When specifying SAS Systems, it is necessary to consider integration with different products, services and structural elements of the building, such as walls and columns.

Integration plays an important part in any building design.

By integrating services and products efficiently cost and time savings can be made on projects, whilst also providing protection for cables, pipework and other expensive media.

Manufacturing and prefabricating off‑site provides a reduction in on‑site labour costs, makes the install programme more efficient, improves site safety and reduces site wastage.

A number of design options are available to meet any integration requirements. Often the design detail required to manage integration issues is a very simple solution and occasionally a significant obstacle. Nevertheless considering integration at design phase can ensure a seamless interior finish.  

The way products integrate with ceiling systems plays an important part in any ceiling design. Each building service requirement might require apertures to be formed in a tile or panel.

The ceiling integrates with structural elements of the building including walls and columns and a range of SAS trims and perimeters are available to manage perimeter finishes.

A number of design options are available to meet any integration requirement.


Perimeter Trims & Column Rings

Trims and perimeters allow the ceiling to integrate with vertical structural elements. The SAS range of fabricated trims and perimeters can be rolled to allow ceiling integration around columns.


Access Panels

It is important in the design of ceiling and architectural metalwork to ensure access to important services is maintained. Access panels help to improve ease of maintenance and reduce damage levels.


Service Bulkheads

How will the ceiling interact with vertical changes in height? Will bulkhead panels be required and what services will be integrated within? All SAS ceilings systems are designed to integrate with architectural metalwork bulkheads and wall panelling.

Impact Resistance is used to protect the building structural integrity and, depending on the environment, can be incorporated into a project by using SAS Architectural Metalwork.



LED lighting has revolutionised the ability to design lighting for bespoke applications. Previous modular units were dictated by ceiling systems, and tile sizes. LED lighting can be developed to integrate with tiles, grid components, wall panels, partitioning and general architectural metalwork.

The size and shape no longer has to limit various applications whether a system is suspended, surface mounted or recessed.  However, weight is still an important factor and consideration must be made when choosing lighting supported from a ceiling tile, grid system, concrete soffit or incorporated within a metalwork product.

The SAS pattress system allows the integration of lighting by suspending directly from the EMAC primary grid. This reduces the need to support directly from the soffit.


Modular Air Conditioning Units

Integrating with modular units requires compromise with the aesthetic design of the ceiling. Large apertures across multiple tiles can be accommodated.


Grilles and Diffusers

The integration of air handling can be achieved with Grilles and Diffusers.  SAS systems can be manufactured with pre-formed apertures which integrate air diffusion nozzles and grilles to incorporate air handling as part of a ceiling tile or even suspension grid. Swirl diffusers are accommodated with a subtle change of perforation.

Perforations allow heating and cooling to be provided to a space via a low-velocity displacement ventilation system.

Linear or curved linear grilles can be manufactured to meet the exact design requirements of a building. Considerations such as these should be managed at the design stage.


SAS Room Comfort Products

SAS manufacture a range of room comfort systems that are water based and energy efficient. Chilled Ceilings, Chilled Beams, Integrated Service Modules (ISM) or Radiant Heating are all designed in accordance with the SAS product portfolio.

Chilled Ceilings: Is there a requirement for an energy efficient Chilled Ceiling to be integrated? Unlike modular units, the design of the ceiling may not affect the integration of a Chilled Ceiling.

Chilled Beams: Will the perimeter of the building require Chilled Beams to offset any solar gain? How will the ceiling integrate with the open area design demanded below a Chilled Beam?

ISM: If the building is being cooled by active or passive Chilled Beams, how are other services, like lighting or mechanical and electrical (M&E), being integrated? What is the design detail integrating Chilled Beams modules back to the service spine or main plant?

Radiant Heating: SAS systems can incorporate radiant panels as standard. As stand alone panels, modules or rafts.

Speakers & CCTV / Projectors

Speakers (PA systems), CCTV cameras and projectors, can also easily be integrated into products. Apertures for detectors and sprinklers are factory formed. Integrating services into a profile grid reduces the number of differing tiles that need to be manufactured and installed.

Smoke/Fire Detection and Control

Apertures can be manufactured for smoke detectors and sprinkler systems as they require clear access. In ceilings apertures can be formed in lighting tiles creating a multi-service tile or in a separate field tile. In architectural metalwork the location of these services is hugely flexible. 

Voice, Data cabling, Wireless, and PIR (Passive Infer-red) sensors

Technology development and innovation does not stand still. The incorporation of these services and communication channels is key for any environment.


If signage is to be integrated any load weight must be taken into consideration at the design stage. Many public facilities integrate signage from the soffit into the design.

Exposed Services

These can be integrated within SAS systems, enclosing any unsightly cables, providing protection and helping to deliver a more aesthetically pleasing project whilst also providing accessibility for maintenance.

In addition, products such as binnacles can provide public information on external face plates and telephones, as well as housing and protecting M&E services, in public buildings and transport hubs.