Data Centre Fire Suppression

  • Fire suppression systems are essential in any data centre environment due to the heat produced by server room equipment
  • What is a fire suppression system & what is its purpose?
  • What data centre fire suppression systems do we offer at Workspace?

Fire suppression systems provide essential security against fire. Simply put, if an environment is incapable of breeding a fire then there will be no threat of fire damage to the facility.

Data Centre Fire Suppression SystemsToday’s server rooms and data centres, more than ever, are under enormous pressure to maintain operations. Some companies risk losing millions of pounds with one single data centre glitch. Therefore, it’s not hard to believe that in the event of a catastrophic data centre fire, a company may not only lose millions but may also go out of business.

Fire suppression systems provide essential security against fire. Simply put, if an environment is incapable of breeding a fire, then there will be no threat of fire damage to the facility. In a Network Critical Physical Infrastructure, the main goal of a fire protection system is to get the fire under control without disrupting the flow of business and without threatening the personnel inside.

The purpose of a Fire Suppression System is to:

  • Identify the presence of a fire
  • Communicate the existence of the fire to occupants and authorities
  • Contain and extinguish the fire

Workspace Technology offers the design and installation of detection measures and a range of Zero Ozone Depletion gaseous agents. Agent selection is typically based on budgets, room volume and available space.

Fire Suppression Agent Options

Gaseous Agent Atmospheric Lifetime Ozone Depletion Potential Global Warming Potential (100 Years)
Novec 1230 5 Days 0 1
IG-55 ProInert 0 0 0
IG541 0 0 0

Atmospheric Lifetime (AL) — The time a substance will remain in the atmosphere before it breaks down.

Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) — A substance’s capability to destroy ozone, known as its ozone depletion potential (ODP), is expressed relative to CFC-11 (Chloride, fluoride, Carbon mix banned in the late 70s)

Global Warming Potential (GWP) — Is the measure of how much a greenhouse gas contributes to global warming. This signifies the capability of a gas to trap heat within the atmosphere based upon its capability of absorbing infrared radiation, its lifetime in the atmosphere and what wavelengths of infrared radiation it absorbs.

VESDA® by Xtralis Systems

We also offer VESDA® systems with enhanced protection through the use of laser sampling which recognises early signs of possible combustion long before any fire suppression system would be activated.

Room Sealing Services

Workspace Technology provides a complete turnkey fire suppression system solution. We will undertake all electrical, room sealing, and building works as part of any fire suppression system deployment to ensure that the system will pass the room integrity tests.

Room Integrity Testing & Certification

Integrity tests are undertaken as part of the annual room recertification or as part of a fire suppression system commissioning to ensure accurate room percentage gas volumes. These tests also ensure that the fabric of the room can retain fire suppression system protective gases to ensure effective extinguishing.

Pressure Relief Dampers

Workspace Technology will include pressure relief vents to ensure pressures are kept within acceptable levels and suppression gas remains in the protected space for the time necessary to allow the fire to be completely extinguished.

For more information on our full range of fire suppression systems and services please contact our sales team on 0121 354 4894 or send us a message.