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FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEM DESIGN

We do not just design sprinkler and fire alarm systems. We design fire protection systems with a total building approach—familiarizing ourselves with the whole building, inside and out, to deliver a more cost-effective systems design based on our complete understanding of the building’s overall fire and life safety features and needs. We, the protection experts have systematic approach to fire protection systems design needs for your projects. We assess, we conceptualize, we simplify, we deliver- In short, we design to code compliance.

FIRE ALARM, EMERGENCY LIGHTING AND VOICE EVACUATION

A fire alarm system required for life safety shall be installed, tested, and maintained in accordance with the applicable requirements of NFPA 70 and NFPA 72, unless it is an approved existing installation, which shall be permitted to be continued in use. We cover the application, design, installation, location, performance, inspection and testing of fire alarm systems, supervising station alarm systems, public emergency alarm reporting systems, fire warning equipment and emergency communications systems (ECS), and their components.

SUPPRESSION & EXTINGUISHING SYSTEMS

 

A fire sprinkler system is an active fire protection measure, consisting of a water supply system, providing adequate pressure and flow rate to a water distribution piping system, onto which fire sprinklers are connected. Planning for fire protection in/around a building involves knowing the four sources of fire: natural, manmade, wildfire and incidental, taking an integrated systems approach that enables the designer to analyze the building’s components as a total building fire safety system package. The ANALYSIS requires more than code compliance or meeting the minimum legal responsibilities for protecting a building; that is, building and fire codes are intended to protect against loss of life and limit fire impact on the community and do not necessarily protect the mission or assets, or solve problems brought upon by new projects with unique circumstances. Therefore, it is necessary to creatively and efficiently integrate code requirements with other fire safety measures as well as other design strategies to achieve a balanced design that will provide the desired levels of safety.

XELUXE fire protection engineers can determine system performance requirements, evaluate water supply systems, produce detailed design drawings and documents, perform hydraulic calculations, and evaluate installation of systems. XELUXE engineers have extensive design and construction experience.

Further, XELUXE engineers are actively involved in the development process for many of the fire protection system codes and standards. This knowledge and experience allows XELUXE prepare accurate, cost effective, state-of-the-art fire protection system designs.

Our suppression and extinguishing system design service includes

Automatic Sprinkler are widely recognized as the single most effective method for fighting the spread of fires in their early stages – before they can cause severe injury to people and damage to property. When one fire sprinkler head goes off to fight a fire the entire sprinkler system does not activate. Sprinkler systems are not only mandatory by most Federal and State codes but Installation of fire sprinklers can provide deep discounts on insurance premiums -and it is therefore in the financial interest of building owners to have installed and maintain a high quality sprinkler system.

Wet & Dry Standpipe Systems are designed to provide a pre-piped water system for building occupants or the fire department. A dry riser is a supply system intended to distribute water to multiple levels or compartments of a building, as a component of its firefighting systems. They are advantageous to the fire service in two aspects. Primarily they provide a fixed distribution system within the building that requires no fire service resources or equipment and secondly it is designed as part of, and to maintain, the compartmentation of the building.

 

 

Clean Agent Suppression & Special Hazards Protection Systems    are used in enclosures where a sprinkler system could cause damage to sensitive contents, such as rooms containing computer servers, paper files or historical artifacts.  Upon fire detection, the compressed clean AGENT, which can be a halocarbon or an inert gas, is released into the enclosure causing a peak pressure of around 5 to 25 pounds per square foot (240 – 1200 Pa) to occur for a fraction of a second. The magnitude is dependent of the enclosure leakage area.

Once the enclosure is totally flooded, the agent will begin to leak out at a rate that primarily depends on leakage area in the lower part of the enclosure.  The distribution of the remaining agent will either be constant throughout the enclosure (due to continual mixing) or will establish an interface with air above and agent below that descends over time as agent leaks from the enclosure, as shown in Figure.

Water Mist Fire Protection System uses very fine water sprays (i.e. water mist). The small water droplets allow the water mist to control, suppress or extinguish fires by:

  • Cooling both the flame and surrounding gases by evaporation.
  • Displacing oxygen by evaporation
  • Attenuating radiant heat by the small droplets themselves

 

 

 

Foam Water System provide fire-fighting protection for diverse applications: aircraft hangars; basements; cable tunnels; flammable packaging areas; flammable liquid  drum storage areas; hazardous waste facilities; LNG tank farms and loading facilities; storage buildings and warehouses.  The light, voluminous foam blanket produced by the foam systems can quickly obtain great heights, reaching elevated flammable materials (such as on storage racks).

 

Fire Hydrants and Monitor installation consists of a system of pipe work connected directly to the water supply main to provide water to each and every hydrant outlet and is intended to provide water for the firemen to fight a fire. The water is discharged into the fire engine form which it is then pumped and sprayed over fire. Where the water supply is not reliable or inadequate, hydrant pumps should be provided to pressurize the fire mains.

SHOP DRAWING REVIEW AND APPROVAL

Reviewing drawings and installations of fire protection systems for existing facilities for the purpose of evaluating design function and code compliance.

Analyzing fire protection system drawings to determine whether or not the designs conform to the fire protection master plan as well as comply with applicable codes and standards

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION DEVELOPMENT

We develop detailed specifications for fire protection systems that provide for maximum performance and cost-effectiveness by enabling multiple suppliers to bid. This service scope may also include the preparation of cost estimates for the recommended systems.

 

HYDRAULIC ANALYSIS

To find the exact water demand, required pressure head, and pipe sizes with less friction losses by use of approved hydraulic software.