Johnson Controls

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Johnson Controls's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Johnson Controls is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

Vice President and General
Manager of Fire Suppression
Products Rekha Agrawal
Revolutionary SPRAYSAFE AFS
System is engineered to identify and
contain fires on high-rise buildings
with combustible cladding
Johnson Controls creates intelligent solutions for buildings,
with the goal of allowing them to co-exist in an integrated
ecosystem that will help in the delivery of smart cities and
communities in the future. It has a significant global presence
with headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and dozens of
offices across the UK, and provides unique solutions within a
range of disciplines for clients across the world. Founded in
1885, it has a long history of innovation, which Vice President
and General Manager of Fire Suppression Products Rekha
Agrawal discusses with
TheParliamentary Review
More than a global diversified technology and multi-industry leader, Johnson
Controls delivers innovative, first-to-market solutions for a wide range of customers
in more than 150 countries. Our 117,000 employees in nearly 2,000 locations
worldwide create intelligent buildings, efficient energy solutions, integrated
infrastructure, and fire protection systems that work seamlessly together to deliver
on the promise of smart cities and communities.
Over 100 years of experience in fire suppression
Protecting homes and businesses across the UK and Ireland for over 100 years,
we currently provide round-the-clock fire protection for over 400,000 residential
and SME customers. Locally, we operate in every region of the UK and Ireland
across a network of over 40 branches, employing over 4,000 employees and
»Vice President and General
Manager of Fire Suppression
Products: Rekha Agrawal
»Founded in 1885
»Headquarters in Milwaukee,
Wisconsin and dozens of
offices across the UK
»Services: Creation of
intelligent buildings, efficient
energy solutions, integrated
infrastructure and fire
protection systems
»No. of employees: 117,000
Johnson Controls
Highlighting best practice
providing our customers with regional
presence, skills and expertise through
our portfolio of brands, which include
ANSUL, ADT and Tyco. In our fire
suppression business, we advance
safety and security by finding smarter
ways to improve businesses and
protect the spaces where people
live and work to avoid catastrophic
Unfortunately, the need for innovation
in the fire protection space has
become increasingly urgent. The most
lethal structural fire in the UK since
the 1988 Piper Alpha oil platform
disaster, the Grenfell Tower fire killed
72 people and injured many others.
One of the main causes of the rapid
spread of the fire was attributed to the
combustibility of the cladding on the
side of the building and the chimney
effect created by the cavity between
the wall and cladding. Since this
tragedy, there has been substantial
discussion about fires in high rise
buildings where combustible cladding
material has been installed. This has
resulted in a number of initiatives
including changes in building
regulations. There is also increased
interest in fire safety standards from
legislative parties, as well as planned
recladding of many residential towers
and housing blocks.
With an ever-increasing demand
for housing, the trend for high rise
building construction looks set to
continue. For example, AMA research
suggests that in the UK alone,
there are currently more than 270
buildings standing over 150 metres
in height, with around 500 more
proposed or under construction.
This poses a significant challenge for
fire suppression systems, due to the
difficulty of access to fight fires in high
rise buildings. In response, Johnson
Controls has worked to develop new
solutions to mitigate fire risk in high
rise applications, and new codes and
standards are being implemented.
Creating innovative solutions
for the future
With a legacy of leadership in fire
suppression, Johnson Controls has
a deep expertise in codes, standards
and applications. Fire tragedies like
Grenfell make it clear that new
technologies are required to protect
people and property. Innovative
fire detection and suppression
products can help to prevent fires
from developing into catastrophic
events. Johnson Controls is the
only fire detection and suppression
manufacturer to have developed
this kind of innovative technology:
the SPRAYSAFE Autonomous Fire
Suppression System. It is specifically
designed to aid in the detection and
suppression of external fires in high
rise buildings by identifying a fire’s
exact location and applying immediate
suppression. The system is also
autonomous and operational 24 hours
a day.
At Johnson Controls, we have a
history of innovating to improve the
protection of people and property. In
that vein, the SPRAYSAFE AFS System
The Grenfell Tower fire
killed 72 people and
injured many others
With an ever-
demand for
housing, the
trend for high
rise building
looks set to
mitigates the risk associated with
combustible cladding in an efficient
and effective way, which we see as a
risk not only in the UK but globally.
The revolutionary SPRAYSAFE AFS
System (of which some components
are licensed by Unifire AB) is
engineered to rapidly identify and
autonomously fight fires on the
exterior of high rise buildings with
combustible cladding material and to
provide fire suppression at any height
beyond the reach tofirefighters.
During a fire, the sensors of the
SPRAYSAFE AFS System quickly identify
and accurately pinpoint the location
of the fire in three dimensions. It then
directs a high volume of water onto
the flame through the use of a robotic
monitor and extension boom within
seconds. The system operates without
human intervention and leverages
a building’s existing fire protection
infrastructure. Since local authorities
and landlords are expected to replace
combustible cladding on their buildings
with expensive fireproof cladding, the
SPRAYSAFE AFS System could provide
an effective, cost-efficient alternative –
aiding in the detection and suppression
of fires before fire brigades can even
arrive on the scene.
In addition to the SPRAYSAFE AFS
System, Johnson Controls has an
extensive portfolio of fire suppression
products that can be retrofitted for
virtually any scenario. We offer an
unmatched range of suppression
systems, extinguishing agents,
fire sprinklers, valves, portable
extinguishers and much more to
optimise a building’s security and fire
safety. Through our industry-leading
brands – with one of the broadest
lines of fire protection equipment
worldwide – we leverage our global
scale and deep expertise to drive
innovation, advance safety and solve
the unique challenges of customers
around the world.
We’re driven to deliver innovative
solutions like the SPRAYSAFE AFS
System in order to meet the ever-
evolving landscape of our customers’
needs and challenges. By developing
a revolutionary solution to this global
challenge, we will continue to create a
world that is both smarter and safer.
We’re driven to
solutions like
AFS System in
order to meet
the ever-
landscape of
our customers’
needs and
Delivering on the
promise of smart cities
and communities

