Room Integrity Testing

Room Integrity Testing

Room integrity testing is one of the most important aspects of any fire suppression system. If a protected enclosure has a suppression system, the agent that is discharged into the enclosure has to be able to remain there for a minimum period of 10 minutes, from the initial activation of the fire alarm or alert.

A fire suppression system can provide adequate cover and function correctly if the room is adequately sealed. A room that is insufficiently sealed may allow the suppression agent that has been discharged into the room to escape too quickly, prior to fully extinguishing the fire which may result in massive damage to your major asset.

Room Integrity Test with Blower Door

The performance of any protected room and fire suppression system can only be guaranteed when serviced regularly through a professional maintenance routine. APT always recommend that room integrity testing is made part of an annual service and maintenance package, to ensure that on discharge, the suppression agent achieves and maintains the correct concentration, at the appropriate height for minimum required timeframe.

In many instances although the room may be quite air tight, the enclosure may fail as the distance from the structural height (the ceiling) of the enclosure may be very close to the top of the protected height – the top of the server racks. When designing a protected enclosure it is always best to allow plenty of distance between the top of the protected height and the ceiling as this should result in more retention time, as long as your enclosure is sufficiently airtight. In ISO 15004, it clearly states that an enclosure must be integrity tested annually when protected by a gaseous fire suppression system and/or alternatively when alterations are made to the structure of the enclosure such as the introduction of new cable or mechanical runs.

At APT we provide room integrity testing for a wide variety of types and manufacturers of fire suppression systems, whether it is part of a system installation or annual inspection or intermediate post work testing.  Our engineers use the latest high powered fan technology to test all types and sizes of enclosure from small server rooms to large data centres. If your enclosure fails the room integrity test we can undertake a smoke survey and produce a detailed report to highlight the air leakage paths, this allows your site operatives to accurately seal the areas of air leakage.

It is a requirement that a room Integrity Test is carried out at the time of the fire suppression installation. It is also a recommendation that a room Integrity Test is carried out on an annual basis as part of the routine maintenance schedule. This test is designed to ensure that an extinguishing concentration is held for a sufficient time (normally 10 minutes) to prevent re-ignition in the event of a fire.

The Door blower fan” Room Integrity Testing methodology provides a means of predicting the retention time without the need to release the extinguishing gas. The blower door fan test methodology is in accordance with the general requirements specified in BS 5306, BS:ISO 14520, NFPA 12A, NFPA 2001 and the BFPSA Code of Practice for Gaseous Extinguishing Systems. Small pressure differentials between the enclosure and surrounding areas by locating the fan equipment is in the data centre doorway. Pressure and depressor airflow measurements are taken, from which the leakage characteristics of the enclosure are established. The predicted retention time is calculated from these leakage characteristics and the enclosure and extinguishing system data.

Detailed studies have revealed that the predominant cause of failure of gaseous extinguishing systems is inadequate room sealing, which is usually down to excessive air leakage paths through the building envelope. It is also found that room integrity performance reduces with time; this is usually due to ongoing modifications to the envelope to accommodate extra mechanical and electrical installations such as data cabling etc.

Due to the potential issues associated with fire damage, it is essential that your main asset can contain the gas suppressant for as long as possible to prevent the fire reigniting. To enable this it is important to ensure that good room integrity is established at the end of the enclosures construction and maintained throughout the life cycle of the enclosure.

It is with noting that the annual integrity inspection and testing are also required by the BFPSA and are routine practice at most major commercial institutions such as banks and data storage companies. The benefits of ensuring good room integrity are recognised by insurers and regulatory authorities, who frequently insist on such testing.

For further information on our room integrity testing services, please contact our technical manager on 07775623464; or email us at

The Beautiful Shutter Company

Plantation Shutters from Beautiful Shutter Company
If you are looking for a unique and practical way to really make the most of your windows and still maintain your privacy take a look at some of the attractive, good quality plantation shutter designs available at the beautiful Shutter Company. With a wide range of styles, colours and materials available you can be sure that they will be able to provide you will an individual plantation shutter design that will complement the rest of your interior decor perfectly.

