Consulting / Engineering
Ino-Tek provides specialized hazardous materials engineering support for many leading Architectural and Engineering firms across the United States. Ino-Tek fills a GAP for many AE firms that have in-house fire safety expertise but lack Gas Detection, Leak Detection, and Life Safety expertise. With over 90 years of combined Life Safety, Gas Detection and Leak Detection experience, Ino-Tek pioneered the concept of integrating separate components with limited functionality into an integrated safety system approach.
The International Building Code and its counterparts, the International Fire Code and the International Mechanical Code – have been adopted by every state in the United States. These codes designate Gas Detection and Leak Detection systems as Life Safety / Hazardous Material Emergency Alarm Systems that, in turn, are designated as Fire Protection Systems. These critical systems must comply with State Building and Fire Codes, as well as other applicable standards like those published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and other industry standards and guidelines when applicable.
When designing a Life Safety / Hazardous Material Emergency Alarm System, our unique 15-step approach ensures code-compliance right from the start. Our deferred submittal package includes a Hazard Report for the Building Official as required by MBC/IBC 414.1.3 whenever there are hazardous materials involved. Our design submittal includes all applicable code references for the system based on the hazards, their quantities, pressures, temperatures and uses; plus devices used and functionality required. Our system drawings include electrical and mechanical schematics and equipment details, interlocks to other systems, sequence of operations, system alarm matrix as well as emergency power / battery load calculations. With this level of information, building officials can quickly perform plan reviews and provide building permit approvals with minimal delay.
When construction is complete and the facility is ready for final inspection, Ino-Tek provides full commissioning and startup of the Life Safety / Hazardous Material Emergency Alarm System. With the Fire Inspector on site, we demonstrate all system functionality and complete all required documentation. This leads to quick acceptance and issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy.
In addition to supporting architects and engineers, Ino-Tek is a trusted resource for Building Officials - providing guidance for protecting their communities when hazardous materials are, or will be present. Ino-Tek audits submittals and Hazardous Materials Opinion and Reports to ascertain whether they are complete and accurate. We provide insights into best practices for hazardous materials safety along with development of a path to code-compliance for community inspectors overwhelmed by hi-tech hazards.
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