Uponor residential sprinkler at Beckomberga, Sweden, Bromma, Sweden
Uponor residential sprinkler at Beckomberga, Sweden
Beckomberga in west Stockholm is famous for its psychiatric hospital which opened in 1932 and was one of the largest in Europe in the mid 20th century, with 2,000 patients. Stockholm County Council decided to close the hospital in 1995. This culturally and historically interesting area is being converted into a residential area with townhouses, semi-detached houses and apartment buildings. There will be 800 new homes in this park-like environment.
One of the old hospital buildings in Beckomberga is being renovated and converted into a nursing home with 36 apartments and communal spaces. In accordance with the latest standards* applicable to nursing homes, residential sprinklers are being installed throughout the building. Uponor’s sprinkler system and MLC piping were selected. Uponor’s MLC sprinkler system complies with the rules of the new standards, which have doubled the requirements regarding water flow compared to the rules previously in place. Couplings are made with the Uponor 63–110 modular system for the feeding cable and MLC crimp connectors for smaller dimensions. In total, over 800 metres of MLC piping and 230 sprinkler heads will be used.
“Residential sprinklers are particularly important in nursing homes where people will likely need help to get out in case of a fire. Another advantage is that the residential environment is more pleasant without evacuation routes in the form of empty corridors,” says Sami Kallio, product manager for culverts, comfort panels and sprinklers at Uponor.
Tommy Wallin of Rosersbergs VVS & Entreprenad AB is building the sprinkler installations in the nursing home. “The MLC sprinkler system is quick to assemble. In addition, some heavy work is avoided since it is possible to connect the pipes first and then install them in the feeding strip,” says Wallin. Sami Kallio continues: “The light weight and the fact that the MLC pipe is bendable (dimension 16–32) often simplifies installation compared to a traditional sprinkler installation with steel pipes. Working time can also be shortened. The plastic material in the corrosion-free MLC pipe prevents sediment from building up inside the pipe over time, meaning that the inner dimension does not shrink or rust, Kallio concludes. The new standards for residential sprinklers were published in January 2010 and are called Fire and evacuation - Residential sprinklers - Design, installation and maintenance, SS 883001:2009.
About Uponor sprinkler systems:
• Hidden installation with high water damage safety and exchangeability
• Not affected by cooking fumes or cigarette smoke
• Integrated function
With solid experience, product know-how and specialist expertise, Uponor sets the standard for private and public projects. We work behind the scenes, but the results of our knowledge and products are encountered on a daily basis. Uponor plumbing offers functional, environmentally friendly solutions for heating, water and cooling that improve people’s quality of life. Following many years in the industry, we know that expertise and commitment are our most important assets when it comes to developing and improving our systems and our clients’ projects. As an Uponor client, you will also have access to skilful technical support, a strong local market organisation and our own centre of expertise, Uponor Academy.
Rosersbergs VVS & Entreprenad AB
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