e. Type of building construction and occupancy.
f. Fire department response point and annunciator location(s).
g. Type of fire alarm system to be provided.
h. Calculations (i.e. Secondary power supply and voltage drop calculations).
i. Types of initiating devices, supervisory alarm initiating devices and notification appliances to be provided.
j. Intended area of coverage.
k. Complete list of fire safety control functions.
l. Complete sequence of operations detailing inputs and outputs.


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