Architect says sprinkler installation at Glasgow Hospital was used as an excuse to flout other buildings standards

Cost-cutting Credit: George Allison under CC BY-SA 4.0 An architect who helped design Scotland s largest hospital has warned that corners were cut in the construction of the 14-storey complex in the name of keeping down costs. Robert Menzies, now retired from his role at BMJ Architects, believes the installation of a sprinkler system in Glasgow s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital has been used as an excuse for flouting other building standards. He says the complex, which includes a children s hospital, adult hospital and laboratory, lacks exit stairways and exceeds size limits on fire compartments, while a hose-reel for firefighters is too short and some fire doors open in the wrong direction.

Insulation panels used in Grenfell tower are also fitted to the hospital, although the health board has insisted they are safe. Menzies drew up the hospital s exemplar design which sets criteria that firms bidding for construction projects must meet as senior healthcare architect at BMJ. He says the construction contract was given to London-based Brookfield Multiplex in defiance of architects recommendations that a bid from Balfour Beatty be accepted on the basis of cost , he suspects. They ve then made the stairs the minimum width possible. Surely you d want to make them wider to compensate for not having enough stairways in the first place? Robert Menzies, BMJ Architect We thought we would provide a monitoring role right through to completion of the actual build, in terms of where this is compliant and where it s not, so we were surprised to be told we were no longer required, Menzies told the Glasgow Evening Times. I had read the winning bidder s fire strategy and it concerned me a lot. It was almost like they the health board didn t want us around asking questions. It was very odd.

Lack of stairways On the lack of stairways he said: They are supposed to provide three stairways minimum as an emergency escape route if there are more than 100 people per storey. In the adult tower, there are 112 patients per floor but only two stairways. They are only slightly over, but that s just the patients there are also staff and visitors. They ve then made the stairs the minimum width possible. Surely you d want to make them wider to compensate for not having enough stairways in the first place? At least one fire compartment was too big in the original designs, says Menzies at least for the limit prescribed in Scotland, set at 1500sq, whereas it did meet the 2,000sq metre limit set in England. Pointing to the high failure rate of sprinklers in US hospitals 20% of which have had fires where sprinklers failed Menzies told the Glasgow Evening Times that an over-reliance on sprinklers was foolish. If you re putting sprinklers in and you re saying a fire will never occur as a consequence, then why do you need escape stairs? Why do you need anything?

But what happens when the sprinkler system fails? They re not 100%. A spokesman for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde did not dispute the veracity of Menzies claims, but pointed out that all buildings in the hospital complex were certified as compliant with Scottish fire safety and building standards by Glasgow City Council in 2015. Health Facilities Scotland also endorsed the hospital s fire strategy, he said. He said: It is important that everyone working in and coming to these world class facilities for healthcare know that we take fire safety extremely seriously and that there are heat/smoke detection and early warning fire alarm systems combined with automatic fire suppression sprinkler systems fitted in all areas. The hospitals are further protected by designated fire-fighting and fire evacuation lifts, as well as multiple fire escape stairwells. A spokeswoman for Brookfield Multiplex said: The final design met all the requirements of the building regulations and was signed off progressively through construction by Glasgow City Council s building control office.

Construction consultancy firm Currie & Brown has been appointed to verify the hospitals construction and certification process following the Grenfell blaze.

Wireless intrusion sensors: Adoption still weak in the commercial sector

Analysis Texecom Ricochet wireless external motion sensor IHS Markit estimates that 68 million intruder alarm sensors were sold globally in 2016 of which 41% were wireless, according to the latest intruder alarm and monitoring database. However, just 4% of those wireless intrusion sensors were destined for the large commercial sector. Residential and small-medium business sectors jointly accounted for the remaining 96% of the wireless sensor market.

Wireless benefits Although the use of wireless sensors remains limited in the commercial sector, the popularity of these products is on the rise for several reasons: Wireless sensors carry significantly lower installation costs as the installation process is much simpler and quicker. The lower install cost that comes with wireless sensors allows companies to allocate a greater portion of their security budget to hardware, enabling them to invest in additional or higher-quality sensors, or upgrades for the system, such as integration with video surveillance. Wireless solutions are also more practical in unique installations like remote areas without easy access to the power mains. To overcome range issues, mesh networks, which act as signal repeaters, are used for larger installations. Moreover, as the use of wireless sensors proliferates across commercial applications, consumers may choose to adopt wireless control panels, to allow for easier future addition of extra sensors, as they won t require on-site IT configuration to add to the system. Prices of wireless sensors have also fallen fast , decreasing by 16% since 2012. Battery lifespan of wireless sensors has also improved in recent years, now lasting between one and five years depending on circumstances. Although enhancements have been made, limited lifespan of sensor batteries will put pressure on the security systems manager, necessitating the procurement of software that will allow to easily manage battery statuses. More wireless sensors are available with UL certification , a prerequisite for many professional monitoring and insurance providers.

