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Water Mist vs Traditional Sprinkler systems

Water Mist vs Traditional Sprinkler systems

Today’s blog looks back at a building project that gave us an unexpected outcome. Bespoke worked on a renovation with a client who had designed a beautiful utility room for their home, with carefully detailed perfection. This was elegance and sophistication personified, with every detail considered.

During the build, it quickly became clear that the sprinkler system water tank that was originally planned had a heavy ‘commercial’ look that wasn’t the high end, streamlined unit the client was hoping for. This gave us the chance to consider something completely different to find a great solution for our customer.  Obstacles like this always present a challenge during a construction project, but they are also invaluable as they broaden Bespoke’s own knowledge and experience.

The concept we hit upon? Water Mist systems! This is a new and exciting area for Bespoke – as a building company with many years in the trade, we’re excited to start working with Water Mist systems because without a doubt, this will be the best way forward in protecting not only commercial properties but also our own dream homes.

The advantages of a Mist system are simple – they reduce the risk of fire spreading to other areas and greatly lessen the amount of water damage to your property. They’re also much more aesthetically pleasing than a traditional sprinkler system, which can be awkward to install and can look somewhat clumsy in an otherwise premium building.

 

Principles of the Water Mist System

So how does it work? Essentially, a Water Mist system controls and suppresses a fire by cooling the temperature and creating a wet surface.  The system produces very small water droplets over a large surface area, meaning that the all-important speed of the cooling effect of the water is greatly increased.

As the water uses the thermal energy from the fire source to heat up, it changes from a liquid into a gaseous phase, displacing oxygen from the location of the fire.   The amount of displaced oxygen remains local to the fire source and does not affect the tenability of the protected area.

Once the water is discharged, the light droplets remain airborne for longer and retain a volume of mist in the protected area. This aids in surface wetting of the surrounding materials and assists in preventing the spread of the fire.  The cooling effect of the mist reduces the ambient temperature of the room and helps to reduce the production of flammable vapours, helping to prevent flashovers.

As well as the clear safety advantages, there are many other reasons to consider a Water Mist system. There are no heavy, large and intrusive tanks to deal with, and you don’t have to worry about awkward long runs of pipe work.  The installation of a Mist system is much simpler than a traditional sprinkler system, and has the added benefit of being typically much lower in cost. From the design stages right through to installation and ongoing maintenance and running costs, you’ll usually find that a Mist system is more cost effective.

To summarise, Mist systems are invisible, intelligent and intuitive systems which continue to grow in popularity. In our opinion they are the way to go – as well as the safety considerations, if you’re after a high end, premium finish to your dream build, we at Bespoke also think you’ll prefer the final look versus a traditional sprinkler system.

Get in touch with Bespoke to speak more about your self-build; we specialise in designing and building eco homes and luxury barn conversions.