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Construction products should be fire tested and certificated to meet the requirements of building regulations to ensure life safety and property protection. A fire door that has been tested can be affected by the type of wood from which the door is made and its density, thickness of the door leaf, the frame that encloses the door and any additional protection required for fixings and paneling. The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) provides useful advice for enhancing the fire performance of surfaces in buildings. The ASFP has published technical guidance document (TGD) called over-cladding reactive coatings, which advises that a minimum gap of 50-times the dry film thickness of the reactive coating should be provided, to allow adequate expansion of the coating if exposed to fire. The ASFP has provided a protocol for the evaluation of systems suitable for beams with rectangular openings in the steel web.


Robinson B.,Association for Specialist Fire Protection
Fire Risk Management | Year: 2010

Some of the biggest challenges of the UK fire protection industry such as apathy, ignorance, and denial leads to the fire losses in the country such as fire at the Lakanal House residential tower block in Camberwell. Several risks need to be considered in order to construct a building with the fire protection facilities such as the architects in the current days are not allowed by the contract to go to the building site to check work. The main contractor must appoint an efficient installer to carry out the fire protection works but there is no legal requirement for him to appoint a third-party certificated installer. The final building inspection process if does not identify any failing in the passive fire protection measures then the passive fire protection provision details will be passed over to the owner of the building as fit for purpose. Risk assessor is not required to have qualifications thus without the appropriate knowledge and observational skills, it is highly likely that deficient, inappropriate or missing passive fire protection measures will go undetected.


The Department for Children, Schools and Families has published a Building Bulletin 100: Designing for fire safety in schools (BB 100), providing specific and useful guidance for built-in passive fire protection against fire and arson in schools. The bulletin contains an interactive fire risk analysis tool and a cost-benefit analysis-tool, and suggests that the schools with medium or high risk should be fitted with sprinklers. The bulletin includes significant specific and useful guidance for built-in passive fire protection in schools in sections such as internal fire spread in linings and structure, external fire spread, performance of materials, products, and structures, and fire performance of insulating core panels. In line with BB 100, the Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) is however lobbying for only third-party certificated products to be installed into buildings.


Rowan N.,Association for Specialist Fire Protection
Fire Risk Management | Year: 2011

Niall Rowan states that intumescents, which provide essential protection to fire doors, surfaces and steelwork but, as highly engineered products, need to be specified carefully. It is important to recognize that the test, assessment or certification is for the entire door assembly, which comprises of intumescents used at the head of the door, the hinged edge, the meeting stiles, behind any ironmongery, behind hinges and door, and around any holes made in the door. Intumescent products are available in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and variations, which reflects many different roles that they perform. It is essential to focus on installation and use a third-party certified installer wherever possible when specifying intumescent materials and products.


Butcher W.,Association for Specialist Fire Protection
Fire Risk Management | Year: 2011

Wilf Butcher gives recommendations to the problem of limited and misleading fire test reports and data for passive protection products. These tests are not conducted under the accreditation process and to the requirements of the UK Accreditation Service and are not complied with the full requirements of a given standard. The most appropriate way of demonstrating the performance of passive fire protection products in the market is third-party product certification, undertaken by independent bodies which verify the quality of the product. The process of certification includes selection of samples from the factory or market, determination of important properties by testing, inspection, design appraisal or assessment, and surveillance through testing, factory production control, audit and evaluation of quality management systems to ensure consistency of production.


Rowan N.,Association for Specialist Fire Protection
Fire Risk Management | Year: 2011

Niall Rowan discusses how the growing use of fire engineered structural frames means there is little room for error when it comes to the passive protection installed. Traditionally, fire protection comprising non-combustible boards and cementitious sprays were applied to the structural frame on site. An analysis of the temperatures reached by these members is then carried out, and predictions made by calculation and other methods of the amount of material needed for the sizes and shapes of steel sections available to designers. The use of newer design codes and fire engineering techniques for structural frames has significant implications for all those involved in designing buildings, not least because these rely more upon fire protection products being correctly specified, installed and maintained.


Butcher W.,Association for Specialist Fire Protection
Fire Risk Management | Year: 2011

The Fire Futures review proposed a major change in the fire and rescue sector in England in early 2011. A series of reports prepared a series of options change the sector in the post-recession environment of tight budgets and stretched resources. Many of its recommendations were geared towards fire and rescue service delivery, but it considered the built environment and how better to ensure that fire safety was considered through the full lifecycle of a building, ranging from design and construction to occupation and management. It looked at improving competency and education in the sector, better defined industry standards, how to eliminate the disconnect between the Building Regulations and the Regulatory Reform Order, and how to improve dialogue with those outside the sector who were not fire safety specialists but are responsible for delivering fire safety in practice.

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