Wireless misgivings Although wireless sensor technology is making inroads into commercial projects, concerns remain such as encryption, sensor price and ongoing maintenance costs: Despite improvements to encryption for wireless systems, the risk of being hacked is still a common concern among large commercial end users. For example, wireless sensors are susceptible to jamming and signal interference, and if the system s control panel is compromised the entire network of wireless sensors can be rendered useless by disabling the wireless module. Wireless sensors are also more expensive than their wired counterparts . For example IHS Markit found that globally, a wireless PIR sensor costs 30% more than a wired variant on average. The maintenance costs of wireless sensors are also higher, with the requirement to buy and maintain a set of spare batteries for replacement or recharging. Long-term opportunities for vendors and installers Despite the challenges facing wireless security sensors in large-commercial applications today, manufacturers and installers that promote and install wireless sensors will likely reap long-term benefits of the devices: Vendors with strong after-sales service, such as customer service and maintenance, would be able to improve efficiency and speed of s ervice by capitalising on the greater ease with which wireless sensors can be added to the system. This will lead to shorter installation times allowing them to serve more customers in a set period of time. As wireless sensors are adopted on a wider scale, the significance of battery management system solutions will become apparent. Suppliers with the best battery management software, that is easy to use with interactive interface, are likely to seize the best of this opportunity.

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Fire doorsets: How do we know that the fire safety measures we put in place are compliant?

Gerda As a responsible person under the RR(FS)O, we want to know that the fire safety measures we put in place are compliant, perform and are durable. Furthermore we want to show that we have done our homework accordingly. This paper highlights how this can be achieved with the focus on fire doorsets.

Fire doorsets are an integral part of compartmentation in buildings. Legislation and guidance point towards designed and fully tested doorsets: Replacement with suitable, purpose-designed and tested doorset constructions is always preferable A fire doorset s function may differ dependent on the type of doorset. A flat entrance doorset will require different test standards to that of a cross corridor doorset. For the housing provider/specifier it is important to check the test report data be it fire resistance (EN1634-1/BS476 pt 22), smoke control (EN1634-3 / BS476 pt 31) security (PAS24 or similar with BS6375) , acoustics (EN ISO 10140-2) thermal insulation (EN ISO 10077) and so on. Performance tests Do ensure that the different performance tests correlate to the same design, composition and construction for the doorset. The installation of a fire doorset impacts on whether the doorset will actually perform as designed in the event of a fire. By choosing a certified installer, through a recognised body such as BM Trada, Firas, or LPCB and working with the manufacturer s instructions, this should ensure that the work is carried out properly. Assuming we have properly checked the fire doorset test report data and certification this can be logged. However, how do we verify and document that the installation is compliant?

Often at sign-off the work is complete and the finished item is visible only. Technology is now available with image based evidence for installation stages specific to a given doorset. This not only demonstrates compliance, it also provides an audit trail. Lower costs Under the RR(FS)O there is a requirement to maintain fire doorsets and ensure they are in good repair (section 38.1) The same technology can document on-going maintenance for the doorset as well as any unscheduled repairs needing to be carried out. This translates through to lower service provision costs for the building provider, whilst future-proofing the investment. Available to use with a smart enabled phone or tablet device it is entirely mobile with a downloadable app. Tailored to the specific doorset, it provides the DNA and full history of any changes or maintenance. Particularly beneficial in refurbishment, where doorset sizes and functionality may differ, all dimensions, components and important reference information is stored with that doorset s unique code and location. This assists the building provider in the fast identification and replacement of parts where needed all of which is a necessity for fire doorsets.

