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Collaborative Room in now UL listed

Collaborative Room is now ๐”๐‹ ๐‹๐ˆ๐’๐“๐„๐ƒ

We are very proud to announce that after more than a year of testing Estel Collaborative Room collection is now ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ก๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐๐š๐ซ๐ ๐”๐‹๐Ÿ—๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ.
UL 962 is recognized by all authorities and itโ€™s the most ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ฌ๐š๐Ÿ๐ž๐ญ๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ช๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ฌ๐ฒ๐ฆ๐›๐จ๐ฅ for buyers, distributors, insurers and regulators.
As part of the listing, Estel products also passed the ASTM E84 standard fire tests and were awarded ๐‚๐ฅ๐š๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐€ ๐ข๐ง ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž.
UL 962 guarantees that ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐๐ฎ๐œ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฌ๐š๐Ÿ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž in the work environment and that their entire electrical system is fully compliant with the US and Canadian requirements.

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From a safety perspective it is useful to remind that, especially in North America, where most of these pods are exported, local authorities want these products evaluated by aย Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL), UL is an example.

As they areย considered as modular installation, they present challenges for code authorities for inspection and determination of code compliance. With conventionalย officeย construction, a code authority can inspect the construction in accordance with the applicable construction code, typically with a building permit being required.
When theย officeย is of modular construction, the owner may not file for a building permit andย the code authority is not able to inspect the concealed wiring and constructionย and must rely onย a third-party certification to determine compliance.
The arrangement and location of modular podsand rooms can potentially obstruct required means of egress or fire protection systems. There may also be requirements for classification of interior wall and ceiling finishes to comply with the model fire and building codes.

The baseย standard used to investigate products in thisย category isโ€ฏย UL 962ย ,โ€ฏthe Standard forย Household and Commercial Furnishings.ย 

UL 962 includes specific safety and performance requirementsย for modular podsand modular rooms. These requirements address fire sprinkler protection, ceiling support tests, flame spread and smoke developed indices, and door swing and locking arrangements.

To address the need for any required fire sprinkler regulations UL 962 requires modular podsand rooms with a ceiling to employ one of the followingย to accommodate fire sprinkler protection:

  • Open-grid ceiling system designed to allow the existing fire sprinkler system to protect the interior of the booth or room.
  • Drop-out ceiling system complying with the UL 723S, the Outline of Investigation for Drop-Out Ceilings Installed Beneath Automatic Sprinklers.
  • Self-contained fire extinguishing system suitable for the intended use.
  • Be designed to accept a sprinkler head drop from the building fire sprinkler system.

Interior finish materialย in modular rooms and pods are tested in accordance with UL 723 for flame spread and smoke developed indices. The modular booth or room shall have a maximum flame-spread index (FSI) of 200 andย smoke developed index (SDI) of 450.ย If the smoked developed index is over 450, the product must be marked โ€œSmoke developed index over 450.โ€ The maximum FSI and SDI applies to anyย upholstered surfacesย within the booth.

A modular room or booth that is intended to be occupied in an enclosed space and that is provided with aย door shall not have any locking mechanismย on the outside unless it can be unlocked from the inside. The door must swing outward or slide. If a lock is provided on the inside of the door, there must be a means to release the lock in case of an emergency.

UL 962 also contains requirements for evaluating the concealedย wiring, electrical equipmentย (such as luminaires and receptacles) andย HVAC equipment.
Modular rooms and pods can be either cord and plug connected or permanently wired. A permanently wired modular booth or room will be provided with a splice compartment, junction box or length of raceway to make connections. A modular booth or room intended to be connected to the power-supply source by means of a flexible cord and plug must have a flexible cord and an attachment plug for connection to the supply source.

The UL 962 Standard also requires that modular pods and rooms be provided withย detailed installation instructions pertaining to the risk of fire,ย electric shock or injury to persons associated with the use of the modular booth or room. Those risks may relate to the operation, user-maintenance, loading, storage and, as applicable, grounding or double-insulation.
The instructions must also provide guidance for theย minimum clearances to fire sprinklersย in modular rooms or pods with an open-grid ceiling system. Installation instructions for modular rooms or pods with a drop-out panel or adjustable open-grid ceiling system will state that a modular room or booth must only be used where the location is provided with standard-response sprinklers.
The instructions also include any additional details provided for the drop-out ceiling panelsย and their specific installation. When a rigid ceiling is installed in a modular room or booth designed to accept a sprinkler drop from the buildings fire sprinkler system, the instructions will indicate to contact the building and fire marshal before installation to obtain the requirements necessary for inclusion of the fire suppression system.

Equally important are the health aspects of pods, especially in terms ofย airborne particles in indoor spaces.ย Podsย include furnishings, composite wood panels, textiles, flooring, etc. that can emit harmful levels ofย volatile organic compounds (VOCs).ย Manufacturers must ensure indoor air quality is safe and healthy for people in and around theseย pods. Manufacturers can proactively demonstrate the safety and suitability of their products prior to releasing them to market.