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HI-FOG® Selected to Safeguard Europe’s Largest Wooden Apartment Building
16 June 2014

VANTAA, Finland, June 16, 2014 — HI-FOG® by Marioff has been selected by Rakennusliike Reponen to protect Europe’s largest, multi-story wooden residential building, which is being built for the 2015 Vantaa Housing Fair. Marioff, the world’s largest supplier of water mist fire protection technology and supplier of system solutions worldwide under the brand HI-FOG®, is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

HI-FOG® will protect the seven-story, energy-neutral wooden residential building, including 186 apartments totaling more than 10,000 square meters, and an underground parking area for 80 cars. 

The combustibility of wood limits its use as a construction material, according to building regulations in most countries. Finland’s national building regulations permit the construction of three- to eight-story wood-frame residential buildings as long as an automatic sprinkler system is installed throughout.

“Thanks to the automatic, high-pressure water mist system, fire safety is no longer an obstacle for using wood in construction,” said Mika Airaksela, managing director of the main constructor, Rakennusliike Reponen. “With the HI-FOG® solution responding to our requirements for sustainability and proven performance in fire suppression, we can demonstrate that multi-story wooden residential buildings can be safer than buildings made of concrete in terms of fire safety.”

“Using significantly less water than traditional sprinkler systems and requiring less tubing material, the HI-FOG® solution minimizes the carbon footprint of the fire protection system,” said Jaakko Kääriäinen, manager, Marioff Finland. “This makes it well-suited to Rakennusliike Reponen’s building concept, which promotes the use of energy-efficient and environmentally sound building methods.”

About Marioff and HI-FOG®

Marioff is a leading developer of water mist fire protection technology and supplies system solutions worldwide. The company’s innovative HI-FOG® water mist fire protection system safely controls and suppresses fire using significantly less water than conventional sprinkler systems, reducing water damage, cleanup time and operational downtime. Marioff is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide.



Jaakko Kääriäinen
Manager, Land, Finland
Marioff Corporation Oy
Mobile: +358 40 3540 485