This article was sponsored by Johnson Controls. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from The Rt Hon Theresa May MP.

The Rt Hon Theresa May MP's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By The Rt Hon Theresa May MP

This foreword from the then Prime Minister appeared in the 2018/19 Parliamentary Review.

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review. For Her Majesty’s Government, our task in the year ahead is clear: to achieve the best Brexit deal for Britain and to carry on our work to build a more prosperous and united country – one that truly works for everyone. 

The right Brexit deal will not be sufficient on its own to secure a more prosperous future for Britain. We also need to ensure that our economy is ready for what tomorrow will bring. Our Modern Industrial Strategy is our plan to do that. It means Government stepping up to secure the foundations of our productivity: providing an education system that delivers the skills our economy needs, improving school standards and transforming technical education; delivering infrastructure for growth; ensuring people have the homes they need in the places they want to live. It is all about taking action for the long-term that will pay dividends in the future.

But it also goes beyond that. Government, the private sector and academia working together as strategic partners achieve far more than we could separately. That is why we have set an ambitious goal of lifting UK public and private research and development investment to 2.4 per cent of GDP by 2027. It is why we are developing four Grand Challenges, the big drivers of social and economic change in the world today: harnessing artificial intelligence and the data revolution; leading in changes to the future of mobility; meeting the challenges of our ageing society; and driving ahead the revolution in clean growth. By focusing our efforts on making the most of these areas of enormous potential, we can develop new exports, grow new industries and create more good jobs in every part of our country.

Years of hard work and sacrifice from the British people have got our deficit down by over three quarters. We are building on this success by taking a balanced approach to public spending. We are continuing to deal with our debts, so that our economy can remain strong and we can protect people’s jobs, and at the same time we are investing in vital public services, like our NHS. We have set out plans to increase NHS funding annually by an average by 3.4 percent in real terms: that is £394 million a week more. In return, the NHS will produce a ten-year plan, led by doctors and nurses, to eliminate waste and improve patient care.

I believe that Britain can look to the future with confidence. We are leaving the EU and setting a new course for prosperity as a global trading nation. We have a Modern Industrial Strategy that is strengthening the foundations of our economy and helping us to seize the opportunities of the future. We are investing in the public services we all rely on and helping them to grow and improve. Building on our country’s great strengths – our world-class universities and researchers, our excellent services sector, our cutting edge manufacturers, our vibrant creative industries, our dedicated public servants – we can look towards a new decade that is ripe with possibility. The government I lead is doing all it can to make that brighter future a reality for everyone in our country. 

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review 
The Rt Hon Theresa May MP
Prime Minister