Fire Sprinkler Systems
A century of experience in fire sprinkler systems
Automatic fire sprinkler systems (also known as a wet pipe systems are widely regarded as the most effective method of controlling fires caused by a broad range of hazards. With a century of proven experience, Wormald offers end-to-end sprinkler systems to protect your people, business and assets.
Wormald’s nationwide team of experts, total commitment to compliance with Australian Standard AS2118 and International Standard NFPA 13 and disciplined Quality Management Systems (QMS), give you the peace of mind that comes with dealing with an industry leader.
Sprinkler systems can automatically detect a fire, transmit an alarm and control the fire. This can be the difference between a minor accident and a major business shutdown. Led by professional project managers, Wormald’s engineers design, install and commission reliable, cost-effective sprinkler systems by carefully analysing your buildings and facilities in terms of occupancy, operation and fire risk. Our financial stability, backed with our corporate resources gives us the advantage to be able to deliver the best possible fire safety solutions required.
As part of Tyco International, Wormald has access to Tyco Fire Suppression & Building Products (TFSBP); a world leader in research and development in sprinkler technology and fire sprinkler products. Wormald utilises TFSBP equipment to tailor fire sprinkler solutions to help meet your building and legal requirements.
From specialised industrial warehouses and storage facilities through to residential buildings, high rise commercial towers, shopping centres, hospitals, hotels, libraries and more, Wormald has got you covered.
Installation of Sprinkler Systems
Fully automatic fire sprinkler systems are widely regarded as the most effective method of controlling a fire.
Wormald designs, installs and commissions reliable, cost-effective sprinkler systems by carefully analysing a building and its contents in terms of occupancy, operation and fire risk.
These systems are engineered to comply with the relevant New Zealand and international standards, using the latest in fire protection technology.
Sprinkler systems automatically detect a fire, transmit an alarm and control or extinguish the fire. They are located in places where people cannot always be present and operate only as needed in the immediate vicinity of the fire.
They have important life safety connotations, and can prevent fires from reaching destructive proportions, which may mean the difference between a minor interruption and a prolonged permanent shutdown.
Automatic fire sprinklers provide a significant level of protection for the occupants of a building together with protection of the environment by minimising the effects that a major structural fire could have. Sprinklers also safeguard against loss of product, equipment and building contents in general as well as minimising disruption to normal operations.
How Sprinkler Systems Work
A typical sprinkler system consists essentially of a piping network, connected to a permanent water supply and control valves feeding automatic sprinklers spaced regularly throughout the protected premises, incorporating local and fire department service alarms.
Convected heat from a fire causes operation of one or more thermally sensitive sprinklers, thereby permitting water to be discharged directly over the fire affected area.
Sprinkler System Design
Each sprinkler system is custom designed to ensure that:
- The occupancy of the risk to be protected is identified according to the amount and combustibility of contents, and the likely fire intensity - in order to determine the volume of water discharge necessary for fire control.
- The water distribution system (i.e. the pipework arrangement) is designed so that it is capable of discharging water to any part of the area at the specific discharge volume applicable to the occupancy class involved.
- The water supply is capable of providing the required dischange at minimum pressures for minimum durations.
Based on sprinkler performance records that the majority of occupancies fall into four groups, namely:
- Extra Light Hazard - Non industrial where amount and combustibility of contents is low. Examples include most office buildings, schools and smaller occupancies.
- Ordinary Hazards - Processing and handling of mainly ordinary combustible materials unlikely to develop intensely burning fires in the initial stages. Examples include most manufacturing occupancies and rental complexes.
- Extra High Hazards - Goods storage with abnormal fire loads likely to produce exceptionally intense fires with high rates of heat release and with high storage heights. Examples include most warehouse occupancies.
- Process Hazards – Extra hazardous, when rapidly and intensely burning fires are likely to develop. Examples include flamable liquid manufacturing and processing mills.
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