Plantation shutters are an excellent idea for homes and businesses alike as they not only add a touch of class to any room they also help to protect against the elements and make you property more secure. With options ranging from full length solid style shutters to half sized cafe style designs no matter what kind of style you are hoping to create within your room you can be sure that at the Beautiful Shutter Company you will find the ideal plantation blind to help you finish the look.

With the option to adjust the louvres, or even open them up completely, plantation shutters really are a really flexible choice that allow you to easily control how much or how little light can enter your room helping you to stay cooler in the summer, and also warmer in the winter as they will help your room to retain more heat. As they are easy to clean and created using long lasing high quality materials you can be sure that no matter what type of plantation blinds you may decide on in the end they will be a really worthwhile investment that you will be able to make use of for years to come.

The Beautiful Shutter Company
So why not take a look at some of the really stylish designs available at the Beautiful Shutter Company? With a made to measure service and some really individual additional features available, such as waterproof shutters and on track style designs for larger areas you can be certain that no matter how grand your design plans may be they will have the skills and expertise required to help you achieve them.

The Beautiful Shutter Company brings a wealth of experience to the window dressing industry and is committed to providing homeowners with the perfect set of high-quality plantation shutters for any home. To learn more about our wide selection of shutters or to book an appointment, call us today on 01642 688049 or visit the Beautiful Shutter Company website.

Outgrown your Current Workspace

Outgrown your Current Workspace
If your company has begun to outgrow its current workspace, or if you’re looking to relocate but can’t find a suitable premises in the right location, considering an office refurbishment may be the perfect solution.

With the help of companies, such as Commercial and Industrial Interiors Ltd, you can have a workspace created for your company, designed around your daily needs, to help improve work/office mentality and to help improve productivity, whilst giving your clients the best first impression of your business as they walk through the door.

Office refurbishments can range in complexity, from simple additions of partitions to separate your workspace, to complete rip-outs and installations of new: offices, tea points, meeting rooms, etc, and companies like Commercial and Industrial Interiors Ltd can do this for you. At CI Interiors they manage the entire project on your behalf, providing detailed AutoCAD drawings, following the project right up to completion, and awaiting your seal of approval.

Introducing mezzanine floors, partitions, or even raised access flooring can help create more space to maximise the footprint available. As CI Interiors use demountable partitioning it means your partitions are reusable, so you can take them with you if you decide you’re leaving your premises; and demountable also means tax deductible, so your budget becomes much more comfortable for whatever project you may have in mind to transform your space.

With expert knowledge and a huge portfolio of office refurbishments, at CI Interiors they will create the perfect design for your needs. They manage the entire project, organising the electrical elements, plumbing, air conditioning, flooring, ceilings, glass-work; you name it, CI Interiors will organise it. With a wide range of office refurbishment services available, they can offer help to any business. They have fantastic customer testimonials and a really good reputation for getting the job done properly.

Whether you want to create extra storage, new office space or even a staff rest area at CI Interiors they will be happy to come and take a look at your existing building and discuss the various options available to you, when you have settled on a design that you are completely happy with they will ensure all the work is carried out with the minimum of disruption to the rest of your business.

So if you need extra workspace for your business why not consider getting in touch with CI Interiors, the real experts in mezzanine flooring and see what they can do to help you? With an excellent range of available options in all areas of office refurbishment services you can be certain that they will be able to help you find a sensible solution to any space issues you may have within your workplace.

Commercial & Industrial Interiors are a North East company, who are specialists in the field of internal office building and construction, demountable office partitioning, materials handling and storage systems. If you would like more information then please call 01661 836 304 or visit the CI Interiors website today.

