Automist Smartscan Hydra is fundamentally different from a traditional sprinkler or watermist system in that it is a patented product. Therefore Automist is outside the scope of BS 8458 or BS 9251 and not required to meet these standards. For it to be non-compliant, it would have to fall within its scope. BS 8458, for example, applies only to wet pipe ceiling-mounted systems, whereas Automist Smartscan, by contrast, is a dry pipe and wall-mounted. This does not stop Plumis from demonstrating it is fit for purpose.
Products do not have to comply to a standard to allow them to make buildings compliant to building regulations, only perform just as well.
We have two independent third party assessments of Automist Smartscan Hydra's suitability for BS8458 applications after successfully completing fire performance testing at Exova Warrington:
- LABC Assured (EWS534), a one-off certification process proving compliance with building regulations and standards across England, Wales, and Scotland
- A BSi Certificate of Verification (VC 712581)