Passive fire protection
Passive fire protection refers to the use of construction elements within a building that are designed to prevent or delay the spread of fire and/or smoke to different parts of the building.
Structural Fire Protection
Structural fire protection guards essential structural components (such as structural steel and joint systems) from the effects of fire.
Fire barriers, firewalls, fire partitions, and smoke barriers are all included in compartmentation.
These materials are used to limit fire spread through penetrations in a fire barrier.
Additional Passive Protection Solutions
Marine Fire Protection Solutions
Fire protection in marine environments is a particularly crucial element in safeguarding human lives and valuable assets. Our specially developed fire protection solutions address the most common areas where fires pose significant challenges in marine settings, including electrical sockets, mechanical service penetrations, recessed lights, linear gaps, and wall and ceiling panel joints. These innovative solutions are designed to deliver superior fire protection, withstanding the unique challenges of Australia's marine environments.
Key Aspects of Marine Fire Protection Solutions
Electrical Sockets: Our fire protection materials ensure electric sockets remain safely encapsulated during a fire, preventing electrical fires from propagating.
Mechanical Service Penetrations: Sealing around service penetrations like pipes, ducts, and cables becomes essential in marine environments to avoid any potential fire spread through these conduits.
Recessed Lights: Specially designed fire-resistant enclosures help protect recessed lights, mitigating the risk of fire spreading from overheated fittings or exposed wiring.
Linear Gaps: Fire protection solutions address linear gaps created in wall and ceiling joints to seal these areas, preventing fire and smoke migration.
Wall and Ceiling Panel Joints: Fire-resistant joint fillers and sealants maintain the continuity of wall and ceiling fire resistance in marine conditions, ensuring maximum protection.
Designed for Marine Environments: Our solutions are uniquely tailored for the challenges that marine settings present, such as exposure to saltwater, humidity, and constant movement.
Compliance with Marine Regulations: Fire protection solutions are designed to meet international marine fire safety regulations as well as country-specific norms, like those in Australia.
Protection of Lives and Assets: By addressing common fire-prone areas, our fire protection solutions work to protect both the lives of those on board and valuable assets from fire damage.
Minimised Business Disruptions: Reducing the risk of fire outbreaks with these solutions ensures the continuity of operations, minimising disruptions to important industry sectors.
Fire and Acoustic Ratings Protection
Every building, whether residential, commercial, or industrial, is constructed with walls and floors that have specific fire and acoustic ratings. The installation of electrical services through these compartment walls and floors can substantially weaken their integrity, and their ability to perform to the required fire and acoustic standards.
When electrical penetrations such as sockets, cable trays, baskets, or recessed downlights are installed, they must be protected with fire stopping products. This is essential to reinstate the initial fire rating of the wall, ceiling, or floor, and to prevent the spread of fire and smoke through the penetration. Additionally, in some scenarios, these measures also serve to restrict the transfer of sound, particularly in residential constructions where sound-proofing is imperative.
Residential Buildings: In multi-dwelling constructions, fire stopping measures are essential for ensuring each unit's safety, restricting fires within a confined area and maintaining structural integrity during a fire incident. The acoustic isolating feature simultaneously helps maintain privacy and noise comfort levels in individual units.
Commercial Buildings: In commercial establishments like office complexes and retail centers, these measures act as a defense against fire, protecting vital infrastructure and the plethora of occupants frequenting these spaces. Furthermore, acoustics control also plays a significant role, ensuring noise pollution from different sections does not disrupt workflow.
Industrial Buildings: Industries often have complex electrical provisions and services, making fire-stopping measures critical in protecting expensive and crucial equipment, and ensuring worker safety. In strategically critical areas, acoustic isolation may be important as well.
Benefits of Firestopping and Acoustic Protection
Enhancing Fire Safety: Firestopping products restore the original fire resistance rating of the wall, ceiling, or floor, reducing the risk of fire and smoke propagation through electrical penetrations.
Noise Control: Fire stopping products not only protect against fire, but some also can provide resistance to sound transfer, maintaining the acoustic integrity of the walls and floors, which is crucial in residential and commercial settings.
Compliance with Safety Norms: Use of such measures ensure compliance with the stringent Australian Building Regulations, which mandate the reinstatement of the original fire and acoustic rating of constructions.
In all building constructions, walls and floors are assigned specific fire and acoustic ratings. However, these structures' integrity can be considerably compromised when mechanical services, such as plumbing, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, are installed through these compartment walls and floors.
