Monday, February 19, 2018

NFPA 72 2016 Chapter 7 Changes Documentation

NFPA 72 2016 - Chapter 7 Documentation - Minimum Required Documentation


Below is a breakdown of the updates and changes to NFPA 72 2016 Chapter 7 Documentation specific to "Minimum Required Documentation".  remember to consult the Annex A if you see an *.

All information highlighted in this light blue color is NEW to the 2016 edition of NFPA 72.

  • 7.1.6 The requirements of Chapters 10, 12, 14, 17, 18, 21, 23, 24, 26 and 27 shall apply unless otherwise noted in this chapter.  
  • 7.2.1* Where documentation is required by the authority having jurisdiction, the following list shall represent the minimum documentation required for new fire alarm systems, supervising station and shared communication equipment, and emergency communications systems, including new systems and additions or alterations to existing systems:
    • (3) Floor plan layout showing locations of all devices, control equipment, and supervising station and shared communications equipment with each sheet showing the following:
      • (a) Point of compass (north arrow)
      • (b) A graphic representation of the scale used
      • (c) Room use identification
      • (d) Building features that will affect the placement of initiating devices and notification appliances.
    • (7) Battery capacity and de-rating calculations (where batteries are provided)
    • (9) Mounting height elevation for wall-mounted devices and appliances. 
    • (10) Where occupant notification is required, minimum sound pressure levels that must be produced by the audible notification appliances in appliances in applicable covered areas.
    • (11) Pathway diagrams between the control unit and the supervising station and shared communications equipment.
    • (13) For software-based systems, a copy of the site-specific software, including instructions on how to obtain the means of system and software access (password)
  • 7.2.2 System design documents shall identify the name and contact information of the system designer.

NFPA 72 2016 - Chapter 7 Documentation - Completion Documentation


Below is a breakdown of the updates and changes to NFPA 72 2016 Chapter 7 Documentation specific to "Completion Documentation".  remember to consult the Annex A if you see an *.

All information highlighted in this light blue color is NEW to the 2016 edition of NFPA 72.

  • 7.5.4 For new emergency communication systems, an owner's manual shall be provided and shall contain the following documentation.  Note this verbiage was previously located in section NFPA 72 2013 24.8.3.
  • 7.5.7 Site-Specific Software. 
    • 7.5.7.1.1 The site-specific software documentation shall include both the user passcode and either the system programming password or specific instructions on how to obtain the programming password from the system manufacturer.
    • 7.5.7.1.2 The passwords provided shall enable currently certified qualified programming personnel to access, edit, modify, and add to the existing system site-specific software.  

NFPA 72 2016 - Chapter 7 Documentation - Records, Record Retention, and Record Maintenance


Below is a breakdown of the updates and changes to NFPA 72 2016 Chapter 7 Documentation specific to "Records".  remember to consult the Annex A if you see an *.

  • 7.7.1.5 The emergency communications system and fire alarm system as-built plans and other related documentation shall be permitted to be maintained together, including the appearance of both systems on the same drawings.  See also 7.7.2.8.
  • 7.7.2.2 The documentation cabinet shall be sized so that it can contain all necessary documentation.
  • 7.7.2.6* The building owner or the building owner's representative shall, on an annual basis, review any electronic documentation media formats and associated interfacing hardware for compatibility and update if necessary.
  • 7.7.2.8 Emergency communications system and fire alarms system record documentation shall be permitted to be maintained together in the same documentation cabinet.

NFPA 72 2016 - Chapter 10 Fundamentals


NFPA 72 2016 - Chapter 3 Definitions