Important Questions about Blast-Resistant Structures You Should Ask

Codes and regulations influence our activities daily, providing minimum standards for safety, health and general welfare. These allow us to perform various tasks at work in a safe manner.

For Blast-Resistant Buildings in particular, the environment alone is usually challenging. If you then introduce local, state and regional codes, it’s better and safer for you to work with an experienced company that knows what it is doing.

In the past, most Blast-Resistant Building applications were fairly simple, with the critical element being to protect the people and assets inside them. However, over time, the demands have risen dramatically, resulting in this type of buildings evolving into something much more complicated.

However, the real complexity is in complying with the applicable codes, standards and regulations. Therefore, it is critical to work with a modular building solutions partner, who fully understands the core applications related to blast resistance, as well as the codes and regulations that impact them.

RedGuard Specialist Services recognises that permanent blast-resistant structures have moved well beyond the temporary structures used for turnarounds. Blast-Resistant Modular Buildings are now regularly seen as a high-quality and cost-efficient alternative to traditional site-built structures. More recently, improved quality control, the ability to meet higher blast loads, reduced on site construction time, and flexible design elements are just some of the features that can significantly tip the scales in favour of modular solutions.

Even though Blast-Resistant Buildings are completely different in design, they are subject to the same codes, standards, regulations and reviews as site-built structures. However, the unique combination of typical building codes and design elements required for blast resistance can often create challenges and conflict in the process.

Understand Project Specifics

To ensure a successful project execution, you must understand all the project specifics. Fundamental elements such as general footprint, desired height, and the type of spaces required on the inside are just some of these details. But even more critical, is knowing the details of the potential exposure.

The obvious starting point is the consideration of the blast exposure. However, it is also a good practice to assess also lifesaving elements and threat requirements. Some of the questions you should ask when assessing potential exposure include:

  • Is there an exterior fire threat?
  • What is the electrical classification in the country or region?
  • Does the building require positive pressure?
  • Is there a shelter-in-place requirement?
  • Does toxic gas release need to be considered?

Evaluation of Local and Country Codes

Once we understand these and other threat requirements, we can start with the evaluation of how any local, country or regional codes might affect the building design and other requirements. For example, is there an access requirement from a specific authority? Are there any specific energy code requirements that can affect the HVAC efficiencies or insulation values?

Building codes and other requirements can be challenging, as many of them vary from country to country. If you consider two buildings with similar application requirements, which are shipped to two different countries, they may have very different designs due to the specific country and local codes. Many countries also have their own review programmes related to modular buildings. Some of these programmes require approval before buildings are delivered to the client and on-site or in-progress inspections are also common.

When working with a company that understands and examines all these factors, you should expect to answer many questions related to the specific scope of work and the application. At RedGuard Specialist Services, we evaluate and add all other critical elements to ensure our Blast-Resistant Modules not only meet the requirements for the applications, but also meet all relevant code requirements.

There is no worry if a formal specification or scope has not been prepared. Our knowledgeable and experienced sales team can work with you on developing a concept that incorporates the critical lifesaving features as well as all the other design elements that will make the building a compliant, comfortable and productive workspace.

Contact us for more information about Blast-Resistant Modular Buildings or eventual enquiries.