Our Building Commissioning Services Team specializes in the planning, documenting, scheduling, testing, verifying, and training of fire and life safety systems to ensure they operate as designed and required.
Engaging commissioning services ensures that your fire and life safety solutions satisfy the owner’s project requirements and operating needs of your facility.
Over decades of trusted work, PLC Fire Safety Engineering (PLC) fire and life safety engineers and technicians have earned a sterling reputation for providing quality building commissioning services to our clients, general contractors, Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ), and end-users across a wide range of industries.
Our Commissioning Services
PLC offers a number of fire and life safety services from design to peer review, to commissioning services. Our well-rounded skill set ensures our commissioning services team has the specialized expertise to commission all of your fire and life safety systems, including but not limited to passive fire protection systems, fire detection and alarm systems, smoke management systems, water-based fire protection (sprinkler systems), clean agent fire suppression systems, other special extinguishing systems, emergency evacuation systems, and explosion protection systems.
Commissioning is a systematic process that provides documented confirmation that building systems function according to the intended design criteria set forth in the project documents and satisfy the owner’s operational needs, including compliance with applicable laws, regulations, codes, and standards.
Benefits of PLC Fire Commissioning Services
By engaging PLC’s building commissioning services team, we ensure a more efficient and collaborative design and construction process with enhanced safety features, reduced potential for callbacks after occupancy, and lower operational and maintenance costs.
Your facility may have one or more complex systems that make up your fire and life safety program. These systems are often designed and installed by several parties as part of the building design and construction process. Even facilities with the best design and construction teams can still take advantage of commissioning services. Integrated systems are an important to ensure that all life safety systems are tested and function as per design intent, applicable codes and standards, and industry regulations.
As part of the commissioning process, PLC acts as an extra set of eyes, representing the owner, to run through every operating scenario in your facility and ensure that all of the integrated systems are functioning properly and all of the potential risks have been accounted for.
Our Professionalism and Dedication to Fire Safety
Members of PLC’s building commissioning services team participate on many important committees overseeing the development of various codes and standards, including the National Building Code of Canada (NBCC), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and Underwriters Laboratories of Canada (ULC) standards.
This dedication to the fire and life safety industry ensures that our commissioning services team remains current on all applicable codes and standards as well as industry advancements and innovative solutions.
Whether you are designing and constructing a new facility or have an existing facility that requires commissioning, our decades of fire and life safety experience ensure our building commissioning services team has the technical experience, knowledge, and skills to commission your fire and life safety systems efficiently and effectively.
PLC’s experienced commissioning services team ensures the timely delivery of a quality project while acting as a strong safety-minded advocate intent on seeing the project through to completion. Involving our life safety system commissioning services team as early as possible in a project substantially increases the likelihood that a project will be completed on-time and on-budget, as we help to mitigate rework and other inefficiencies that can result from finding safety issues at later stages of design and construction.
How Can We Help?
We’d love to understand your fire and life safety needs to see how we can help. Please reach out to us to schedule a conversation.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is commissioning?
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) defines commissioning as ‘a systematic process that provides documented confirmation that building systems function according to the intended design criteria set forth in the project documents and satisfy the owner’s operational needs, including compliance with applicable laws, regulations, codes, and standards.
What are the different types of commissioning?
There are various types of commissioning for new and existing facilities. During, a new building’s commissioning, PLC works with the owner, consultants, and construction team to verify and document that the fire and life safety systems in the building function as per the intended performance requirements and ensure the orderly transition from the constructors to the owner.
In re-commissioned facilities, PLC will review the original commissioning plan and owner’s project requirements to improve and optimize the facility’s operation and maintenance procedures.
In retro-commissioned facilities, which have not been commissioned before, PLC will work with the owner to review the original design documentation and operation of the facility to evaluate and recommend changes to offer the safest and most effective operation.
Why is commissioning important?
Commissioning ensures building systems function according to the intended design criteria set forth in the project documents and satisfy the owner’s operational needs, including compliance with applicable laws, regulations, codes, and standards.
Commissioning ensures that the building systems operate as intended and meets the applicable functional and performance requirements allowing for the delivery of a quality project. PLC’s commissioning services team has decades of technical expertise and will act as an efficient and safety-minded advocate for your facility.
What types of systems does PLC commission?
PLC’s commissioning services team has specialized expertise in commissioning all fire and life safety systems including but not limited to passive fire protection systems, fire detection and alarm systems, emergency evacuation systems, sprinkler systems, fire suppression systems, smoke and fire dampers, fire doors, smoke management and explosion protection systems.
When should I bring the commissioning provider onto the project?
Engaging PLC’s commissioning services team as at the beginning of a project will reduce costs in the design process by identifying issues right away so that they can be addressed while ensuring that the project is completed on time and on budget. Engaging our code consulting services at a later stage may result in significant costs and delays due to re-work.
Which industry sectors does PLC specialize in for facility commissioning?
PLC’s commissioning services team specializes in many sectors which include the following: nuclear, transportation and transit, forestry, pulp and paper, steel industry, petroleum and petrochemical, institutional, health care, heritage buildings, commercial assembly and retail buildings (stadiums, arenas, shopping malls, clubs, etc.).
- If you don’t see your type of facility listed above, chances are we have experience in that industry. Reach out to us at the contact below to see if we can help.
Why should I hire PLC to commission my facility?
PLC has decades of technical expertise and industry experience performing commissioning services in facilities throughout Canada. In addition, members of our team participate on codes and standards committees for the National Building Code of Canada, the National Fire Protection Association, and the Underwriters Laboratories of Canada.
PLC’s innovative approach allows for early schedule planning, reduced financial commitments, and optimal resource utilization. Engaging PLC on your project will ensure that your facility is compliant with all fire and life safety regulations and reduces the risk of issues that can arise during plan review and approval processes with local authorities.
Download our Complete Services Guide
Our Services Guide provides complete descriptions of all our fire and life safety services, a mapping of services to sectors, plus information about our:
- Quality Management Program
- Health and Safety Program
- Corporate Security Program