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SMOKE & FIRE PROTECTION 41


THERE IS GROWING INTEREST IN COMBINING SMOKE, HEAT AND CARBON MONOXIDE ALARMS TO PROVIDE MORE COVERAGE AND ENSURE OCCUPIERS ARE AWOKEN


defence to provide critical early warning at low costs. Based on the BS 5839-6:2013 Code of Practice ‘Category LD2’ level of protection and Scottish Building Regulations, the minimum standard will now be extended to all types and tenures of housing.


FIRE AND CO PROTECTION The proposals call for “CO alarms in all homes” – although this is likely to mean all dwellings with a fixed combustion heating appliance – commenting that “it makes practical sense to combine installation programmes for … smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms together.” There is growing interest in combining smoke, heat and CO alarms to provide more coverage, ensuring that occupiers are awoken and alerted wherever they are in the property, whatever the risk. Developer Thakeham Homes is one example. A Thakeham spokesperson commented: “Interlinked products provide


an integrated alarm system, meeting all our technical requirements from a single manufacturer. At Thakeham, we aim to exceed minimum standards and regula- tions. A working chimney will be installed with a solid fuel appliance – along with a CO alarm to meet current Building Regulations. But we also ensure a CO alarm is positioned in the proximity of any gas boiler, as an extra precaution. We insist that all the alarms – including CO – are mains powered, interlinked and have battery back-up to give our home owners real peace of mind should the unthinkable happen.” Crucially, all the alarms have different, distinct alarm sounder patterns for carbon monoxide and fire. So, without the need for any further operation of the system (such as remote switches), the system automatically alerts occupants of the specific hazard that confronts them. This allows them to respond quickly, making the right choice from the very different alternative actions


for either fire or the presence of carbon monoxide.


As a straightforward, low cost early warning, wider installation of smoke, heat and CO alarms is an essential first step, whatever else is done to make housing safer.


Fire sprinklers go undercover with Encasement W


here fire sprinkler systems are being installed or retro-fitted in tower blocks and flats, Encasement’s ‘Versa’


pipe boxing range provides a cost effective, durable and easy-fit solution for concealing sprinkler pipework. Manufactured from pre-formed FSC® certified


plywood and pre-finished in a durable white melamine, Versa ‘L’ shaped boxing is available in either 5mm or 8mm thicknesses for use within flats, as well as communal areas, such as corridors and lift lobbies, where sprinklers are required. Versa boxing can be used with standard sprinkler heads or concealed ‘pop-out’ units with cover caps.


Available in a wide range of sizes, Versa


sprinkler pipe boxing helps save on installation time, as there’s no need for fabrication or painting on site. All that’s required is for the boxing to be cut to length and holes drilled for the sprinkler heads before securing to the wall or ceiling. Encasement’s Managing Director, Martin


Taylor, commented “Our fire sprinkler boxing has already been installed on a large number of number of high rise refurbishment projects, where pipework and sprinklers need to be concealed for both aesthetic and practical reasons, as they are cost effective and easy to install. “From our experience of working with


contractors on countless social housing projects where pipework needs to be concealed, Versa boxing solutions can be fitted in less than half the time of site made alternatives. Also, as they’re pre-finished with durable white melamine, there’s no painting required on site, which also saves time and cost.” He added: “As Encasement holds a full


FSC® ‘Chain of Custody’ certification, which certifies that our products are manufactured from sustainable timbers, this helps HAs


and LAs meet their compliance obligations under the UK government’s timber procure- ment guidance.”


01733 266 889 www.encasement.co.uk WWW.HBDONLINE.CO.UK


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