Air sealing and integrity testing have a crucial role to play in ensuring buildings don’t suffer from excessive leakage. Integrating this into your maintenance schedule is essential, not just when it comes to fire protection but also with respect to factors such as reducing building emissions and energy loss. If you’re investing in efficiency, and looking to ensure your fire protection measures are comprehensive, then air sealing and integrity testing should be on your list.
Supporting gaseous fire suppression systems
Today, many buildings have spaces with gaseous fire suppression systems. Most often these are to be found in computer and plant rooms. Not only are the systems within these spaces crucial to business continuity but they can also be the most expensive equipment to replace. Avoiding fire damage in rooms such as these requires well installed and tested gaseous fire suppression systems.
If the room is not well sealed then the gaseous agent may escape and, as a result, a fire can re-ignite – so, integrity testing to look for leaking is essential. Integrity testing is also required by BS:ISO14520, not just on installation but also on an annual basis. Ensuring that this is carried out will not only prevent compliance failures but also enable any major leaking to be sealed before consequences can occur.
Other benefits of air sealing and integrity testing
In addition to supporting gaseous fire suppression systems, investing in air sealing and integrity testing can have a range of other benefits for any building. These include:
Helping to reduce energy loss
Air leakage is one of the most significant reasons for energy loss in UK buildings. Leakage can occur constantly where not detected and controlled.
Cutting the emissions that are produced
Buildings that aren’t air tight also tend to be responsible for higher emissions. If you’re looking to tighten up building emissions then reducing air leakage can also minimise release of harmful gases such as CO2.
Creating more comfortable environments for occupants
Where air leakage has been minimised within a building, interstitial condensation is reduced, which can make the environment much more pleasant to be in. There is also positive benefit when it comes to acoustics.
Hillmoore Fire air sealing and integrity testing
Air leakage can occur in many different ways, whether that is as a result of voids above ceilings, unsealed dry lining, hollow floor planks or the use of permeable materials. What is essential is to ensure that a building is being run with minimal air leakage, from the point of view of both safety and efficiency.
We can carry out extensive air sealing and integrity testing to ensure that measures such as gaseous fire suppression systems are fully operational and will function as designed. We can also provide a report, particularly if there is an issue with the testing that means the required standard was not reached – so that issues can be identified and a solution put into place.