In a region of constant change, it is more important than ever that we are mindful of the challenges of catering to the demand of a growing population. The region is growing at a rapid pace, with the population expected to have reached 53 million by 2020.
It is also becoming one of the most urbanised areas of the world, with dense city populations, and we must always be able to adapt to this changing landscape. This shift in social and economic environments brings with it challenges and risks and the need for clear levels of safety in the vast number of high-rise buildings being constructed in cities.
In recent years, a few high profile incidents have raised awareness of the need for greater levels of safety in buildings. Yet often the biggest dangers in a building are those that you can’t see. Within a home, we know to be careful not to overheat an oven, to keep an eye on burning candles - but what about the dangers that we cannot see?
At the heart of every building lies its source of power. It’s something that we often take for granted as we switch a light on, jump in the elevator or put on the television, but power plays a pivotal role in keeping the building secure, safe and operational.
From top to bottom, power management is keeping a building and its tenants safe across a number of platforms. At the core, power is managed from floor to floor through a busway, without the traditional use of cables and conduits, which consists of insulated conductors contained within a housing. It is safer to install and has insulation that prevents electrical faults by separating conductors from one another and from the unit’s housing.
Once power reaches your home, it is vital that components such as distribution boards, circuit breakers, even plug sockets are of the right rating and quality to ensure there is no overloading or faulty wiring. Should an incident occur in a building, power can also be key to ensuring safe evacuation. A very simple example of this is the emergency exit lighting that guides us safely out of a building should a fire or other emergency occur.
Power can provide safety in other ways too, such as by keeping data secure. An uninterruptable power source (UPS) will protect hardware such as servers, workstations, telecommunications equipment, or other electrical equipment from an unexpected disruption of power, whether it be a power source failure or a voltage spike. Without a UPS, data can be lost or destroyed by even the shortest loss in power. And while we are quick to think of data security as protecting against external threat, the real risk is in documents and files being destroyed as your computer tries to fight fluctuating power source that is damaging it irreparably.
Power supply is an essential part of any commercial building and the safety provided by efficient power management can be invisible with quality and well-planned solutions.