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The Importance of Passive Fire Protection in Construction

We'd like to thank our friends over at Pyroplex for helping us with the information to write this blog! 

Over in the Far East, high rise and commercial buildings continue to grow not just in size but in popularity. When it comes to constructing huge buildings on a mass scale, active fire protection must be considered just as importantly as passive fire protection. This is the case not just for properties being build in East Asia, but for buildings in England, Europe, and the rest of the world.

Before understanding the importance of passive fire protection, first it is fundamental to understand the difference between the two.

Active Fire Protection:

This includes sprinkler systems, fire alarms, and other extinguishing methods such as fire hydrants, or extinguishers.

Passive Fire Protection:

These come in the form of objects or items that contain or control the severity of the fire and its effects when one does break out. These are often installed into the framework of a property and contribute to compartmentalise the potential hazards. This includes, glazing seals, acoustic seals, fire rated intumescent seals and more.

Who is responsible to make sure the correct passive protection materials are provided?

The responsibility to provide accredited and reliable materials could be handled by more than just one group who have a hand in the construction process. These groups include architects, building owners, land contractors, insurers and fire safety engineers. The issue here is, not every party will be on site at the same time to discuss a universal and unanimous decision when it comes to acquiring the most appropriate materials.

Taking this into consideration, the original building specification should include a concise strategy with regards to fire protection, which will involve the naming and availability of the necessary passive fire components. One this decision is made, it is recommended that the power of other parties to alter this agreement is limited, to reduce the risk of undue compromise on fire protection.

Sourcing the most appropriate products:

When it comes to constructing properties, contractors need to be aware of the necessary requirements that passive protection must offer at a basic level. For example, pipe wraps must accommodate the differing variation in sizes that are likely to be found in a building.

It is also important to be weary of the advertising messages that may convolute the genuine performance of the product.

Noberne Seals are a leading supplier of Certifire Approved fire and smoke seals, manufactured and tested to British and EU standards. We are able to advise clients on the most appropriate product depending upon the fixture, in addition to offering a free delivery service throughout mainland UK on orders over £100. If you would like specific advice with regards to your passive protection, feel free to call us on 0113 271 3266, alternatively, browse our website for your most appropriate fire and smoke seals.

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