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SDI19 Certified

Fire And Smoke Solutions (FASS) prove their credentials as leaders in their sector demonstrating their expertise built on 30 years of experience working with market-leading companies and as experts in the design, installation, commissioning, testing and maintenance of all types of smoke ventilation systems.

Ian Doncaster, Technical Director of Fire And Smoke Solutions said: “As long-term and active members of the Smoke Control Association, FASS contribute to the development of industry guidance and are pleased to be awarded the IFC SDI 19 certification.

He added “It’s great to see the independent review by the IFC of those who provide services related to our industry. Our particular assessment was the first, in one of the most specialist construction environments, which demonstrates that the accreditation can cover all sectors of to our industry.”
He continued “Other companies now have the opportunity to prove they take their role and related responsibility seriously, and we look forward to seeing more companies raising their standards to meet the best practice expected for life safety solutions as an accredited provider.”

As stated on the FETA website in the specialist SCA section - The term “installation” is deemed to include the fire strategy verification, system design, installation and commissioning of smoke control systems. The scheme document also covers the Contractor’s ability to offer and provide an appropriate level of service and maintenance after installation and commissioning, commensurate with the type, size and use of the building. For details https://bit.ly/2DTsuYN
As Technical Director of FASS, Ian Doncaster was asked to represent the (SCA) Smoke Control Association at the recent CIBSE Round Table, titled, “Smoke control: are the current regulations fit for purpose?” a forum of industry experts brought together to discuss key issues coming out of the enquiry into Grenfell tower chaired by Dame Judith Hackett.

He is also the IMechE representative on the BSI FSH25 fire standards committee, working on British Standards and represent BSI on the CEN standards committee for EN12101 parts 6 and 13.
Ian agrees that the simplest designs are often best, but added that “complex buildings sometimes need complex systems. With these, we have to take on board the additional responsibilities to make them safe and maintainable,” he said. The golden thread of this strategy must be preserved throughout concept, design, commissioning, maintenance and testing, and overseen by a competent engineer, with input from the fire specialist.

You can find out more here https://bit.ly/2OREMCx

David Mowatt, SCA Chairman, commented that: “Contractors should be responsible for the systems they install and end users should always look to use a capable, experienced contractor. Certified contractors will have demonstrated that their trained staff consistently adhere to industry best practice and fully appreciate the importance of correct installation, inspection and maintenance.”
“this scheme underlines the importance that the industry assigns to raising competency standards and improving the quality of companies involved in installation activities,” said IFC Director of Certification, Ian Woodhouse.

FASS – SCA IFC SDI 19

CIBSE round table: Smoke control, are the current regulations fit for purpose.

SCA

As technical Director of Fire and Smoke Solutions (FASS) I was asked to represent the Smoke Control Association at the recent CIBSE Round Table, flagged by Dame Judith Hackitt to discuss key issues around smoke control regulation after Grenfell “Smoke control: are the current regulations fit for purpose?” held at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in September.

An in depth debate and sharing of views experience by delegates attending was had on the key issues surrounding smoke control that are currently dominating our industry. The biggest message arising was the need to preserve “The golden thread” that must run through all building projects to ensure the original fire and smoke-control strategy is preserved throughout the life of the building. The importance of using qualified and competent engineers to design in appropriate solutions at the start, and then to ensure that they are correctly installed and commissioned before being correctly maintained over the life of the building was universally agreed.

In response to Dame Judith Hackitt’s review, the Smoke Control Association has launched a certification scheme for contractors. The IFC-run scheme was developed to deliver competency in fire strategy verification, system design and the installation of smoke-control systems, as well as service and maintenance work

For a full account link to the CIBSE Journal . https://bit.ly/2OREMCx

Other members included Conor Logan, technical director, Colt; Nick Troth, chartered fire engineer and associate director, Arup; Chris Hallam, technical director of fire engineering, Hoare Lea; David Quinn, group director, fire engineering, BuroHappold Engineering; George Adams, engineering director, Spie UK; Dr Ahmed Allam, director, Cundall Fire Engineering; Hywel Davies, technical director at CIBSE; Dr Roger Harrison, technical director of fire safety, BRE Global; Alex Smith, chair and editor, CIBSE Journal.

Project reference list

Fire and Smoke Solutions have extensive experience covering a selection of sectors and environments including Residential, Carpark, Shopping centre, Hotel, Theme Park, Commercial & Education.

The below reference list states key details of projects we have been involved in on behalf of our clients with the specific services provided by FASS. Design advise, study & review through to supply, install, test and commission.