With mechanical services' penetrations like pipes, vents, and air valves, fire stopping becomes crucial to reinstate the original fire rating of the contained wall, ceiling, or floor. This ensures that fire and smoke cannot spread through these penetrations. In addition, in certain contexts, these measures must also provide resistance to sound, particularly in and between residential dwellings.
Residential Buildings: In residential buildings, especially multi-dwelling constructions, fire stopping offers essential protection by containing any potential fire to its place of origin, protecting lives and property. Simultaneously, acoustic protection is vital in maintaining residents' privacy and peace.
Commercial Establishments: Commercial buildings, such as offices, malls, and hospitality venues, often have extensive mechanical services for the comfort of occupants. Fire stopping measures help safeguard these spaces against potential fire hazards, protecting people and infrastructure. Additionally, acoustic isolation helps in maintaining a conducive environment for various activities.
Industrial Infrastructure: In industrial constructions, fire stopping provides necessary protection for factories, warehouses, and plants, securing essential equipment, goods, and employee safety. Depending on the industry, acoustic isolation may be equally crucial.
Improved Fire Safety: Fire stopping reinstates the initial fire resistance rating after mechanical service installation, reducing the likelihood of fire and smoke spreading through the building via service penetrations.
Enhanced Noise Control: Along with fire protection, these provisions also restrict sound transfer, preserving the acoustic ratings of walls and floors. This is especially important when minimizing noise pollution in residential and commercial settings.
Regulation Compliance: Using fire stopping and acoustic protection measures ensures compliance with Australia's stringent building regulations and standards mandating the preservation of the original fire and acoustic ratings.
Intumescents in Fire Protection
Intumescents are sophisticated passive fire protection materials used globally in a multitude of fire-stopping applications. Generally, they're utilised within construction products to maintain or restore the fire resistance of buildings. For instance, in walls, floors, and ceilings, the integration of penetrations and services can reduce the level of fire resistance. Still, intumescent materials or products containing intumescent can restore the fire rating.
Residential Buildings: In Australian residential spaces, particularly multi-dwelling constructions, the use of intumescent materials can be instrumental in ensuring fire safety. For instance, these materials can be applied to electrical and mechanical service penetrations, helping to restore the original fire resistance rating of these structures, and confine any potential fire to its origin.
Commercial Environments: For commercial structures such as office buildings, retail centres, and service-oriented establishments, the use of intumescent materials has become increasingly prevalent. These structures often have complex electrical and mechanical provisions, with service penetrations making the buildings more susceptible to fire. Intumescent products help increase building fire resistance, safeguarding people and enhancing the longevity of the infrastructure.
Industrial Spaces: In industrial applications, such as warehouses, factories, and processing plants, intumescents play an integral role. Given the complex network of mechanical services typically present in these buildings, the integration of intumescent materials can substantially reduce fire-related hazards, thereby safeguarding pricey machinery, commodities, and essential workers.
Intumescents are materials that increase in volume when exposed to heat, forming an insulating char that slows fire spread. Some common applications of intumescents include:
Pipe Collars and Wraps: These are placed around plastic pipes and expand on heat exposure to fill the gap left by the melting plastic.
Sealants and Mastic: They are placed in small gaps and joints to resist fire penetration.
Coated Batt: Installed to seal larger openings, commonly where services pass through walls and floors.
Intumescent Paint: Used for structural steelwork, it expands in a fire and protects the heated steel underneath.
Compartmentation is a vital part of the fire safety design of a building and seeks to divide large spaces into smaller, more manageable ones should a fire occur. Through effective compartmentalisation, you can maintain the structural integrity of your building and ensure the safe evacuation of your team members.
Why is passive fire protection important?
It prevents the spread of flames from room to room and floor to floor. Just as importantly, passive protection stops smoke and other toxins from spreading throughout the building, which can be just as damaging as fire.
Are fire doors active or passive fire protection?
Fire doors are an essential part of a building’s passive fire safety strategy. In a fire they provide compartmentation to prevent fire and smoke spread, assisting in safe evacuation and providing protection to the rest of the building.
What’s the difference between fire integrity and fire insulation?
Integrity‘ is the ability to prevent the passage of fire and smoke. ‘Insulation‘, as the name implies, is the ability to prevent the passage of radiant heat.
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