We believe the LSE inspection is NOT to be cursory. We believe if the LSE is to be of proper benefit to all occupants of the building then the inspection should be performed with due diligence along with proper documentation. Boards and AOAO's will be making decisions based upon the LSE's information. We believe it is our function to be able to supply [as much as might be possible] a comprehensive report.
STEP 1 - IDENTIFY AND DOCUMENT THE AREAS OF THE LSE INSPECTION
THIS IS BEST DONE BY PREPARING A PROPER DRAWING SET;
TYPICALLY INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:
1 SHEET PER FLOOR FROM BASEMENT PARKING UP TO ROOF TOP PLUS SPECIALTY DETAIL SHEETS AS REQUIRED
ALL EGRESS PATHS WILL BE SHOWN FOR EVERY FLOOR PER NFPA 101 ‘LIFE SAFETY’, IBC CHAPTER 10
VERTICAL CHASES AND OTHER VERTICAL OPENINGS WILL BE SHOWN LISTING FIRE RATINGS IBC SECTION 403, AND SECTION 909
BUILDING EXHAUST SYSTEM DETAILS PER UNIT AND EXITING POINTS, LISTING FIRE AND SMOKE BARRIERS & CONTROLS NFPA 1, 101, 72, IBC CHAPTER 7, & SECTION 907
STAIRWELL DESIGN & DETAILS INCLUDING VENTILATION, PRESSURE DIFFERENCES TO CORRIDORS, LIGHTING, DOORS, SMOKE MIGRATION PATHS, EGRESS WIDTHS VS OCCUPANTS NFPA 101, 1, IBC CHAPTER 7
SUGGESTION FOR LOCATIONS FOR ‘AREA OF REFUGE’ PER NFPA 1, 101, IBC CHAPTER 10 SECTION 1009.6
EXISTING FIRE ALARM SYSTEM VS. CURRENT FIRE ALARM SYSTEM PER NFPA 72, IBC SECTION 907
FIRE FIGHTING STANDPIPE CONSIDERATIONS PER IBC SECTION 905 & 912 NFPA 13 & 14
EMERGENCY LIGHTING EQUIPMENT – SYSTEM IBC SECTION 1013, NFPA 101 SECTION 7
We know from experience -- without proper visuals any multi-point inspection gets bogged down in the details. Confusion, mis-understandings, accidental mis-representations, and all manner of dilemmas result from a haphazard approach.
Codes that architects are to design towards which are required by the State of Hawaii and the City & County of Honolulu.
1. ALL CONSTRUCTION SHALL CONFORM TO THE
Building Code: [ROH, Ch. 16] including:
IBC: International Building Code 2006 as amended by [ROH, Sec. 16-1.1];
IRC: International Residential Code 2006 as amended by [ROH, Sec. 16-1.2];
IEBC: International Existing Building Code 2006 as amended by [ROH, Sec.16-9.1];
National Electrical Code 2017 w/local amendments,
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1; FIRE SAFETY
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 101; FIRE LIFE SAFETY
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 72; FIRE ALARM SYSTEMS
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 13; FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEMS
Uniform Plumbing Code, 2006 Edition with local amendments 2008 Edition;
Building Energy Conservation Code: [ROH, Ch. 32]; Per HRS Sec 107-28 and Hawaii Administrative Rules 3-181.1, the State Energy Conservation Code is now the C&C of Honolulu’s Interim Energy Code as of April 1, 2019.;
ROH: The Revised Ordinances of Honolulu, http://www.honolulu.gov/ocs/roh.html;
HAR: Hawaii Administrative Rules – Title 16,http://cca.hawaii.gov/hawaii-administrative-rules/;
HRS: Hawaii Revised Statues, http://cca.hawaii.gov/hawaii-revised-statutes/".
2. FIRE SAFETY NOTE: STRUCTURES UNDERGOING CONSTRUCTION, ALTERATION, OR DEMOLITION OPERATIONS, INCLUDING THOSE IN UNDERGROUND LOCATIONS, SHALL COMPLY WITH NFPA 101 AND NFPA 241, STANDARD FOR SAFEGUARDING CONSTRUCTION, ALTERATION, AND DEMOLITION OPERATIONS, AND 2012 NFPA 1 CURRENTLY ADOPTED FIRE CODE BY THE HONOLULU FIE DEPARTMENT, STATE OF HAWAII, CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU (CHAPTER 20 WITH AMENDMENTS).