Commercial fire sprinkler systems

A European Standard for commercial fire sprinkler systems has been published, giving copper a vital role to play in combatting fires in buildings. The BSI standard EN 12845, which describes design and installation criteria for fire sprinkler systems, covers sprinkler systems for schools, museums, restaurants, hospitals, hotels, offices, dairies, bakeries and breweries.

Designers and installers can make full use of the attributes of copper tubes and fittings in their sprinkler system designs.  The smooth bore, corrosion resistance, light weight and ease of fabrication, bending and jointing, make copper an excellent pipe material to work with.  Copper fittings are also widely available to the appropriate standard, BS EN 1254 Part 1, offering the added benefits of straightforward capillary jointing, as required by the fire sprinkler standard.

Copper has played an effective role in recent years, protecting both life and property in domestic and residential fire sprinkler systems designed in accordance with the BSI Standard BS 9251.

EN 12845 now sits alongside BS 9251 as standards that can make buildings safer places in which to live and work.

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