RIHES February Educational Program

February 22, 2018 @ 11:30 am – 12:50 pm
South County Hospital
100 Kenyon Ave
South Kingstown, RI 02879

Integrated System Testing – To prove by testing, that life safety systems and equipment operate as designed and as required by codes and standards

Topic Area: Compliance

This session will introduce attendees to Integrated Systems Testing. NFPA-4 2015 Edition Integrated Systems Testing ensures that a combination of systems that are required to operate together as a whole to achieve overall fire protection and life safety objectives. The goal of Integrated System Testing is to prove by testing, that life safety systems and equipment operate as designed and as required by codes and standards. Testing of this nature can be executed before opening a new space, after an existing space has been renovated or before renovation to learn more about existing conditions.


Nothing motivates healthcare institutions to invest in buildings more than to ensure building occupant safety and to comply with code ! Institutions can preserve the historic character of their hallmark buildings, reprogram underutilized space and adapt to the changing needs of Healthcare and occupant safety. Segments of healthcare facilities can be removed from service, gutted, renovated and returned to useful service in 14 months or less. Integrated systems testing ensures that life safety systems function as designed and expected to preserve human life and to ensure the life safety of building occupants.

The presentation speaks to our experiences with Integrated Testing. You will get a sense of what buildings and systems require the type of testing that is necessary to verify the systems work as designed. The presentation is a mix of real world testing photos and sections from the NFPA 4 Standard. Our goal is to inform responsible parties about the critical need to check out life safety systems that are integrated with each other. Today’s buildings are not our father’s buildings. Systems are connected electronically and physically. They require initial, re-testing and in some cases retro-integrated testing.

Learning Objectives

  1. Obtain a basic understanding of Integrated Testing
  2. See how fire protection, life safety systems and equipment perform in action
  3. Learn how an owner gets what he/she buys?
  4. Learn how Integrated Testing is performed

About the Presenter

Nicholas Valls, BSME, LEED AP – AKF Engineering Group

Mr. Valls has over thirty years of commissioning, engineering and facilities operations experience. He is Commissioning Group Leader New England for AKF Engineering Group in Boston. Mr. Valls served in the capacity of Manager Commissioning on a major Boston area university’s multi-billion dollar House Renewal Program. In this capacity he managed all aspects of the MEP/FP and Building Envelope commissioning process. The House Renewal program encompassed the gut renovation and historic restoration of twelve of the university’s Neo-Georgian “River Houses” also known as upperclassmen dormitories located on or near the Banks of the Charles River. Unique aspects of the House Renewal Program included conformance with The University’s Sustainability Guidelines, Existing Institutional Standards, compliance with regulatory agencies including, NFPA, ASHRAE, NEC, ADA, LEED, Historical Commission requirements and many others. The renewal program rehabilitated existing historic spaces, renovated/renewed or transformed existing spaces to support new space programming requirements. In addition Mr. Valls has served as Director of Facilities of a Hospital and has worked on projects throughout the United States and the world.


Opening remarks – 11:30-11:40
Educational Presentation – 11:40-12:40
Closing remarks – 12:40-12:50