What is Passive Fire Protection Installation?
Passive fire protection installation is mandatory in almost all buildings in England, as per the Fire Safety Order 2005. Most types of passive fire protection exist at a structural level of a building, meaning many people aren’t aware of their responsibilities to install and maintain it.
Its purpose is to slow or halt the spread of flames and smoke in the event of a fire, saving lives and protecting property.
What’s involved with passive fire protection installation depends on whether the building is at the design/construction phase or if it’s already built and existing measures need reviewing.
At Adaston, we
- Install new passive fire systems
- Survey existing measures
- Provide expert consultancy services
- Advice on and oversee the best practices for new build compliance
Our fully qualified in-house team works with you to create bespoke and fully compliant solutions for your specific requirements.Contact Us
The Importance of an Effective Passive Fire Protection System
Aside from being a legal requirement, an effective passive fire protection system saves lives, reduces the risk of damage to a property and minimises financial loss. Following the Grenfell tragedy and Dame Judith Hackitt’s review, new regulations are being brought in to ensure both residential and commercial buildings are safe for those who occupy them.
Installation at the Design Phase
For construction projects, the design phase is the perfect time to get your passive fire systems right, saving costly and time-consuming changes further down the line. Our installation services are carried out to the highest standards ensuring compliance with all the latest building regulations.
All work is digitally recorded to provide an accurate record along with the essential golden thread of information.
Installation in Existing Buildings
For existing buildings, we can survey the current measures and produce a report of findings and recommendations. If breaches or areas of non-compliance are identified with your current passive fire protection system, or if no safety measures have been installed at all, it’s essential to rectify this immediately.
Our exceptional attention to detail guarantees a solution for a passive fire protection system within any project.Contact Us
Scope of works and deliverables agreed • Full fire strategy of the building provided by the client • Deadlines and timetable agreed
Work as agreed in the scope is coordinated and performed • This will be delivered by our in house team who are experts in their respective field, fully accredited and insured
Finalise and issue our tailored report detailing findings from the scope of works • Adaston provide continued support and advice as required
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is Passive Fire Protection?
Passive Fire Protection (PFP) is the introduction of fire-resistant materials at a structural level within buildings to contain the spread of fire and smoke. Passive fire protection is key because it is in place at all times, providing a continuous level of fire safety. Without it, you risk both the safety of your building’s occupants and damage to the building itself in the event of a fire. Read more about passive fire protection on our blog.
Why is Passive Fire Protection Important?
Much of the passive fire protection installation happens at a structural level so people aren’t always aware of their responsibilities to install and maintain it. However, passive fire protection is essential for providing a safe environment by slowing the spread of fire. It is a legal requirement in both residential and commercial buildings, and has the following benefits:
- It maintains the integrity of your building
- It saves lives by enabling time for evacuation
- It reduces the risk of damage to a property
- It minimises financial loss
Types of Passive Fire Protection Available
Passive fire protection installation with Adaston takes many forms, from advising and installing at the construction stage to improving existing systems. The following fire safety measures are some of the core products on offer.
- Installing fire doors
- Cavity fire barriers
- Ablative fire batts
- Intumescent mastic
- Acoustic putty pads
- Fire collars and sleeves
- Intumescent acoustic putty pads
- Fire dampers
- Linear gap seals
To ensure the safest results, we only use leading UK suppliers, such as Quelfire, for any fire stopping products. You’ll receive complete O&M (operation and maintenance) packs for all works undertaken, including all relevant data sheets and testing certificates. If your inspection highlights the need for any of these, we will guide you through each step of the remediation process.
What is the Difference Between Active and Passive Fire Protection?
Active fire protection detects and attempts to put out a fire. This system includes smoke detectors and sprinkler systems which activate when they detect a fire. Passive fire protection on the other hand, prevents a fire from spreading in the first place. The key to passive fire protection is to contain the fire to a particular compartment. By containing it, it aims to suppress spread the flames and smoke, allowing occupants time to evacuate and the emergency services time to tackle it.
Can Buildings be Retrofitted?
Yes, it is possible to retrofit existing buildings with passive fire protection measures. We survey all your current measures and produce a report of findings and recommendations. Retrofitting is then a process of adding or upgrading fire protection measures based on this in-depth report to enhance the building's ability to resist and contain fire. This may involve:
- Introducing fire-resistant materials
- Adding or upgrading fire doors
- Creating fire-resistant compartments
- Implementing fire stopping measures
Our fully qualified in-house team works with you to create bespoke and fully compliant solutions for your specific requirements. Get in touch with us to survey your existing passive fire protection system.