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Water Mist vs Sprinklers

Modern fire suppression vs traditional:

One of our aims at IPH Mist Suppression is to offer an education as to why water mist systems are a considered solution for a residential and domestic development projects, as such we offer you our thoughts…

Architects FREE Guide

BS 9991: 2015

Fire Protection Measures

Fire Safety in the Design, Management and Use of Residential Buildings.

BS 9991 provides a level of flexibility that allows the fire protection measures and the associated risks to be assessed to enable reasonable practical solutions to be designed.

* This document has been created to provide a clearer understanding of BS 9991: 2015 and the design freedoms that can be achieved within its scope.

Next Generation

Out with the Old and in with the New

A traditional fire suppression sprinkler system has been commonly used in residential properties since ‘fire suppression’ was first considered, it’s time now for a new chapter.

A traditional fire sprinkler head is the component of a fire sprinkler system that discharges water when the effects of a fire have been detected, such as when a predetermined temperature has been exceeded.

Fire sprinklers are extensively used worldwide, with over 40 million sprinkler heads fitted each year. It is important to note this system saves countless lives and is regarded as a key fire suppression system.

However, since Water Mists’ initial stage development in the year 2000, there is now a keen interest in furthering the application of high pressure water mist technology as a credited fire protection system throughout the residential and domestic sector. 

We walk you through some of a water mists’ key beneficial areas:

  • Rapid fire suppression and control
  • Low maintenance costs
  • Low water consumption
  • Low cost reinstatement after system discharge
  • Easy to retrofit
  • Corrosion resistant components
  • Environmentally sound
  • Causes minimal damage to material possessions
  • Safe for personnel in occupied areas
  • Economical installation with premium flexible hoses
  • Smoke damage reduced


UK’s No.1 Water Mist System

Okay, so you have my attention…why should I use your water mist system rather than a traditional sprinkler system?

Doesn’t all go off at once

Despite what the movies tell you, water mist nozzles (like sprinklers) operate independently.

Only nozzles close to the heat from the fire will activate. Therefore, a fire in a living room will only activate the mist nozzles in that room.

Nozzles are discreet

Our water mist nozzles are the most discreet domestic nozzles on the market and are hardly visible. Our nozzles sit flush at just 3mm and look like a white disc.

Colour matching to an interior colour scheme is possible where required and stainless steel is also possible.

When our mist system is engineered into a project, the architect has more scope to change the use of space, which in turn changes the nature of the interior, creating unique designs.

Nozzles have a low failure rate

The odds are in excess of 1 in 16 million against accidental discharge because of a manufacturing defect and the nozzles we use are not easy to tamper with once fitted.

During manufacture, our nozzles are rigorously tested.

Activates with heat

Smoke from cooking or smokers’ materials will not activate a system.

Works differently to smoke detectors

Smoke detectors provide valuable warning time but which can alert people of smoke but does not suppress a growing fire.

Detectors must be routinely maintained and be in good working order to help save lives but can’t help those who are unable to remove themselves from the environment.

It is worrying fact that 90% of children sleep through smoke alarms. Smoke is toxic and kills. Water mist inhibits the spread of smoke and saves lives.

Ensure minimum damage

Water mist nozzles operate at the early stages of a fire and only discharge 10-20% of the amount of traditional water sprinklers. In all cases this is sufficient to completely extinguish the beginnings of a fire and in turn minimises the damage to a households material posessions.

Water mist systems also minimises damage from smoke and fire. To control a fire which has developed unabated, the fire service will be obliged to discharge far more water (100 to 200 times the volume.)

Very competitive on price

Our pricing model for the design, install and maintenance of our water mist systems are highly competitive.

If incorporated into old buildings, our flexible hoses and easy install (without the need for large water tanks) our water mist systems save remain highly comepetitive.

IPH Mist Suppression deliver further options for reducing costs on larger development projects.


Bespoke ‘Open Plan‘ Designing

Our Water Mist Fire Suppression System allows Architects to further explore modern design options:

  • Removal of the need for a secondary method of escape
  • Travel distance extension
  • Boundary distance reduction
  • Increased freedom for open planning on ground floor
  • Reduction in the compartmentalisation of fire resistance

Regard for compartmentalisation and protection of fire escape routes need not inhibit an Architects desire to create open, flexible living space.

Water Mist vs Sprinkler

An education of the high-pressure water mist technology as a credited fire protection system throughout the residential and domestic sector is here.

What are the benefits

'Open Plan' Design

Regard for compartmentalisation and protection of fire escape routes need not inhibit an Architect's or property owner's desire to create open, flexible living space.

Architect Guidebook

We Pass the Test

We meet the performance requirements of BS:8458 Residential Water Mist Standards and against performance fire tests of BS:9252 Sprinkler Standards.

Approved Results

Achieved Standards

Our water mist system is the industry’s leading domestic and residential fire suppression mist system and is proudly manufactured in Britain.

Patents granted in UK, USA, Australia & Europe

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CPD and Seminars

We deliver FREE presentations, CPD sessions (in person or remotely) throughout the UK for Developers, Architects, Governing Bodies and Public Sector.

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Mandatory Fire Suppression

Building Regulations in Approved Document B has reduced the trigger height for sprinklers and water mist systems, making fire suppression mandatory for a wider range of properties.

Effective Nov. 2020

We Partnered with iCO

Industry leaders in domestic and residential water mist fire suppression systems, reasoning why we have partnered with them as an expert designer, installer and service provider of their systems.

Who are iCO?

Questions Answered

We answer all the frequently asked questions when someone first contacts us about our residential and domestic water mist system. We hope you find it helpful.

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Are you designing an open living space?

“We are delighted that IPH speed of service and knowledge of Building Reg’s matched with their premium product allowed our Architect creativity in their design and our vision to be realised.”

…another Happy Client


Thinking of going Open Plan?

Have building control suggested you need to seek a fire suppression system for your property to pass regulation?

The IPH approach ensures that both small and large scale projects remain on time and to budget. Our expertise of the water mist system allows a creative delivery to design with flexible installation solutions to any challenges that may present themselves when attending a live site.