NO CAUSE FOR ALARM : DYNAMIC SPRINKLER-FREE SYSTEM STOPS FIRES BEFORE THEY START

99% Invisible : World's most popular design and architecture podcast reviews the CAP9 Fire Prevention System and breaks down the process of hypoxic air technology for asset preservation and business continuity from an architectural point of view. 

Producer Kurt Kohlstedt describes the prevention process: "So how does it work? Watch the video to learn more, but basically: nitrogen is added to the air to ‘pack in’ oxygen molecules, preventing them from participating in a combustion reaction. In short: the air itself is reconditioned to become inhospitable to flames. Cap9 machines operate by filtering out particles and maintaining the right balance of oxygen and nitrogen to keep fires from gaining traction."

Kohlstedt on advantages over traditional fire suppression methods: "...hypoxic air technology obviates the need for conventional sprinklers and other fire suppression systems. Water and foam, meanwhile, can do irreparable damage to stored materials..."

On design flexibility: Broadly employed, this type of fire suppression could have design implications for architects as well. In many jurisdictions, specific fire code rules can be circumvented if a designer can show that their building will hold up thanks to structural or systematic redundancies.

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