The largest class of inquiries at Plumis this year so far has been from architects and independent inspectors who see Automist as a non-disruptive and cheap home sprinkler system which can address concerns over the fire safety of proposed dwelling layouts. Approved Document B allows the use of innovative fire suppression devices as long as they have been tested and shown to be efficacious by a reputable laboratory such as BRE Global.
Interest has been broad, from student accommodation to general social housing, with perhaps a slight emphasis on homes for people who may not be able to effect a quick escape in the event of a fire. It has been specified as a cost effective solution to a series of issues with fire building regulations:
- Flash-over avoidance on ground floors for loft conversion fire building regulations.
- Open plan kitchen fire suppression to facilitate effective means of escape after a refurbishment.
- Elective safety improvement in care home and sheltered accommodation for the vulnerable or high risk tenants.
- Compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order and/or the Disability Discrimination Act.
You can also obtain comments on a specific layout by submitting it to Plumis' technical team.