Why is Fire Penetration Sealing Important?

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order regulations brought into being in 2005 relate to fire safety in non-domestic premises. They are designed to make sure that the responsible person takes general fire precautions in relation to the premises for which they are legally obliged to do. To help ensure the safety of the building occupants, fire penetration sealing is one measure to reduce the risk of the spread of fire, whilst also mitigating the effects of the fire.

Protects your building in case of fire

Architects and building designers are required to divide the building into separate compartments, which can be isolated and sealed in case fire breaks out. This is known as compartmentation.

Fire Penetration Sealing is used for incorporating fire safety in the design of office and residential buildings. The materials included in the category of fire penetration sealing are mortars, wraps, linear joints, fire curtains, intumescent pillows, rigid boards, pipe collars and intumescent sealants to name a few. They can ensure your building’s structural integrity is in accordance with the designed compartmentation as they can provide up to 4 hours of protection from fire.

Just using cement or plaster to seal holes or service penetrations can result in failure of the penetration and allow the fire to spread rapidly through the building and breach the buildings compartmentation.

Types of cost-effective insulation

People who own buildings as well as designers, are facing strict regulation. This, compounded with increased costs, energy or otherwise, can cause difficulties for these individuals. A cost-effective solution for insulation needs to be present. Thankfully, these solutions are available in the form of fire penetration sealing.

Fire Compound Systems

Fire compound systems are a type of fire penetration sealing that use gypsum as a base. They are triggered by heat, and expand to prevent the flow of smoke and fire to the rest of the building. This is done by way of a fire seal, which is made around the openings or penetrations in walls and floors. Service risers and plant room floors are at the bottom of the building and there is a path leading upwards, so fire compound systems are ideal for use here. They set in a matter of minutes and can give 4 hours of protection in case of fires. They also provide load bearing properties which ensure future maintenance in the areas where Fire compounds have been installed is not an issue.

Fire Barriers

This type of fire penetration sealing includes an ablative coated mineral fibre batt. The ablative coating is is white in appearance and expands in the event of a fire to prevent smoke penetration through the fire barrier. The ablative coated fire batt is used in conjunction with other fire protection products such as intumescent pipe wraps and mastic to ensure any services passing through the fire barrier do not compromise its performance.

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