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.
Passive fire protection is built into the structure of buildings to separate the building into areas of manageable risk – compartments. This includes fire doors, intumescent coatings to structural elements, fire rated walls and floors, cavity barriers and fire curtains.
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.
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 buildings compartmentation; or
- you are considering purchasing a building and want to perform due diligence to identify any potential issues with compliance.
Adaston provide 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.
All 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 HTM. Our in-depth reports are tailored to the client’s needs, are easy to understand and include:
- Executive summary detailing if any further actions are required and the severity of these using a ‘traffic light’ system;
- An assessment if any remedials are identified on whether these are needed from a compliance or best practice perspective;
- Photographic evidence and detailed descriptions of any non-compliances noted; and
- Detailed site plans with locations of non-compliances marked.
Our surveyors are experts in passive fire protection and have formerly held roles at FIRAS. They have experience working on all types of buildings including schools, tall buildings, hospitals and student accommodation.
We provide independent, impartial and detailed surveys with our vision to protect the integrity of Britain’s buildings and safeguard those who live and work within them.