Online Health and Safety Accreditation Services

Online Health and Safety Accreditation Services

Being able to prove that your company puts health and safety as a high priority across all working practices is an ideal way to give a really good impression to prospective clients, so achieving a nationally recognised accreditation such as CHAS registration could be a really good idea if you want to help your company take the next step.  Across many industries it is a legal requirement to have reasonable working practices in place to ensure health and safety standards are maintained, so achieving CHAS registration is also a really good way to make sure that your company is complying with all relevant legal obligations.

Although at first glance achieving CHAS accreditation can seem complicated and time consuming especially if you have no experience, but by using an online health and safety accreditation service such as beAccredited it can more straight forward than you may expect.  With an easy to access service on offer and a simple to use website that give you all the information that you need to make sure that you will be able to achieve your CHAS accreditation they will be able to help you get the whole process completed with the minimum of disruption to the work your business undertakes.

If you need any further information or help to make sure that you have all the documentation required to complete the CHAS registration process at beAccredited they will be able to offer you all the assistance you may need, and if you are concerned about any training gaps within your work force beAccredited will be able to help you identify them and find ways to help you develop strategies to combat them.  So you will be able to complete your CHAS registration with all the support you may need at every stage.

As they help many companies across a wide range of industries get the health and safety certification they need every day by using the services available at beAccredited you will be able to benefit from the expertise and knowledge that they have and save time and effort researching and looking for information.  Even if you work within an industry that requires specific guidelines or are a small business just starting out and need a little extra help at beAccredited that will be more than happy to make sure that you achieve the CHAS registration you require to help your business get to where you want it to be.

There are a wide range of benefits to businesses that hold CHAS registration along with being able to offer tender for a wider range of jobs you will also find that you will reduce the amount of administration time required for jobs as well, which will be a massive advantage as your workload starts to increase!  So why don’t you take a look at how beAccredited can help you achieve CHAS accreditation easily online today?  With a reasonable price scale that is tiered according to the size of your busy, a simple to use online service and an excellent range of health and safety accreditation programmes on offer no matter what industry you work within you can be certain that you won’t be disappointed. So if you are hoping to make the next move in your career and feel like trying something new why not take a look at some of the services offered by specialist recruitment agencies and see what senior and middle management posts they have available?

So if you are interested in obtaining health and safety accreditation for your business and would like to find out more about beAccredited and the services they offer to help companies achieve CHAS registration and other relevant certification why not get in touch and see what they can do for you?  With a wide range of health and safety accreditation courses available you are certain to find something that is perfect for the industry you work within, and with a great reputation built from many positive previous customer testimonials you can be sure that they will be able to help you achieve excellent results.

With a flexible and easy to access online service, very competitive fees and an expert knowledge in health and safety accreditation including CHAS registration across a range of industries at beAccredited they are always more than happy to hear from businesses, regardless of their size or the type of work they carry out and have all the knowledge required to make sure that you get the accreditation that is most suited to your company.
They have helped 100s of businesses across the country by making the health and safety accreditation process hassle free, easy, convenient and reliable, allowing you to focus on the projects at hand. Visit their Health & Safety Consultancy services website to find out more about how they can help your business or call beAccredited today on 0845 2722350.

Update Your Central Heating Now with Arktek Heating

Update Your Central Heating Now with Arktek Heating

As the colder weather starts approaching you may be considering how well your gas central heating boiler is likely perform this winter or if its even going to last the whole season so it may be a good idea to think about having your existing combi boiler serviced or perhaps replaced now to help avoid any nasty surprises when the cold weather really sets in. So if your boiler isn’t performing as efficiently as it used to, or has begun to cost more to run you getting a professional company like Arktek Heating Services to take a look at it for you now is a really good idea so you can spot and resolve any potential problems and reduce the risk of your heating letting you down when you really need it.

At Arktek they will be able to take a look at your exiting boiler and let you know if they are able to get it running at its optimum power for you again or it getting a boiler replacement will be the more sensible solution and with an excellent range of gas central heating boilers on offer they will be able to help you find one that is perfectly suited to your home and your budget. With a friendly and reliable team of professional central heating engineers on hand to offer you any information and advice that you may need at Arktek they are happy to do everything they can to help you make sure that your home stays warm all winter so they offer an excellent range of services to their customers including emergency repairs, servicing and boiler replacements.

