Automist uses a high pressure pump to generate a fine water mist from nozzles mounted under a standard tap and provides residential fire life protection. The innovative system can also be mounted stand alone on a work top or even a wall. Building control was very happy with this alternative and the quotation was very acceptable to the client. The whole project was much more affordable and less disruptive than fitting sprinklers which would have entailed construction costs and consequent time delays. Additional considerations were that Automist uses significantly less water than traditional sprinklers minimising runoff and consequential water damage and sprinklers would drench the property disturbing the lives of the students.
Automist is ideal for student accommodation, as it makes open plan living possible and, as in this case, for use where a bedroom escape route is through a kitchen or high hazard area. In addition, the client was able to benefit from the quicker installation compared to sprinklers and was able to save valuable space, as sprinklers usually require water storage tanks or the upgrading of water mains.
Automist was installed in September 2014 and the client was very happy with it as an alternative option. Sheila would have no hesitation in using Automist in Westmanor’s other accommodation blocks where an open plan design is desirable.