Controlled Environment Fire Prevention: Using Oxygen Reduction Technology in the U.S. White Paper
The concept of using oxygen reduction technology for fire prevention had already been successfully implemented in Europe for a number of years. Would similar systems be applicable or feasible in North America? To help address that question, the IACSC-IARW Construction/Codes Committee formed a subcommittee with the following mission:
- Become informed on this alternative fire protection concept and learn how it works;
- determine the viability of utilizing the concept in the USA and identify the obstacles, if any, for implementation;
- and analyze the costs involved in comparison to the traditional fire sprinkler system generally required by building codes.
IACSC and IARW would like to acknowledge and thank the following members who contributed to and led the development of this white paper: Donald Wiginton, CEO of Wiginton Fire Systems; Jim Romine, Senior Director, Engineering, Lineage; Scott Griffin, President, Griffco Design Build, Inc.; and Darrin Sealover, Vice President of Graycor Construction. The associations would like to also thank René Baartmans with B-Built BV, a design/build firm based in the Netherlands; Gary Koltiar of Fire Pass Corporation of Germany; and Peter Clauss of Wagner Group, GmbH for their guidance and contributions to the white paper.