With an wide range of gas boiler replacements on offer from top brands including Baxi, Worcester Bosh Group and Ideal you can be sure that any boiler you choose to get installed by Arktek will be made to the highest possible standards and meet all safety regulations, and you can be certain that their fully qualified and reliable team will make sure that your new combi boiler will be fitted with a reasonable time frame and with the minimum disruption to you and the rest of your family. All new boilers come with a full warranty and Arktek will able to make sure that any necessary services and repairs are carried out to the highest possible standard.

Getting a replacement gas central heating boiler is an ideal way to add value to your home as well as improving your quality of life and with many models available at Arktek featuring the latest energy efficiency features you may find that your new combi boiler could be a really worthwhile investment. Having good heating and ventilation within your home will not only help keep you and your family warm and cosy it will also help prevent problems like damp and mould occurring which could affect not only the condition of your property but your health as well.

So if you have concerns about how well your boiler will perform this winter or have decided you want to get a new combi boiler installed why not get in touch with Arktek to find out more about the services and products that they have on offer. With many affordable options available, excellent customer testimonials and an excellent range of some of the most modern boilers on the market available why not give them a call or go online to get a free quote? You can be certain that you won’t be disappointed with the service you receive.

For further information about the range of replacement gas boilers available or the landlord emergency repair and maintenance services, please call 0191 516 6911 or visit our heating & plumbing services website. We will be in touch with you as soon as possible

Clothing Alteration and Repair Service

Easy Stich Clothing Alteration and Repair Service

If you are looking for a reliable clothing alteration service in Newcastle it’s definitely worth giving Easy Stitch a try, with many years’ experience helping customers in Newcastle and the North East you can be sure that they will be able to help you with all your tailoring requirements.




Knowing where to find a reliable tailoring and clothing alteration and repair service can be incredibly useful if you find it hard to get clothes that fit you properly as it can save you hours of time trailing round the shops or searching online for one outfit that fits. It is also really helpful and time efficient service if you need to get a few sewing jobs done, being able to have jeans, jackets and handbags repaired is far cheaper than replacing things from new every time and also means you will be able to get far more wear from your favourite items or if you need to sew name tags into clothing or add a lot of badges to a uniform being able to drop it all in to Easy Stitch is so much more convenient.

Many of us find that we struggle to get certain items of clothing that flatter our figures properly so being able to have thing altered quickly is ideal if you need to be sure that outfit looks absolutely perfect for a big event or occasion or as a more convenient and cost effective method of shopping for new clothes regularly as you will be able to take advantage of far more sales and offers if you aren’t constantly limited by what clothing you can find within a particular range.

With a wide range of services on offer no matter what adjustments you may need to your clothing at Easy Stitch one of their expert seamstresses will be able to get the job done to the highest possible standard within the agreed timeframe, whether you need to have alterations made to your clothes regularly or just want some one-off repairs carried out at Easy Stitch they aim to ensure that every customer receives a top quality service and that the job is carried out according to their specifications exactly.

With many different services available including alterations to waistbands, trouser and skirt lengths, tapering and taking in of trousers and dresses, repairs to almost clothing, sewing on buttons badges and other emblems and adjustments to children’s clothes including school uniform and household items such as curtains you can be certain that no matter tailoring help you may require the team at Easy Stitch have all the skills and expertise required to carry out almost any sewing task. If you require any additional help or advice or simply don’t know if a job is even going to be possible the friendly staff at Easy Stitch are always happy to let you make use of the private fitting room so they can help you to decide what work needs to be done and you can be sure that you clothes will fit you perfectly.

No matter what repair or tailoring help you need why not get in touch with Easy Stitch? With excellent customer testimonials, a friendly and flexible service and a professional team of expert seamstresses you can be certain that they will do everything they can to offer you a top quality service every time. For more information call 01661 820 700 or visit the Easy Stitch website today.