How to deal with engine exhaust emissions when local exhaust ventilation is not an option

Posted by Paul Langford on 10/10/19 10:00

Problem

Controlling diesel engine exhaust emissions in enclosed spaces such as maintenance workshops is easily done with local exhaust ventilation (LEV), which can be as simple as fitting pipes to the vehicles’ exhausts while they are being serviced in order to draw the fumes outside. However, there are situations where this is not an option, for example in a warehouse where there is heavy vehicle movement inside the building, as vans and lorries come in and out for loading and unloading.

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Topics: Smoke Control, Climate Control, Industrial ventilation

Preparing car parks for the risks of charging electric vehicles

Posted by Conor Logan on 04/10/19 10:00

Car parks may experience a new risk with the growing prevalence of electric cars and, in particular, the likelihood that the cars will be charged in car parks. This may lead to a number of fires in their lithium ion batteries, that will pose a challenge to firefighters and to those responsible for safety in the car parks.

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Topics: Smoke Control

Brise Soleil

Posted by Tom Archer on 27/09/19 12:00

Strong winds and storms are becoming a more frequent feature of the autumn and winter weather patterns in the UK and external building features are being exposed to these more unpredictable elements.

However, Brise Soleil systems and typical architectural shading products are generally overlooked when considering inspections for damage. Under BS EN 1991-1-1-4 2005, it is a requirement to carry out inspection works to the fixings of external architecture to prevent wear and tear, check for vibration, divergence, and fluctuations to the system which could cause fatigue and cracking.

The potential for property damage, personal injury and even fatalities could easily become a reality. You must ensure you have a maintenance engineer you can trust. One who will check for galvanic corrosion or wear and tear and who will ensure that the installation hasn’t become loose or damaged from high winds.

An example of what can go wrong if you fail to maintain your Brise Soleil systems:

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Topics: service, Brise Soleil

Considering the sources of inlet air to ensure effective ventilation in your factory

Posted by Paul Langford on 13/09/19 10:00

Consider the sources of inlet air to ensure that the ventilation scheme in your factory will work effectively

Whether your factory is relatively airtight or not, you have to consider the fact that nature doesn’t like a vacuum. If you try to extract air from an enclosed space and no air comes in to replace what you are trying to extract, nothing will move. So it’s not enough to install a ventilation system; you also need a path for air inlet. This blog post demonstrates that this needs careful design.

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Topics: Productivity, Factory Survey, Natural ventilation, CFD

Smoke control system design and installation. Common mistakes and why it is vital to avoid them.

Posted by Conor Logan on 05/09/19 16:30

In my last blog post I wrote about the government’s proposed changes to the Building Regulations as they relate to fire and broadly welcomed them (the main concern is that the very sensible measures proposed for high-rise residential buildings should also be applied to their shorter cousins).

But principles are only as good as the way that they are applied, and in terms of fire protection, and of smoke protection in particular, the devil is certainly in the detail. If these systems are to work properly they have to be designed properly, installed properly and maintained properly. Sadly, this does not always happen. 

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Topics: Smoke Control

The accountable person – why smoke control maintenance is vital

Posted by Tom Archer on 29/08/19 16:20

In the proposed changes to the building regulations discussed in our previous blog, there are two new roles connected with building safety. One is of the dutyholder, who takes responsibility for the design and construction of the systems that will make the building safe. The other is the accountable person, who is responsible for ensuring that systems are maintained properly.

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Topics: smoke control maintenance

Dealing with humidity in factories: ventilate or heat?

Posted by Paul Langford on 19/08/19 17:37

Steam and humidity are by-products of many industrial production processes. But they can have an extremely negative effect on working conditions.

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Topics: Productivity, Climate Control, Industrial ventilation, Humidity

Regulations are changing for the better – you need to understand them.

Posted by Conor Logan on 12/08/19 16:53

The Government has produced its consultation document on reforming building regulations relating to fire. This is in the wake of Dame Judith Hackitt’s report, which was a response to the terrible tragedy at Grenfell Tower.

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Topics: Smoke Control, Regulations

Smoke is different to fire. Why you need a specialist maintenance provider.

Posted by Tom Archer on 31/07/19 15:05

While many know that they need to keep their smoke control systems maintained, a lot of building owners or operators are not fully aware of the details of what this should entail.

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Topics: smoke control maintenance

Are fire alarm control systems any good for smoke ventilation?

Posted by Conor Logan on 25/07/19 16:32

The upsurge in large-scale residential schemes and commercial towers with fire fighting shafts has created the need for much more sophisticated control systems with highly complex sequences of operation for their smoke ventilation schemes.

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Topics: Smoke Control, Smoke ventilation, Controls

Is evaporative cooling safe?

Posted by Paul Langford on 19/07/19 15:00

The first question that comes up when discussing a water based cooling system, such as evaporative cooling, is always about its safety and in particular about the control of legionella bacteria. In this article we will explain what you should be looking at if you are considering such a system, illustrating with examples of our approach to ensure that our evaporative cooling systems are safe.

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Topics: Climate Control, adiabatic cooling

Smart thinking on smoke control - why planning ahead is vital.

Posted by Conor Logan on 28/06/19 15:00

Getting smoke control systems right is essential in a building, since the system should, in the event of a serious fire, save lives.

But it is not simple.

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Topics: Smoke Control

Looking after smoke control in car parks.

Posted by Tom Archer on 24/06/19 15:00

There are two only two types of car park – those that have already been built and those that are yet to be built, but there are many options for both smoke control and smoke clearance in these.

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Topics: Car Park Ventilation, smoke control maintenance

The benefits of using evaporative cooling in bakeries.

Posted by Paul Langford on 19/06/19 15:00

Maintaining the right temperatures and hygienic environments in buildings where food production takes place is of the utmost importance. In bakeries, using the right climate control solution can also affect the quality of the final product greatly.

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Topics: Climate Control, Evaporative cooling, adiabatic cooling

What are the benefits of setting up a service contract with Colt?

Posted by Tom Archer on 14/06/19 15:00

Whether you are a property manager, facilities manager or building owner, there are strict regulations put in place with regards to smoke control maintenance to ensure that your buildings are safe.

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Topics: smoke control maintenance