The Gerda G Smart system brings auditable compliance to all Gerda fire doorset ranges. It documents effective real-time installation and maintenance of fire doorsets and provides the DNA and life history of the doorset. We see that the fire safety measures fire doorsets can offer built-in compliance for asset management. FIREX International takes place between 20-22 June 2017 at London ExCeL. Gerda is exhibiting on stand E120. Get your free badge now. Visit FIREX International for cutting-edge solutions, essential knowledge and the ability to grow your business by getting direct access to the whole fire safety industry. It is the perfect place to get your product in front of thousands of buyers, across a multitude of featured areas. From the brand new Drone Zone, the ARC Village, ASFP Passive Protection Zone, the Engineers of Tomorrow competition and more, it s all under one roof so you ll never miss a beat.

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Honeywell expands equIP series of IP cameras

IFSEC 2017 Honeywell has announced new additions to its line of equIP Series IP cameras, which are designed to provide higher image picture quality in poorly lit spaces and rooms. The secure IP cameras feature 4K ultra HD and 360 panoramic video and were developed with connected building systems in mind. A unified and simple design means the new equIP cameras easier to install, use, maintain and integrate with other connected building systems.

With H.265 Codec technology, video recorder storage costs are reduced without sacrificing image quality, providing better bandwidth usage. Honeywell s Xtralis IntrusionTrace video analytics software enhances the accuracy of surveillance and response to events to help users reduce financial losses and limit business interruption. The cameras can be more easily integrated with other Honeywell ecosystem technology to create one single IP platform for site monitoring and control. The cameras are designed for enterprise and critical infrastructure applications in industrial buildings, utility assets, as well as the energy, education, government, and banking industries. Fifteen languages are available during installation. Only one person is needed to mount the cameras. The range can reuse existing pole, corner, pendent, or wall brackets, saving on time and money. If the cameras are installed with Honeywell s MAXPRO, setup is even easier as all camera units are automatically detected by MAXPRO in the installation process. The new equIP series is CE, FCC and UL certified.

The equIP camera range includes: 12 megapixel 4K Ultra HD IP box camera Infrared IP bullet camera Outdoor infrared IP mini-dome camera A six megapixel indoor/outdoor Fisheye IR IP camera Indoor/outdoor 2 megapixel 30x zoom WDR PTZ IP cameras Cameras in the equIP line feature: 3D positioning functionality for PTZ cameras Embedded microphones for indoor cameras for greater accuracy Support for ONVIF Profile S and G Integration with Honeywell NVRs and VMS including MAXPRO , HUS, DVM, and Performance embedded NVRs Support for third-party manufacturers NVR and VMS Honeywell is exhibiting at IFSEC International between 20-22 June 2017 at London ExCeL. You will find them on stands D250 and D300. Get your free badge now. Visit Europe s only large-scale security event in 2017 Taking place in London, 20 22 June 2017, IFSEC International gives you exclusive hands-on access to over 10,000 security solutions, live product demonstrations, and networking with over 27,000 security professionals. Covering every aspect of security, from access control and video surveillance to smart buildings, cyber, border control and so much more.

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Door Entry IP: There s no margin at the lower end of the residential access control market so installers are flocking to us

With IFSEC International just a few days away, we spoke to Graham Oliver, managing director of Door Entry IP, which is exhibiting at the security trade show. Hatfield-based Door Entry IP, which supports custom installers with home access control systems, will be on stand C1435 in London ExCeL between 20-22 June 2017. IFSEC Global: What products and solutions you will showcasing at the event?

Graham Oliver: We re going to be showing a range of products from a German manufacturer called Siedle. This year we were hoping for higher contact with the installers from what s called the custom install industry, the AV industry. We supply a lot of equipment to AV installers because our kit is definitely at the top end. If it were a car it would start at Mercedes C Class level and the range goes upwards from there. Siedle all about design, finish, performance and reliability What they will see on our stand is internal intercoms finished in leather, for example. And marine-grade stainless steel entry panels as standard. So very different to what security installers are expecting. They re used to commodity products. IG: So what kind of people are you looking to meet?

GO: We re keen to see architects and specifiers, because once they see the product they tend to fall in love with it. That s how most of our business comes in; it s specified. When it s designed into a building solution, that s just one of Siedle s strengths. For example, we can supply an entire entryway with letterboxes integrated, matching the exact finish of the building exterior and much more. So, it becomes part of the building rather than something incongruous stuck on the building afterwards. That stage is often where the security industry becomes involved but we re seeing more and more that they are becoming involved in the bigger projects and dealing more closely with the AV sector. I guess that s the way IFSEC is going to be honest. That s why it s of interest to us. IG: What kind of end customers are you seeing?

