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BUILDING ANNUAL TEST & MAINTENANCE (PMA) CALCULATOR (BETA)
Project Name:
Project Address:
Travel-time from Office (In Hours): Technician Travel:
Number of Conventional Initiating Zones in use:
Number of Signalling Circuits in use:
Number of Paging Circuits in use:
Number of End-of-Line Resistor Plates that should be located in the building:
Step 1: Determine the number and type of fire alarm panels in the building:
Type of Fire Alarm Control Panels/Transponders Quantity Test Time (Minutes) Total Time (Hours)
Number of Control Panels: 24
Panel Test Time Multiplier: 2
Building Test Report Multiplier: 1
Number of Battery Sets: 18
Number of Remote Power Supplies: 18
Nework Test Allowance (Insert Number of Nodes): 24
Estimated Time to Test Fire Alarm Control Panel(s)/Power Supply(ies)/Network:
Estimated Time to Complete Building Fire Protection Equipment Test Report:
Step 2: Determine the number and size of fire alarm annunciators you have in the building:
Type of Fire Alarm Annunciators Quantity Test Time (Minutes) Total Time (Hours)
Small Systems (1-24 Zones) - Also include Remote Trouble Units 12
Medium Systems (25-48 Zones) 18
Large Systems (49+ Zones) 24
Number of EVCS Microphones 30
Estimated Time to Test Fire Alarm Annunciators:
Step 3: Determine how many suites/units there are in the building:
Number of Suites/CRU's/Elevators Quantity Test Time (Minutes) Total Time (Hours)
Number of Residential Suites/Units 12
Number of Hotel Rooms 18
Smoke Alarm Battery Replacement Allowance (Input number of Suites/Units/Hotel Rooms) 6
Number of Commercial Retail Units (CRU's) - Less than 1500 Square Feet in size (See NOTE 4) 24
Number of Elevators 24
Estimated Time to Test Insuite and Elevator Shaft Devices:
Step 4: List the Fire Protection Equipment that's visible in the building's COMMON AREAS, COMMON ROOMS & SERVICE ROOMS ONLY:
If you import the number of devices from the previous annual test report, exclude any insuite, CRU, or elevator shaft FA devices!
These are automatically calculated in Step 3.
Device/Equipment Type Quantity Test Time (Minutes) Total Time (Hours)
Manual Pull Stations 3
Conventional System Smoke Detectors 6
Addressable System Smoke Detectors 6
Conventional Heat Detectors 3
Addressable Heat Detectors 3
Number of High Devices (Ceiling Height 8' - 12') 3
Number of High Devices (Ceiling Height 12' - 14') 6
Number of High Devices (Man-lift Access Required) 18
Horns/Bells/Mini-Buzzers (See NOTE 1) 3
Speakers/Speaker Horn Assemblies (See NOTE 1) 3
Strobes/Visual Signals (See NOTE 1) 3
Combination Audible/Visual Signal Devices (See NOTE 1) 3
Emergency Fire Fighter Telephones 3
Suite Isolator Modules 6
Data Loop Isolator Modules 6
Power Buss Isolator Modules 18
Addressable Relay/Control Modules 3
Wall Mounted End-of-Line Resistor Plates 6
Difficulty Adder (i.e. first tme removal/never been tested) 6
Number of Supervised Sprinkler Valves (in Valve Room) 3
Dry Sprinkler Systems (Number of Dry Valve Assemblies) 48
Wet Sprinkler Systems (Number of Risers in Valve Room) (See NOTE 2) 18
How many sprinklered floors in the building (excluding parkade levels)? 12
How many hose rack assemblies? 24
Number of standpipe valves 30
Number of Fire Extinguishers 12
Number of Emergency Light Battery Packs 18
Number of Self-Powered Exit Signs (with integral battery) 18
Number of Exit Doors (Test Closures/Door Hold-open Devices) 3
Number of Fire Dampers - Electrically Powered 6
Number of Fire Dampers - Mechanically Released 18
Number of Make-up Air Units 18
Number of Fan Pressurization Units (Stairwell/Elevator Shaft) 18
Numer of Exhaust Fans 6
TOTAL ESTIMATED INSPECTION TIME (Total Man Hours)
Total Estimated Man Hours (Includes Technician Travel Time) - (Use this number to estimate your costs.)
APPROXIMATE NUMBER OF DAYS IT WILL TAKE TWO MEN TO COMPLETE THE INSPECTION (INCLUSIVE OF REPORT)
NOTES:
Note 1 - Count number of signaling appliances in common area corridors and service rooms ONLY. In-suite signaling appliances are calcualted in Step 3.
Note 2 - This number may indicate the total number of flow switches on the system if not individually zoned by floor.
Note 3 - Some items already include a time calculation for an assistant. No additional calculations or offsets are required.
Note 4 - Commercial Retail Unit (CRU) calculations are based on testing four (4) fire alarm devices, two (2) combination battery packs, and one extinguisher.
Note 5 - The Building Annual Test Report Form can be downloaded from our FORMS page or from ASTTBC's website.
ALL DEVICES FOUND INSIDE SUITES/CRU'S/ELEVATOR SHAFTS MUST BE INDIVIDUALLY LISTED ON THE FIRE ALARM DEVICE TEST RECORD!
This calculator is for informational purposes only. Test times should be considered as average and may vary with the type of building occupancy.
INPUT HOURLY RATE CHARGED: INSPECTION COST:
Please Note that Taxes & other fees are extra and may vary.
We gratefully acknowledge CFAA and Brian Stegavig (ASTTBC) for inspiring us to create this building inspection test calculator.