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Bristol - Room Integrity Testing - 0117 212 0189
The office that covers this area is: Cardiff
What is A Room Integrity Test and How Does It Work?
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.
Room Integrity Testing is used to determine if the room is capable of holding the gas from the fire suppression system successfully. On top of which, the test can predict how long it will take for the gas levels to be reduced to the point where a discharge of the system will be needed. Discharging a fire system can be both costly and disruptive.
Does the Test Cause Disruption?
No - people can work in the room and the testing does not affect any equipment in the room. The door fan test equipment is fixed to the main door and will prevent people from leaving or entering the room from the point that it is sealed in place.
What are the Standards and Guidance?
The main standards that recommend Room Integrity Testing on commissioning of a system and the annual re-testing of an enclosure are BSEN15004, ISO14520, BAFE SP203-3 and NFPA 2001. These are UK and US national and international standards that provide guidance on how to carry out the test and the frequency of re-testing.
Upon arriving at site and the equipment's unloaded, a consultant will inspect the room to be tested. If not done prior to our site visit the room measurements will also be taken. Our consultant will set our door kit and fan up in the most appropriate door within the room. Please note, there will be no requirement for the removal of any doors to allow for our testing equipment.
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.
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Asbestos Surveys, Workplace Noise, DSM / Thermal Modelling, BREEAM Credit Reports, Commercial EPCs, Thermal, SBEM Calculations (BER/TER), Fire Risk Assessment, Part E / BB93, Display Energy Certificates, Environmental Noise, Sustainability Statements, Acoustic Testing, Commercial Air Testing, Room Integrity Testing,
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