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Tyne and Wear, Cumbria, Durham, Northumberland,

Phone Number: 0191 633 0103 Email: newcastle@e2consultants.co.uk

Room_Integrity_Testing is sometimes referred to as Room Testing, Room Integrity Testing.

Room Integrity Testing

What Is It?

Room Integrity Testing is required for any gaseous fire suppression system. Gas fire suppression systems work by releasing a gas agent into an enclosure and the gas then either reacts with the fire or reduces the oxygen level which then suppresses or extinguishes the fire. For a fire suppression system to work correctly the enclosure needs to hold the gas for a set period of time.

How Does It Work?

By pressuring a room with a door fan test and then measuring the pressure release period with sensors to a pre-determined level, we can determine if the room has enough integrity to hold the type of gas agent the fire suppression system is designed for. This test will predict how long it will take for the gas to descend to a certain level without having to carry out a discharge of the system, which can be costly and disruptive.

Can I Stil Work During The Test?

Yes - people can still work in the room during the test and the equipment will not affect the room. However, with door fan test equipment it's fixed to the frame for the during of the test that will prevent people from leaving and entering the room from when it's sealed in place until the end of the test.

The Procedure

Upon arriving at site and unloading the equipment, one of our consultants will inspect the room where the test will take place. Room measurements will need to be taken at this time if they have not been done prior to our site visit. The door fan kit will be set-up by our consultant in the most appropriate door in the room, usually the main door. There will be no requirement for the removal of any doors to make room for our testing equipment as we aim to make as little impact on the environment as possible.

Standards and Guidance

BSEN15004, ISO14520, BAFE SP203-3 and NFPA 2001 are the main standards when commissioning a system for Room Integrity Testing or for an annual re-test. They're a guidance on how to carry out this sort of test as well as the frequency needed for retesting both Nationally and Internationally across the UK and USA.

The test will depressurise and pressurise the room whilst using computer software to collect the data. Once complete, our consultant will check the data against target data provided by the client. If the result is lower than the target score then our consultantrs will beging to identify the problem areas.

All of our consultants are trained to use thermographic cameras to help identify these leakage areas, these images will be sent to the client with a full test report as well as the snag list. The snag list will outlineall the identified leakage areas that will need to be addressed along.

Will I Need To Re-Test The Room At A Later Date?

Any room, particularly those housing Electronic Data Processors, often get disturbed by service and general building work. General wear and tear from using a room can result in a small hole being made, or even if the room size changes, then another test will need to be perfomred. According to British Standards, a Room Integrity Test should be carried out at least once a year to ensure your gaseous fire suppression system will work correctly, should it ever need to be activated.

E2 Specialist Consultants
August 13 at 1:29pm
Today takes 2 of our engineers, air testing this enormous modular classroom in Tring, It took 4 fans to test this space and unfortunately resulted in a Fail. Remedial sealing will be required to areas that we have identified as leaking cold air infiltration. #preperationiskey

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