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Fire safety at The Flag

Two new developments in Germany, each named The Flag, provide city living space for students in Frankfurt and Munich; eight storeys, each able to hold 239 residents. Each features fire detection and alarm equipment supplied by Hochiki Europe.

One challenge that arose when specifying the life safety for the sites was their complexity. The buildings required compliance with European EN standards including EN 54 Fire Detection and Fire Alarm Systems. It was also imperative that products selected offered reliability to safeguard occupants and limit the risk of false alarms. The products had to help keep running costs down, without compromising quality. Products that offer energy efficiency were therefore essential.

Hochiki Europe’s German-based systems partner, NSC Sicherheitstechnik, provided a Solution F1 18 loop fire alarm with 800 multi sensor detectors, which offer smoke and thermal elements, and 925 base sounders.

For reducing the risk of false alarms in residences, multi sensors offer in-built intelligence. The sensors can be programmed in a way that ensures alarm conditions are reached only when smoke and heat are present at specific levels to minimise false alarms, and avoid unnecessary evacuations.

The base sounders selected for use likewise feature in-built intelligence, and have an auto shutdown feature to reduce the risk of noise pollution, a common issue in large developments such as The Flag. The base sounders offer a low current consumption to help increase energy efficiency.

Both the multi sensors and base sounders are also compatible with Hochiki Europe’s Enhanced Systems Protocol (ESP); for compliance with strict fire safety standards as required by the developers.

Frank Schade, Sales Manager at NSC Sicherheitstechnik, added: “By using these intelligent life safety solutions from Hochiki Europe, we have been given peace of mind that our premises are fully protected and compliant with international legislation.”


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