GO: We re talking about a complete cross section. We supplied the entry panels for One Hyde Park and many projects throughout London And we re getting involved in larger developments now. Previously it was high end homes. IG: Going back to your stand, do you have any exciting plans for how it will work? GO: It s going to be operational. One thing we do that s very different to others is when someone comes to the entrance door they get the standard camera every time. They push a button, and the image captured is shown on the screen inside. But we have different types of camera to suit. So, if a camera has to be mounted at a certain height, for example in a DDA application, we have integrated cameras with much wider angles including 180 We deliver as standard true day-night cameras.

With a movable IR filter, it is as crystal clear at night-time, in the dark, as it is during the day. Others don t do it at all, but we do that as standard. Our stainless steel panels aren t just stainless steel, because stainless steel isn t stainless it does rust. It s all marine-grade stainless steel as standard. You can just see the difference in the basic finish. We want to show people that door entry doesn t have to be just a commodity product; it can be designed and installed into upmarket properties and importantly installers can make money out of it by treating this are as a profit centre not as a nuisance. They also stand out from other installers. IG: How does your relationship work with people integrating and installing the system? GO: Our job at Door Entry IP Ltd is to support Siedle throughout the UK.

So we do it from start to finish. So, let s say an enquiry starts with an architect, and eventually the project is awarded to the security installer, electrical contractor, AV installer, whoever is going to perform the installation. They ve won the project, they ask: what are we going to do now? So we offer them training courses for free. And we tailor that as close to their project as possible. We assist with all cable layouts and the rest of the stuff and hold their hand all the way through. Our plan is to get repeat business, and the only way to do that is to give the service to match our price level. Our cabling is as easy as it is with lower end commodity systems. They can be conventional bus systems, they can be IP systems, but we re not doing anything different in that direction.

So the skills of the engineers don t have to be different. It s just that we do things with products in a slightly different way, but the installation side is, if anything, perhaps a bit easier. IG: Is there anything else you want to add? GO: We re seeing the trade moving upmarket because over time more and more competitors have been fighting at the lower end and there s no longer any margin in it for them. It s what happened in the alarm industry a number of years ago. So installers are looking to move into other areas to generate a profit and we re a really good leapfrog into the AV industry. Door Entry IP will be showcasing its solutions art IFSEC International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. You can find them on stand C1435. Get your free badge now.

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Case study: England s oldest school installs HD surveillance solution from IDIS

Dating from 597AD, the King s School in Canterbury is England s oldest school. The establishment, which is situated on a World Heritage site within the precincts of Canterbury Cathedral, recently had a video surveillance system from end-to-end surveillance provider IDIS installed. IDIS presents this downloadable case study about the installation, which was conducted by leading integrator Sunstone Systems.

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FIREX 2017: ASFP Passive Protection Zone to include live installations

FIREX 2017 Exova Warringtonfire and Exova BM TRADA have alighted on the theme achieving best practice passive fire protection for this year s ASFP Passive Protection Zone at FIREX International (20-22 June 2017, Excel London). For the first time ever, passive protection measures will be installed live during the show. Each day at the three-day event Q-Mark and Certifire-approved contractor London Fire Solutions will demonstrate best practice passive fire protection product installation on Exova s 80 square metre stand C100.

The first session, which starts at 12 noon, will involve the installation of a double doorset into a full-scale mock-up of a typical corridor. The installation will be filmed and relayed live to a seated audience on the stand, with expert commentary provided by senior product assessor Simon Bailey. At 2pm, London Fire Solutions will complete the installation of the remaining passive fire protection measures, including service pipes and protective collars alongside cables, cable trays and a fire bat. Again, the installation will be filmed, with Ross Newman, Principal Technical Officer at Exova BM TRADA providing detailed expert commentary to the audience. Both sessions will include a question and answer session with the audience and an opportunity to examine the installation work close-up. In addition to the full-scale simulated cross-corridor set-up, the stand will feature a number of displays including a burnt fire door, three types of burnt fire resistant glazing, burnt structural steel and a burnt service pipe and collar. Visitors to the stand will also be able to test their knowledge of fire doors by examining two seemingly identical specimens to determine which has been installed correctly and which has not. The installation demonstrations will be one of the key highlights of the ASFP Passive Fire Protection Zone. Exova BM TRADA Exova BM TRADA provides independent certification, inspection, technical and training services.

