Insurance Europe publishes international guidelines for the planning and installation of gas extinguishing systems
The VdS guidelines VdS 2093, VdS 2380 and VdS 2381 served as a basis.
The European association Insurance Europe (IE) has issued three new guidelines for the planning and installation of gas extinguishing systems. These were drawn up on the basis of three current, practically oriented VdS guidelines:
The IE standard CEA 4007:2018-03 “CO2 Fire Extinguishing Systems – Planning and installation” is based on the guideline VdS 2093 “CO2 Fire Extinguishing Systems, Planning and Installation”; the IE standard CEA 4008:2018-03 “Gas Extinguishing Systems Using Non-liquefied Inert Gases – Planning and Installation” on the guideline VdS 2380 “Fire Extinguishing Systems using non-liquefied Inert Gases, Planning and Installation”; and the IE standard CEA 4045: 2018-03 “Gas Extinguishing Systems Using Halocarbon Gases – Planning and Installation” on the guideline VdS 2381 “Fire Extinguishing Systems using Halocarbon Gases, Planning and Installation.”
Furthermore, all guidelines include the VdS guideline VdS 3518 on safety and health protection. The background: There are currently no internationally uniform standards for safety and health protection, and in some European countries appropriate regulations are lacking entirely. With the introduction of the CEA standards, the requirements defined in the VdS guideline VdS 3518 can now be applied throughout Europe.
The guidelines from Insurance Europe and the VdS guidelines are available at www.vds-shop.de/en
Drawn up by an international group of experts
The IE standards were drawn up by an international group of experts, consisting among others of representatives from Insurance Europe and the European industrial federation Eurofeu. The chair of the group of experts, Heike Siefkes from VdS, was very satisfied with the cooperation: “The work in the team was extremely constructive, and the contribution of the industry was also very helpful. Only in this way could we succeed in revising the previous, now outdated IE standards from this topic area within the space of only two years.”
Special risks taken into consideration
The new guidelines include protection concepts for the planning and installation of gas extinguishing systems for special applications. Special measures are necessary, for instance, to ensure the homogeneous distribution of the gas in IT server rooms (cooling and exhaust) or in kitchen protection units – in the latter case, hot fats for example present a challenge. Special conditions also apply to processing machinery such as painting units, since these systems are not installed within enclosed spaces and the extinguishing gas must be directed to precisely the location where a fire can occur.