Using Seedpods as Temporary Outdoor Installations
Seedpods can be fitted with IP rated electrical components to use as temporary outdoor installations. If you are ordering a Seedpod for temporary outdoor use you must consider the following:
- Seedpods require specific adaptation by the manufacturers to make the electrics suitable for some outdoor conditions.
- Customers must undertake site specific weather and other risk assessments deemed as appropriate to ensure Seedpods are suitable for their environment. This should include a risk assessment for any loose objects inside the pod, objects fixed to the outside or to the impact on the pod of wind-borne projectiles.
- Seedpods are temporary installations which may move and be damaged in high winds.
- The actual stability and safety of the product will depend on the material and roughness of the surface, the direction of the wind, the duration of sustained gusting, and on the sheltering/funnelling impact of the surroundings.
- In moderate to high wind speeds it is recommended that it is moved indoors or covered (with a Seedpods flying jacket) and fixed down to avoid it being damaged or becoming a projectile in extreme conditions.
- A site specific risk assessment should be carried out in order to ensure that there are no fire or life safety risks from surrounding facilities to the Seedpods and vice versa. A risk assessment should be carried out by a certified fire risk assessor and should be agreed with the relevant stakeholders. Seedpods must not be located in areas which obstruct designated fire escape routes.
- Seedpods do not require specific designed lightning protection due to the limited size and occupation of the pod. This should be reconsidered depending on the location of the pod, for example if placed on a high roof.
- Seedpods should not be considered as a safe or effective shelter against electrical storms, and users should exercise appropriate caution treating the pod as an external location in such an event.
- Seedpods with electrical components MUST NOT be immersed in water or left standing in puddles of water or placed in environments with risk of flooding, rising or running water.
- The GRP material should be resistant to rain ingress. In the event of flooding of the surrounding area the pod may become buoyant, or slip resistance in high winds reduced, so users must exercise caution accordingly.
- The shape of the pod is such that moderate snow and ice is unlikely to collect on it to any substantial extent. Users should exercise caution as appropriate in climates subject to heavy snowfall.
- GRP as a material can degrade under sustained exposure to extreme low temperatures.
- GRP as a material can degrade under sustained exposure to extreme high temperatures and strong sunlight.
- To reduce solar gains, orient Seedpods with the opening facing North (or South if below the equator). Keep the opening on top of Seedpods open for heat rejection. Provide a shading surface above the opening on the top of the Seedpod. The Seedpods cradle will provide a thermal break between the surface contact on the ground and the floor of Seedpods.
Should you wish to have adaptations made to your Seedpod to address specific weather conditions, please discuss with Seeds team on 0113 335 1488.
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