Passive Fire Protection
Surveys

Passive fire protection is an integral part of structural fire protection and fire safety in a building. It is required in all buildings whether domestic or non-domestic.

These areas are designed to restrict the growth and spread of fire, allowing occupants to escape and offering protection for firefighters. Such protection is either provided by the materials from which the building is constructed, or is added to the building to enhance its fire resistance.

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WHAT IS PASSIVE FIRE PROTECTION?

Passive Fire Protection is a vital component of any fire strategy. It is built into the structure of a building to safeguard people’s lives and limit the financial impact of damage to buildings and their contents.

Passive Fire Protection does this by limiting the spread of fire and smoke by containing it in a single compartment, protecting escape routes for essential means of escape and protecting the building structure thereby ensuring its sustainability.

Such protection is either provided by the materials from which the building is constructed, or is added to the building to enhance its fire resistance.

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Our approach

All of our surveys are based on building regulations, the fire strategy of the building, legislation at the time of build, and, where applicable, specialist guidance such as BB100 and HTM’s.

Adaston provides a full range of passive fire protection surveying services ranging from reviewing entire estates to sample areas and specific items. Depending on the client’s needs this can be non-intrusive and visual-only or fully intrusive.

Our team of surveyors are experts in passive fire protection and have formerly held roles at FIRAS. We have experience working on all types of buildings including schools, tall buildings, hospitals, and student accommodation.

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Am I Compliant?

A compartmentation survey will discover if the correct fire separation and fire stopping has been installed to ensure that effective and compliant compartmentation throughout a building exists and is installed to an approved and tested detail as part of its overall fire strategy.

A compartmentation survey should be considered if:

  • concerns have been raised regarding the fire stopping in a building, e.g. from a fire risk assessment;
  • refurbishment or renovation of a building has taken place which could have compromised the compartmentation of the building; or
  • you are considering purchasing a building and want to perform due diligence to identify any potential issues with compliance
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Our Process

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01

Planning

Scope of works and deliverables agreed • Full fire strategy of the building provided by the client • Deadlines and timetable agreed, including any out of hours work required

02

Implementation

Attendance on site by fully accredited, DBS cleared and insured Adaston inspector

03

Completion

Finalise and issue our tailored report detailing findings from the scope of works • Adaston advise on next steps if required and provide continued support

OUR IN-DEPTH REPORTS TYPICALLY INCLUDE:

  • Executive summary that quickly tells you if any works are required using a simple Traffic Light system
  • More detailed information including details of corrective works that are required and fully referenced site plans
  • Photographic evidence and detailed descriptions of any non-compliances noted
  • Findings referenced to applicable regulations with guidance on what needs to be corrected and what is optional
  • Next steps required
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