Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2016 Product of the Year Finalists
Fire, life safety, mass notification
Read about the five finalists in the Fire, Life Safety, Mass Notification category for the Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2016 Product of the Year program.
Fire, fire/smoke dampers
Greenheck's DFD, FD, and FSD series fire and combination fire/smoke dampers are approved for installation in horizontal, non-concrete, fire-rated barriers. These dampers can be specified for use in UL floor/ceiling design I503, which is a 2-hour fire-rated floor/ceiling assembly made from steel studs and gypsum board. This unique installation method greatly simplifies the difficult task of protecting duct penetrations at the top and bottom of fire-rated building shafts. Installing Greenheck's DFD, FD, and FSD series dampers in a horizontal non-concrete barrier results in more usable space for the owner, more flexibility for the design professional, and greatly reduced installation time for contractors.
Aspirating smoke detectors
FAAST XS aspirating smoke detectors enable users to better serve the needs of small data centers, environmentally challenging spaces like manufacturing or process plants, or any area within a facility where standard spot smoke detectors are subject to nuisance alarm conditions. This smaller FAAST unit covers up to 5,000 sq ft and delivers all the features of FAAST, such as the ability to be configured for very early warning, early warning, and standard fire protection. Other features include programming flexibility, multi-alarm levels and two sensitivity modes, ultrasonic flow sensing for pipe and chamber airflow measurements, early notification of pipe network trouble conditions, and built-in email event notification to appropriate personnel.
The FireLock NXT Series 768N Dry Valve provides simplified setup and design, ensuring ease of maintenance and speed of installation with a more intuitive trim layout. Designed for the fire protection industry, the idea behind the redesign was to make the valves more intuitive for the average fitter who may or may not have used the products before. The actuator was moved to the front, making it more accessible, and put the priming manifold down on the right-hand side, in an area that is easy to reach from the front. Sprinkler fitters are going to know what they have to do by simply looking at it, reducing guesswork.
Fire protection fittings
Viega's PEX Press fittings for fire protection applications include two sizes, ¾ in. and 1 in., and in four configurations: straight adapters, elbows, tees, and wall tees. Viega offers an innovative and versatile installation mounting bracket that can be used with all sprinkler pendent styles and every sprinkler configuration, eliminating the guesswork behind properly aligning the sprinkler pendent. The unique new wall-tee fitting does not require a bracket and is designed to efficiently feed back-to-back rooms with one supply line and one fitting. The Viega PEX Press fittings and installation bracket for fire protection applications are cost effective and time efficient for installers.
Addressable aspirating smoke detector
The VESDA-E VEA series of detectors combine VESDA reliability and early warning smoke detection with pinpoint addressability and a variety of annunciation options that truly surpass traditional spot detectors. They use patented air-sampling points and multichannel microbore air-sampling with enhanced or standard alarm sensitivity setting for the sampling points. As a multichannel addressable system, the VEA detector is able to divide a protected space into sampling locations, enabling the localization of a fire for faster incident response. The detectors are suitable for protection of areas where pinpoint location of fire events is essential, thus providing ideal fire-detection solutions for various building types including offices, hospitals, and multistory dwellings.