Category Archives : Q & A : Ask the Expert


Duct Smoke Detector FAQs: You Asked, We Answered

HVAC systems can be a prime method for smoke to travel through, but duct smoke detectors help protect against the transfer of smoke and toxic gases through a building. Duct smoke detectors sample air currents in the HVAC […]


Rigorous Fire Protection Sustains Reliable Networks

When it comes to the telecommunications industry and its particular fire protection requirements, Ron Marts, a registered architect and Certified Facilities Manager, is no stranger to its unique intricacies. With more than 34 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, Ron built his career specializing in building standards, building codes, and fire protection strategies for the three major telecommunications service providers.


Evaluating Risk Level Crucial for Data Center Protection

Modern technology, capacity, and increasing data demands are just a few of the reasons data center fire protection is complex. According to Jeffrey Tubbs, PE, FSFPE (Arup Principal and Boston Fire Group Leader), Garr Di Salvo, PE, LEED AP (Arup Americas critical facilities construction and operations designer and Arup Associate Principal), and Andrew Neviackas, PE (Arup Senior Fire Protection Engineer and code consultant), the overall fire protection strategy stems from the tolerable level of risk. These consultants stress the importance of developing a comprehensive fire protection program for data centers that is appropriate to the stakeholder risk tolerance and required level of business continuity.


Amplify Messaging with Acoustics Design

Until recently, thoughtful acoustical planning has been reserved for sound systems in places like concert halls and theatres. However, according to Robert Hammond, PSP, NICET III (emergency communications system designer and principal consultant) and Ethan Salter, PE, LEED AP (acoustician and principal consultant) of Charles M. Salter Associates Inc. – a San Francisco engineering firm specializing in acoustics, audiovisual, telecommunications, security and emergency communications – the growing emphasis on emergency messaging intelligibility amplifies the role of acoustics and audibility in many types of facilities. Where they see room for improvement is in recognizing the multiple factors that impact intelligibility, and the necessity of engaging acousticians earlier in the design process.


Risk Analyses, Emergency Plans Impact ECS Design

Ray Grill, PE, FSFPE, LEED AP, knows his way around fire and life safety design, especially when it comes to integrating mass notification (MNS) and emergency communications systems (ECS) with fire systems.