Sector /Type Name Develpoment Description
Car Park
Mechanical Salter Street Refurbishment Design, supply, installation and commissioning of 5 level residential smoke ventilation system including car park smoke ventilation.
Mechanical 5 Bath Road Refurbishment Test Car Park system and report.
Mechanical Kingsway Hove New Build Design, supply, installation and commissioning of smoke ventilation system for 4 levels and car park.
Commercial
Pressurisation Thrale House Refurbishment Design, supply, installation and commissioning of pressurisation system in 6 floor single stair office.
Custodial
Natural HMP Stocken New Build Design, supply, installation and commissioning of pressurisation system in 6 floor single stair office.
Educational
Atria/Stairwell PSCA New Build Commissioning of smoke ventilation
Atria University of Essex Refurbishment Design review and calculations for atrium smoke ventilation system.
Government
Industrial / Warehousing Military Workshop New Build CFD study of ventilation system.
Industrial / Warehousing Military Stores New Build Commissioning of natural smoke ventilation.
Hotel
Mechanical Citizen M New Build Design, supply, installation and commissioning of 10 level system.
Mechanical Belfast City Quays New Build Design & Supply of mechanical extract system with natural inlet over 8 levels.
Pressurisation 118 Warwick Road Refurbishment Design, supply, installation and commissioning of pressurisation system covering 2 cores each of 12 levels including fans, attenuators ductwork dampers and controls.
Leisure
Mechanical Pure Gym Shoreditch New Build Design, supply, installation & commissioning of Basement smoke ventilation.
Mechanical East India Dock Pure Gym Refurbishment Design, supply, installation & commissioning of Basement smoke ventilation.
Leisure Legoland New Build CFD analysis of smoke ventilation of theme park attraction.
Residential
Mechanical Grafton Quarter New Build Design, supply, installation and commissioning comfort ventilation. CFD analysis of smoke ventilation.
Natural 116 College Road Refurbishment Design, supply, installation and commissioning of 4 level residential system.
Residential Rickmansworth Road Refurbishment CFD analysis of extended corridor smoke ventilation system.
Mechanical 5 Bath Road Refurbishment Design and CFD analysis of smoke ventilation system. Commissioning support.
Mechanical Bradfield Close Refurbishment Design, supply, installation and commissioning 2 level residential.
Mechanical 8 Bath Road Refurbishment Design, supply, installation and commissioning of 5 level residential system.
Natural Tariro House Refurbishment Design, supply, installation and commissioning of natural smoke ventilation system over 3 level.
Design The Mill House Refurbishment Design review of installed provisions.
Residential High Street Watford New Build CFD analysis of as built smoke ventilation system.
Design Oceana Boulevard Refurbishment Design, supply, installation and commissioning of mechanical smoke extract system over 7 levels.
Mechanical Rowlands House Refurbishment Design, supply, installation and commissioning of mechanical smoke extract system over 7 levels.
Natural Chocolate Box New Build Design, supply, installation and commissioning of natural smoke ventilation system in mixed use building.
Residential Newton Leys New Build Design, CFD modelling, supply, installation and commissioning smoke ventilation and comfort ventilation.
Residential Shoreditch Village New Build Design, supply, installation and commissioning of mechanical smoke extract system over 7 levels.
Residential Gloucester Avenue Refurbishment CFD analysis of extended corridor system.
Assisted living Tembani Court Refurbishment Design review of existing provisions & development of appropriate design for extended corridor smoke ventilation system covering 4 level residential system.
Student Accommodation Beckley Point Refurbishment CFD analysis of smoke ventilation system. Commissioning support.
Retail
Retail Kings Mall Hammersmith Refurbishment Design, supply, installation & commissioning of Basement smoke ventilation.
Retail Lidl Loading Bay New Build Design and supply smoke ventilation system to loading bay and under croft car park.
Retail Castle Point Shopping Centre Refurbishment Design review and calculations for natural mall smoke ventilation system upgrade.

FASS are Growing

Due to the rapid expansion of the business, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Unitt as Contracts Manager.

 

Mark joins us after 15 years in the smoke ventilation industry prior to that he worked in the security hardware industry.

His appointment will further enhance the FASS project capability and in addition he will be developing the service and maintenance offering.

Cathedral House

Client: Intelle Construction / Cathedral House, Cardiff

Project: Design, support and commissioning services to Smoke Control Systems.

Value: £38,000

Duration: 52 weeks

Details:An existing office building was converted to living accommodation with smoke ventilation required to help escapees should there be a fire in apartment.
The restricted floor area meant that a powered smoke shaft system was required to minimize floor space requirements for ventilation.
Working on a Design and Build basis including all necessary approvals Smoke Control Systems (SCS) were able to provide the system with operation automatic from smoke detectors in the lobbies.
The fan set contains duty and stand-by fan units with automatic change-over if required and the fan control panel receives duty and stand-by power supplies with automatic changeover if required.
It was not possible to install the fan set required on the roof of the building.
SCS made a suggestion which was subsequently approved and incorporated so that the fan set could be incorporated into the structure and the roof was not required.

Highbury Crescent

Client: Highbury Crescent

Project: Design, support and commissioning services to Smoke Control Systems.

Value: £56,000

Duration: 5 Weeks

Details: An existing office building was converted to living accommodation with two blocks and each block required smoke ventilation to help escapees should there be a fire in apartment.
Two independent shaft systems were required: one natural and one powered.
Smoke Control Systems (SCS) were able to provide both systems with operation of each automatic from smoke detectors in the corridors.
The fan set for the powered system contains duty and stand-by fan units with automatic change-over if required and the fan control panel receives duty and stand-by power supplies with automatic changeover if required.
By staggered commissioning and handover of floors SCS were able to help with the phased occupation of the apartments.
A feature of the project was the very restricted spaces and there was a challenge concerning a lobby on the top floor of the block incorporating the natural system.
SCS made a suggestion which was subsequently approved and incorporated so that the top floor is a more user-friendly space.

Plymouth School of Creative Arts

Client: Lorne Stewart- Plymouth School of Creative Arts

Project: Design, support and commissioning services to Smoke Control Systems.

Value: £64,000.00

Duration: 10 weeks

Details: Working in partnership with Smoke Control Systems (SCS) provided detailed design support for smoke ventilation to the fire-fighting lobbies and stair of the fire-fighting shaft.

Ensuring equipment supplied operated in accordance with current regulations by providing a full testing & commissioning service.