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Who is Responsible for Passive Fire Protection?

Who is Responsible for Passive Fire Protection?

Arguably, a clear understanding of who holds responsibility for passive fire protection is as important to the safety of employees as its implementation. Fire safety is visible, it requires the provision of visible tools – fire extinguishers, for example. PRP, though, is integrated into the structure of the building. It’s largely invisible and can be overlooked.

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How Does Fire Affect Structural Steel?

How Does Fire Affect Structural Steel?

How Does Fire Affect Structural Steel?

The versatility, strength and sustainability of structural steel has ensured its phenomenal market share over the past two decades. Architects enjoy the freedom it affords them, and building owners appreciate both its aesthetic possibilities and the relative ease of construction where steel is used.

Less widely understood, however is the way in which fire affects the integrity of structural steel. Knowing how a building component behaves in the extreme temperatures caused by fire, provides an important insight into the kinds of fire protection required to protect it. In this blog, we consider effective passive fire protection solutions for structural steel.

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What is a Fire Door?

What is a Fire Door?

What is a Fire Door and What Part Does it Play in Fire Protection?

The fire door is a success story! Why? Because they’re now part and parcel of the work landscape, and – when professionally installed and maintained – they save lives in the event of fire. Over the past few years though, their success has been somewhat tarnished by the fact that 76% of fire doors were found to be ‘not fit for purpose’. Inspectors stated that their biggest concern was the lack of knowledge people had about the function and purpose of fire doors.

This blog aims to put that right! The Wallace Fire Protection team has come up with a concise guide to the question: What is a Fire Door?

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What is the Fire-Resistance of Building Materials?

What is the Fire-Resistance of Building Materials?

As creators of innovative passive fire protection solutions, we work every day with fire protection walls, ceilings and blast resistant panels. The development of a fire-resistance strategy isn’t just about specialist products though. The construction materials used throughout the building all need to play their part in stopping the spread of fire.

In this blog we take a look at the inherent fire-resistance of 6 construction materials that are used in the vast majority of the UK’s buildings.

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Fire Protective Coatings

Fire Protective Coatings

What Are Fire Protective Coatings?

Protecting people in a building where a fire is raging is hard. Which is why fire protection is ‘baked in’ to the design of new buildings. In England all new builds, refurbishments or extensions – regardless of whether they’re domestic or non-domestic, must adhere to The Building Regulations 2010, Approved Document B. This covers the requirement for structural fire resistance and the use of fire stopping, or fire protective coatings:

“every joint or imperfection of fit, or opening to allow services to pass through the element, should be adequately protected by sealing or fire stopping so that the fire resistance of the element is not impaired.”

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Promat DURASTEEL® Blast Protection

Promat DURASTEEL® Blast Protection

Wallace Installs Promat DURASTEEL® Blast Protection

In the vast majority of UK buildings, passive fire protection is sufficient to contain fire, and allow for safe evacuation. There are, however, a number of facilities that require additional blast protection. These are premises which house combustible fuels or materials, or provide the location for high voltage power transformers. These require Promat DURASTEEL® blast protection to protect the building, employees and infrastructure from unintentional explosions.

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What is Firestopping in Construction?

What is Firestopping in Construction?

Firestopping is a critical ingredient in passive fire protection. If it is neglected, or poorly installed a compartmentation system will fail quite quickly. Fire and smoke will spread to outside the area of origin and cause intense damage throughout the building to both the structure, and the occupants. In this blog, the Wallace team considers the role firestopping plays in creating structural resilience and saving lives.

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What is Fire Compartmentation?

What is Fire Compartmentation?

Why Fire Compartmentation Saves Lives

The tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire on 14th June 2017 could have been avoided if the external cladding had not used aluminium as its primary material. Aluminium has high conductivity; its presence aided the trajectory of the fire from one storey of the building to another, and through the windows. As a result, fire compartmentation at Grenfell was fatally breached and lives were lost.

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Passive Fire Protection System

Passive Fire Protection System

How Does a Passive Fire Protection System Work?

The goal of a passive fire protection system is always to save lives, and keep buildings standing. The term ‘passive’ is used to describe a strategic use of structural design to achieve this aim. Using compartmentation, fire resistant materials, and fireproofing to seal cavities and cracks, passive fire protection contains the conflagration, impedes the spread of smoke and creates a safe passage for evacuation.

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