It helps organisations to prove their business and product credentials and to improve performance and compliance. Exova BM TRADA has have a long history of technical excellence in management systems, supply chain and product certification. The organisation offers certification to businesses in over 70 countries to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 50001, BS OHSAS 18001, ISO 27001, FSC A000503, PEFC , BRC, RSPO and UTZ. Exova Warringtonfire Exova Warringtonfire is one of the world s leading independent fire testing, assessment and consultancy organisations, offering a diverse range of specialist fire safety services to international markets from a network of accredited sites around the world including Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia. Exova Exova BM TRADA and Exova Warringtonfire are part of Exova group which is one of the world s leading laboratory-based testing groups, trusted by organisations to test and advise on the safety, quality and performance of their products and operations. Headquartered in Edinburgh, UK, Exova operates 135 laboratories and offices in 33 countries and employs around 4,200 people throughout Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Asia/Asia Pacific and Africa. Exova s capabilities help to extend asset life, bring predictability to applications, and shorten the time to market for customers products, processes and materials. With over 90 years experience, Exova specialises in testing across a number of key sectors ranging from Aerospace to Fire & Building Products; Oil & Gas and Industrials; Infrastructure & Environment; Automotive; and Health Sciences. FIREX International (20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL) is Europe s biggest annual fire-safety show.

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Wired versus wireless fire alarm systems: compare the benefits

When choosing a new fire alarm system installation for your business premises, one of the decisions to be made is whether to have a wired or wireless fire alarm system. So what s the difference between the two? As the names imply, wired fire alarm systems use cabling to transmit signals between devices and the system control panel.

Wireless systems also transmit signals, but through a radio frequency. So how do you decide which system to choose? We ve put together a few benefits of each one. Benefits of a wired fire alarm systems Cheaper devices Wired devices tend to be cheaper to buy than their wireless equivalents Reliable power source Wired fire alarm systems are mains-powered, and most incorporate battery back-up in case of failure. This makes the whole system more reliable. No signal interference There s no worry of signal interference using a wired system, which is a concern for wireless alarms. Devices can be any distance from each other Devices on a wireless system need to be within a certain distance of other devices and the control panel in order to maintain the connectivity. With wired fire alarms, this isn t a problem. Spare parts are easier to source As wired fire alarm systems are more common, replacement parts are easier to source.

Benefits of a wireless fire alarm system They re more aesthetic By choosing a wireless fire alarm system, you won t have any unsightly cabling and wires affecting the appearance of your building. Nor will you need the disruption of drilling holes in your walls and ceilings for the installation of wires. They re quicker and cheaper to install Because there s no wiring, you don t need to pay for metres and metres of cabling or the man hours to install it. This is offset against the more expensive cost of individual devices. There s no risk of cabling being damage If the cabling of a wired system is damaged, this affects the system. This isn t a concern for wireless systems where there is no cabling in place. Less interruption Because wireless fire alarm systems take less time to install and update, there s less disruption to your business. They re more flexible Wireless devices can be easily disconnected and removed for maintenance work, or to accommodate permanent changes to your building. If a device is in need of updating, it s easy to replace an old model with a new one, making it simpler to maintain the integrity of your system.

Of course, both systems have their different benefits and which one you choose depends on the type of building you have and what features are important or not to you. Wireless systems tend to be more favourable in buildings where appearance matters, such as listed and historical buildings, whereas wired systems are suitable for new build premises or smaller premises where a lot of cabling isn t needed. For more information on the different types of fire alarms available, browse our Fire Alarms on our website or download our free Fire Alarm Buyers Guide. Free download covering legal requirements for responsible persons under the FSO, courtesy of the IOSH, BIFM and USHA approved UK provider of health, safety and environmental information. Key features: A full breakdown of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 The key actions when dealing with fire precautions & protection A complete guide to maintaining procedures and requirements within your organisation.

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LILIN’s IPD-2220ES: a 2 MP HD IP low profile camera for end users The IPD-2220ES is a 2 MP/1080P HD IP internal low profile camera for end users that compliments LILIN s established iMEGAPRO II range. Equipped with a 4.3 mm lens, the IPD-2220ES is capable of streaming HD video at up to 30 frames per second. Measuring just 105 mm in diameter, it provides a small and discreet HD IP solution for end users.

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