Case Study

NG Homes - LD1 Fire Alarm System

Devine Energy is working with Glasgow-based social housing provider ng homes on a trans district heating, building safety, and refurbishment project across 13 tower blocks. A key deliverable in this project is the installation of a C-TEC LD1 alarm system, which offers the maximum life protection for domestic properties.

The partnership between ng homes and Devine Energy has two driving factors, both based on data analysis:

EESSH2 Compliance

Sixteen per cent of ng homes’ stock were hard-to-heat high rise buildings with electric storage heating, and pre-project only 6% of properties were compliant with EESSH2 standards. In less than 10 years, 100% of properties must meet EESSH2 standards, requiring a large-scale implementation of renewable technologies and a fabric-first approach to dramatically reduce heating demand.

Supporting healthier lives

ng homes and Devine Energy have a shared goal of improving the lives of social housing tenants by reducing fuel poverty and improving building safety. Those in social housing face a greater fire risk, and 70% lack confidence in the fire safety of their home. Increasing fire safety was therefore an important factor in this project.

Key deliverables

This project takes a whole-building approach, considering all the building systems as one, from life safety to heating systems. To that end, Devine Energy has delivered a wide range of electrical and renewables services throughout the two phases of this complex project, which ranges across multiple tower blocks.

One of the critical life-safety systems implemented was a C-TEC LD1 fire alarm system, designed to offer maximum life protection for domestic properties. The high-rise buildings are 26 floors in height, with one communal stairwell as a means of escape. In the event of a fire this presents a real risk to tenant safety, and could impede the fire service as they tackle the blaze.

ng homes worked with Devine Energy on a ‘design and build’ basis to deliver a highly effective fire safety solution. Our end-to-end solution, from design and installation through to warranty and maintenance, was bespoke to the client’s requirements and key deliverables.  The highly qualified, experienced, and certified team was able to bring considerable expertise and knowledge to this vital work.

Using a HUSH-PRO domestic alarm system in conjunction with C-TEC CAST evacuation alert panels, these two systems integrate to offer enhanced people protection, and support centrally controlled evacuation signalling to help make Stay-Put or Defend in Place strategies safer. As a result of this installation, more than 900 homes across North Glasgow were immediately made safer, building tenant confidence in the fire safety of their homes, in addition to enabling fire and rescue services to coordinate highly controlled partial or full building evacuation in an emergency.

HUSH-PRO Domestic Alarm System

  • Compliant to BS 5839-6 2019 with its own mains power supply & rechargeable standby battery for use in individual dwellings
  • Connects to a C-TEC ‘CAST’ communal/landlord addressable fire system allowing secure centrally controlled evacuation signalling to help make Stay-Put or Defend in Place strategies safer
  • all HUSH-PRO domestic system devices and all of the communal/landlord system’s ‘CAST’ devices are manufactured by C-TEC making integration of the two systems very straightforward

C-TEC CAST

  • BS 8629-compliant evacuation alert panels ideal for use by firefighters in high-rise residential buildings to evacuate all or part of the building in an emergency
  • Connects to evacuation alert sounders, visual alert devices, vibrating alert pads and radio pagers to alert vulnerable residents
  • Offers powerful features such as remote off-site monitoring via the Cloud, automatic evacuation of dwellings in a Fire Level 2 condition, and manual keyswitch evacuations by the fire and rescue services

The impact

This project spans 13 tower blocks over two major phases, and incorporates many deliverables. The positive impact of this work has been measured, and ng homes has been able to demonstrate that:

  • Their housing stock now reaches 100% EESSH2 compliance
  • Tenants have increased confidence in the fire safety of their homes
  • 900+ families enjoy better physical and mental health as a result of safer and healthier homes

Through working in close partnership with Devine Energy, ng homes has devised a dynamic, progressive strategy taking into account PAS2035 guidelines, EESSH2 compliance, and Scottish Government targets, whilst focussing on the safety of tenants and the wider community.

