LIFE SAFETY EVALUATION SYSTEM

An Engineered Life Safety System (ELSS) is an engineering analysis of an existing building with the implementation of additional safety features and fire protection systems to provide a level of safety approved by the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) in lieu of a particular code requirement.

Our role and responsibility is to act as a resource to building owners and/or project teams to bring clarity and resolution as expeditiously as possible. It is important to recognize that the ELSS has the potential to result in additional requirements/enhancements within a building, which must be agreed upon by the Fire Marshal or Fire Chief. Our goal is to establish a baseline of minimum requirements.

WE ASSIST WITH THE FOLLOWING:

  • Understand the requirements and process
  • Complete a realistic assessment of existing fire protection and life safety conditions and features within the building
  • Develop an ELSS with options for enhancements that can be collaboratively decided upon with key project stakeholders
  • Assist in the approval process of the ELSS with the fire department
  • Be available to the property owner/team to ensure that the ELSS is implemented in a cost-effective and quality manner

Services associated with Retrofit and Life Safety Evaluation include, but are not limited to those listed below:

EXISTING CONDITIONS SURVEY AND ANALYSIS:

  • Evaluate the following fire protection and life safety features: Construction Type, Corridor Fire Ratings, Unit Fire Ratings, Means of egress, Fire Alarm System Coverage Locations, Smoke Alarms and Fire Protection Systems

DEVELOPMENT OF LIFE SAFETY EVALUATION SYSTEMS (ELSS) DRAFT REPORT:

  • Develop a draft report of the ELSS report with requirement options

INTERNAL PROJECT TEAM & ELSS REPORT REVIEW MEETING:

  • Finalize the ELSS report with the project team and then submit to the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ)

MEETING WITH THE FIRE DEPARTMENT & SUBMISSION OF ELSS REPORT:

  • Meet with the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) to review our ELSS Report and address comments and concerns as needed
  • Once addressing all comments and reviewing our report with the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ), a final acceptance is given by the Fire Department and implementation of ELSS Enhancements can commence. Normally, building and fire permits would be required at this point