Information for Architects and Developers
Fire Sprinkler Information for Architects and Developers
We are often asked for information for architects and developers who have sometimes had little or no involvement with residential firesprinkler systems in the past. They are sometimes unaware that these systems are being installed in houses, hostels, care homes and high rise developments throughout the UK and particularly in Wales.
The inquiry can be generated by a difficulty satisfying some part of the Approved document B requirements of the Building Regulations. Such problems are often highlighted late in the build program. Building Control Officers frequently suggest that a residential fire sprinkler system will solve the problem.
A major concern for an architect or developer is that the sprinkler heads could be visually intrusive. This is never the case when concealed residential firesprinkler heads are used. Wherever possible, sprinklers are positioned in line with down lights and other objects which have been installed in the ceiling.
Common Problems Architects and Developers Suffer From
Many common design problems experienced by architects and developers can be alleviated by incorporating a fire sprinkler system into a residential property in order to gain relaxations in AD part B, such as:
- Limited access for a fire tender when a property is situated more than 45 meters from road curt-ledge
- Open stairway to an open plan ground floor area from a room on the 2nd floor of that property
- A lack of an alternative means of escape where an occupied space is more then 7.5M high
- Fire compartmentalization between different purpose groups for example flats above commercial premises
- Travel from inner rooms passing through kitchens.
If any of these issues are affecting your project, we can offer advise and solutions to these problems.
RAD specialise exclusively in the design, installation and maintenance of domestic and residential fire sprinkler systems and are uniquely third party accredited. Our expertise and experience in this field are second to none.
The Fire Sprinkler Installation Process
The installation process within a traditionally joisted ceiling or concrete soffits is very straight-forward and is carried out at the same 1st fix stage as any other trade like electrics and plumbers.
Benefits of Installing Domestic Fire Sprinklers
A developer can gain significant return on investment by installing domestic fire sprinkler systems in a new project, including:
1. Enhanced project design with more open space.
2. Increased design density of the overall development.
3. Reduced building costs due to a reduction in passive fire protection systems.
4. Increased revenue due to a greater number of units produced.
5. Unique selling point to the customer.
Call us and talk to an engineer not a salesman – we look forward to hearing from you.
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