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Case Study

NG Homes - LD1 Fire Alarm System

Devine Energy is working with Glasgow-based social housing provider ng homes on a trans district heating, building safety, and refurbishment project across 13 tower blocks. A key deliverable in this project is the installation of a C-TEC LD1 alarm system, which offers the maximum life protection for domestic properties.

The partnership between ng homes and Devine Energy has two driving factors, both based on data analysis:

EESSH2 Compliance

Sixteen per cent of ng homes’ stock were hard-to-heat high rise buildings with electric storage heating, and pre-project only 6% of properties were compliant with EESSH2 standards. In less than 10 years, 100% of properties must meet EESSH2 standards, requiring a large-scale implementation of renewable technologies and a fabric-first approach to dramatically reduce heating demand.

Supporting healthier lives

ng homes and Devine Energy have a shared goal of improving the lives of social housing tenants by reducing fuel poverty and improving building safety. Those in social housing face a greater fire risk, and 70% lack confidence in the fire safety of their home. Increasing fire safety was therefore an important factor in this project.

Key deliverables

This project takes a whole-building approach, considering all the building systems as one, from life safety to heating systems. To that end, Devine Energy has delivered a wide range of electrical and renewables services throughout the two phases of this complex project, which ranges across multiple tower blocks.

One of the critical life-safety systems implemented was a C-TEC LD1 fire alarm system, designed to offer maximum life protection for domestic properties. The high-rise buildings are 26 floors in height, with one communal stairwell as a means of escape. In the event of a fire this presents a real risk to tenant safety, and could impede the fire service as they tackle the blaze.

ng homes worked with Devine Energy on a ‘design and build’ basis to deliver a highly effective fire safety solution. Our end-to-end solution, from design and installation through to warranty and maintenance, was bespoke to the client’s requirements and key deliverables.  The highly qualified, experienced, and certified team was able to bring considerable expertise and knowledge to this vital work.

Using a HUSH-PRO domestic alarm system in conjunction with C-TEC CAST evacuation alert panels, these two systems integrate to offer enhanced people protection, and support centrally controlled evacuation signalling to help make Stay-Put or Defend in Place strategies safer. As a result of this installation, more than 900 homes across North Glasgow were immediately made safer, building tenant confidence in the fire safety of their homes, in addition to enabling fire and rescue services to coordinate highly controlled partial or full building evacuation in an emergency.

HUSH-PRO Domestic Alarm System

  • Compliant to BS 5839-6 2019 with its own mains power supply & rechargeable standby battery for use in individual dwellings
  • Connects to a C-TEC ‘CAST’ communal/landlord addressable fire system allowing secure centrally controlled evacuation signalling to help make Stay-Put or Defend in Place strategies safer
  • all HUSH-PRO domestic system devices and all of the communal/landlord system’s ‘CAST’ devices are manufactured by C-TEC making integration of the two systems very straightforward

C-TEC CAST

  • BS 8629-compliant evacuation alert panels ideal for use by firefighters in high-rise residential buildings to evacuate all or part of the building in an emergency
  • Connects to evacuation alert sounders, visual alert devices, vibrating alert pads and radio pagers to alert vulnerable residents
  • Offers powerful features such as remote off-site monitoring via the Cloud, automatic evacuation of dwellings in a Fire Level 2 condition, and manual keyswitch evacuations by the fire and rescue services

The impact

This project spans 13 tower blocks over two major phases, and incorporates many deliverables. The positive impact of this work has been measured, and ng homes has been able to demonstrate that:

  • Their housing stock now reaches 100% EESSH2 compliance
  • Tenants have increased confidence in the fire safety of their homes
  • 900+ families enjoy better physical and mental health as a result of safer and healthier homes


Through working in close partnership with Devine Energy, ng homes has devised a dynamic, progressive strategy taking into account PAS2035 guidelines, EESSH2 compliance, and Scottish Government targets, whilst focussing on the safety of tenants and the wider community.