Heritage-protected buildings are important witnesses to our history. In ensuring their fire safety, it is important not to alter the original appearance of the object, while, at the same, providing it with state-of-the-art protection. The comprehensive fire protection offered by Callies HPWM systems compensates for structural peculiarities while taking into account the building’s current use and its ensuing demands.
Inconspicuous Fire-Safety Systems
One example is the old indoor pool in Heidelberg, Germany, which ceased being used for swimming in the 1980s and, after several years of vacancy, is now used as a market hall, event dining venue, supermarket for “organic” food, cosmetics center, hotel, and tax accountancy, along with the corresponding underground parking facilities. Needless to say, provisions to safeguard existing standards did not apply to this building, which is more than a hundred years old and has been thoroughly converted.
It is all the more pleasant to see how this building shines in new splendor, while safety-related technology has inconspicuously blended into the background. Thanks to extremely small pipe diameters, a compact central control, and a smooth combination of wet-pipe and dry-pipe systems, a single system is able to secure large glass surfaces against flashover to adjacent floors, commercial kitchens, underground garages, and shop floors. The coordination of the two different fire-alarm systems used in this spacious complex was no problem for Callies controls. Fire alarms are handed over to the different systems by section, and their fire-extinguishing commands are processed.
State-of-the-Art Fire-Extinguishing Technology in Historical Buildings
The thoroughly renovated Kulturbahnhof in Bad Homburg, Germany, is another excellent example for state-of-the-art fire-extinguishing technology being employed to protect precious historical buildings.