news from BRE

published: 18/5/2012

LPCB raises the confidence in performance of watermist systems

LPCB has issued a new Loss Prevention Standard (LPS 1283 - Requirements and test methods for the certification of watermist systems for use in commercial low hazard occupancies) to support the increasing use of watermist technology in fire suppression applications for low hazard commercial occupancies.

Watermist has the potential to be a highly efficient method of fire protection but as with the introduction of all new technologies, standards and third party approvals are required to ensure robust systems with clear limits of application are available to the market.

LPS 1283 evaluates the operational performance of a watermist system and its’ components including an assessment of the fire performance of the system using fire tests based on DD 8489 Part 7 (Fixed Fire Protection Systems – Industrial and Commercial Watermist Systems Part 7: Tests and requirements for watermist systems for the protection of low hazard occupancies). The scheme also employs a methodology for defining the scope of each application and specifies appropriate limits of use.

Sarah Colwell, Head of Suppression at BRE Global said: “LPS 1283 expands and builds on the protocols in DD 8489 by specifying additional fire, component and system tests to broaden the field of application of the results and to increase confidence in the market that the system and components have been robustly assessed and will provide the market with reliable and effective fire protection systems.”

By specifying LPS1283 for watermist systems, end users will have confidence that the approved system has meet the component, system and fire performance requirements of the scheme and has a clearly defined field of application.

Approval (or certification as it is known) by an independent third party such as LPCB provides reassurance that a product or service meets the appropriate standard and through regular Factory Production Control (FPC) audits ensures that the product or service continues to meet the requirements of the standard.

All LPCB approved products are listed in the Red Book online at www.redbooklive.com.


Notes for Editors

BRE Global Limited (incorporating LPCB & BREEAM) is an independent third party approvals body offering certification of fire, security and sustainability products and services to an international market.

BRE Global Limited is custodian of the brands:

- LPCB for the approval of fire and security products and services, listed in the Red Book

- BREEAM the world's leading environmental assessment method for buildings, sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and has become the

de-facto measure of a building's environmental performance.

- BRE Global Ltd (incorporating LPCB) is a Notified Body (0832) under the Construction Products Directive.

BRE Global’s is part of the BRE Group under the BRE Trust, the registered research and education charity. For further information please contact: BRE Global, Garston, Watford, WD25 9XX, Tel: 01923 664100, Fax: 01923 664910, Email: enquiries@breglobal.com or visit www.breglobal.com