Liverpool offices are cabled for fire protection

AEI Cables, Firetec, Fire alarm system
Enhanced Firetec cabling from AEI Cables played a key role in the progressive upgrading of the fire-alarm system in this Liverpool office building.

Commercial-property company Bruntwood chose AEI Cables’ enhanced Firetec to ensure the performance of the fire alarm-systems during the refurbishment of the 15-storey Plaza offices in Liverpool. The system was upgraded floor by floor, with existing alarms remaining in operation while the new system was installed. A further complication was that as a phased evacuation system, all new works had to use voice evacuation to comply with current Building Regulations.

A cost-effective solution using a series of AVAC voice alarm system was designed, with one on each floor, as part of a networked fire-alarm system connected by the Firetec cabling for higher end applications.

This approach made it possible for standard sounder tones to be played through the voice-alarm speakers until the whole building was converted to voice evacuation.

The Plaza’s life-safety systems are now more robust, as the loss of a control panel affects only one floor or part of a floor. The entire site is now open protocol, so Bruntwood is not tied into costly maintenance contracts.

For more information on this story, click here: March 2011, 100
Related links:
Related articles:

modbs tv logo

Heat pump market represents a colossal opportunity, says BESA

BESA’s head of technical Graeme Fox said the heat pump market represented “an absolutely colossal opportunity” for suitably qualified engineers but warned that the industry would have “to rapidly scale up capacity and needed considerable investment in additional skills to deliver all these hugely ambitious targets”.

Mitsubishi Electric launches modular R32 e-series chiller

Mitsubishi Electric has launched an R32 version of its popular e-series chillers, available in 150kW and 180kW units.