Jet Cox provides smoke ventilation at Egger

One of Europe’s most technologically advanced chipboard manufacturing plants has specified Smoke Heating Exhaust Ventilation (SHEV) systems from Jet Cox to fulfil its stringent Fire Safety requirements.

Egger supplies a range of laminate and wood-based panels for the hospitality, retail and furniture industries, along with tongue & groove flooring for the building market. It purchased the first premises outside of its native Austria, in Hexham, Northumberland in 1984, which at the time, was the first chipboard manufacturing plant in the UK. In 2007, Egger embarked on the expansion and modernisation of the plant, with a series of investments ensuring the plant became a forerunner within its industry.

The Jet Group in Germany have a long and successful relationship with Egger and as part of the ongoing investment, Jet Cox were invited to work with Main Contractor Borgel, on the development of the Fire Strategy at the UK plant.

Jet Cox designed, supplied and installed a comprehensive SHEV solution, combining a sprinkler system with 28 Jet-Vario-Norm Polycarbonate Pneumatic Rooflights. The units are thermally controlled with wind and rain sensors, offering full automation in the event of fire as well as providing day-to-day natural ventilation. The continuous system is one of the top selling solutions for both new build and renovation projects, presenting optimal building illumination and energy cost conservation in addition to unsurpassed fire protection.

Jonathan Parker is the Building Services Project Engineer with Egger, he comments:

“This specific rooflight system had already been used by other Egger plants around Europe, so the detailing for the M&E infrastructure and roof was tried and tested. The installation works on site went very well.”

Jet-Vario-Norm offers simple and fast assembly due to a high industrial prefabrication level, with reliable drainage and a clean, modern appearance. It is designed to European Standard BS EN 12101 for natural smoke and heat control systems and is suitable as a melt-out roof surface in accordance with DIN 18230. Long-term maintenance plans are also available, to ensure the longevity and ongoing success of the installed system.