Chiller Rooms & Refrigerant System
Refrigerant systems and chiller rooms play an important role in ensuring building operate comfortably. The process is relatively simple: chemicals (sometimes gases) are used to remove heat, creating cooler water and air. This is done through condensers, turbo air conditioners and coolers, and other refrigeration devices. Refrigeration systems and chiller rooms are necessary when building environments such as freezers, cold storage rooms, A/C rooms are present.
Relevant Code Citations:
International Fire Code Section 606.8:
“606.8 Refrigerant detector. Machinery rooms shall contain a refrigerant detector with an audible and visual alarm. The detector, or a sampling tube that draws air to the detector, shall be located in an area where refrigerant from a leak will concentrate. The alarm shall be actuated at a value not greater than the corresponding TLVTWA values shown in the International Mechanical Code for the refrigerant classification. Detectors and alarms shall be placed in approved locations.”