FIRE PROTECTION
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Passive Fire Protection Installation

CPS are experts in the design and installation of passive fire protection systems. We are certified by FIRAS for our expertise in the design of passive fire protection systems and for the quality of our work as passive fire protection installers.

Passive fire protection systems are only as strong as their weakest point so it is vital they are properly thought out and verified. We supply and install a wide selection of passive fire protection products such as the RockWool firestop range. This allows us to implement effective passive fire protection systems in almost any type of building.

What is Passive Fire Protection?

UK building regulations require that any new buildings or refurbishments take account of passive fire protection. Passive fire protection is based on the idea of compartmentalisation. This is a way of designing buildings so that fire is contained in specific areas. By slowing down the spread of fire through a building compartmentalisation allows time for people to escape and reduces structural damage so that the building is less likely to collapse. Passive fire resistance is particularly important in larger buildings such as tower blocks and in building which are likely to have high evacuation times such as hospitals. Most passive fire protection systems are rated according to the amount of time they are designed to contain a fire for.

In order to make passive fire protection systems work effectively it is vital that all holes and voids in floors, ceilings and walls are properly sealed. Where utilities such as data cables or water pipes are required to pass into a fire compartment it can create a weak spot. Using firestop systems allows us to create effective seals and barriers which will maintain the integrity of a compartment.

Intumescent Seals and Coatings

An important part of passive fire protection systems is to protect structural elements of a building from fire damage. This is especially important for structural steel which can become seriously weakened in even fairly normal fire conditions. A common way to protect these structural elements, and to plug gaps in fire compartments more generally is to use intumescent coatings and seals. Intumescent materials are designed to swell in fires, dissipating heat and protecting the materials underneath. As part of the passive fire protection design and installation service offered by CPS we can assist with the selection of the correct seals and coatings to protect your building.

Fire Protection Design

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Passive Fire Protection Design

CPS are experts in the design of passive fire protection systems. We are certified by FIRAS for our expertise in the design of passive fire protection systems and for the quality of our work as passive fire protection installers. We can design a passive fire protection system for your building project that will meet, or exceed, the latest UK building regulations.

Passive fire protection systems need to be carefully designed to ensure that the right materials are selected and that they can be installed in a satisfactory way. Depending on the type of building you have, and what it will be used for, we can design a passive fire protection to meet different fire resistance ratings.

Designing for fire protection

All buildings in the UK have to be designed with passive fire protection in mind. On a basic level this means breaking a building up into compartments which will slow down the spread of fire. With larger, and more complex, buildings such as office blocks or shopping centres there will need to be multiple compartments. When designing passive fire protection for larger buildings special attention needs to be paid to protecting structural elements such as steel beams. These will be given an extra layer of protection so that the building can maintain structural activity while a building is evacuated.

In office buildings, shopping centres and other large buildings one of the design concerns will be how to handle openings such as staircases, doors and windows. All of these openings can help to spread fire, as can openings for cables and pipes. Part of passive fire protection design is working out ways to allow these openings while still limiting the spread of fire.

Picking Passive Fire Protection Products

One of the core elements of passive fire protection design is selecting the correct products and materials. The choice of passive fire protection products will be determined both by the look and the function of a building. For instance there are many ways to protect structural steel varying from pain and coatings through to complete boxing in with fire resistant boards.

We will also look at the types of fire doors and shutters you may need as well as types of firestop materials you may need. Selecting the correct combination of products makes it easier, and cheaper, to install a passive fire protection system and to achieve the fire protection rating that your building project needs.

Fire Stop Installation

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Fire Stop Installation

CPS are experts in the installation of firestop products and systems. We have particular expertise in dealing with the RockWool range of firestop products. The correct selection and installation of firestop products is essential for passive fire protection systems to be effective. We are certified by FIRAS for our expertise in the design of passive fire protection systems and for the quality of our work as passive fire protection and firestop installers.

Passive fire protection systems are only as strong as their weakest point and this is where firestop products are installed. Without the correct selection and installation passive fire protection cannot function correctly so it is vital that you have an experienced and qualified firestop contractor like CPS to do the work.

What do firestop products do?

UK building regulations require all buildings to follow the principle of compartmentalisation. This is a core principle of passive fire protection and involves splitting your building into a series of compartments which can contain fires. The compartments will not hold fires indefinitely but should be designed and built to slow down the spread of fire long enough for a building to be evacuated and for fire-fighters to arrive.

In most modern commercial buildings there will be a need for things like phone lines, data lines, water pipes and electricity cables to run throughout the building. This means the holes have to be created in your fire compartment to allow them through. Firestop products are used to create and seal these holes in such as way that utilites can be run without compromising the integrity of a fire compartment. Often firestop products will use intumescent materials which will swell to fill gaps when exposed to fire and heat.

What firestop products are available?

There are a massive range of firestop products available. We particularly deal with the RockWool range of firestop products which cover four main areas. These are:

  • Penetration Void Fillers – used to fill gaps in fire compartments left after services have been installed.
  • Sealants and Coatings – used to seal the area around pipes and services, gaps and other openings that have been put through compartments.
  • Pipework and Trunking seals – used for specific sizes and types of pipework and services to provide the best type of seal
  • Linear Gaps and Seals – used to fill gaps in the building fabric to ensure that walls, floors and ceilings maintain their integrity.
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