This CPD gives an introduction to the passive fire protection of structural steel. Initially outlining the importance of providing adequate fire protection and the relevant legislation and standards. After this CPD examines different methodologies, the focus being on intumescent coatings, exploring how they work, the different types available and how they are suited to different building types and environments. Finally, this CPD looks at the method of application, the role of the sub-contractor, and the factors that need to be taken into consideration to ensure that a project is completed successfully. Register now.
Passive fire protection plays a crucial role in the safe construction and maintenance of all building types. However, when it comes to offsite construction, it is a well-known fact there are numerous fire safety challenges to be considered at the outset in order to achieve a safe, compliant installation that will protect the module and its inhabitants throughout the lifetime of the structure.
In recent years, the construction industry has faced significant challenges regarding building safety, particularly in the realm of fire protection. The Grenfell Tower tragedy in 2017 exposed critical gaps in building safety regulations and sparked a nationwide call for change.
Whilst design guidance that support current Building Regulations are very much applicable to offsite construction, according to a recent technical bulletin from the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, aspects of fire safety such as compartmentation and structural fire protection present compliance challenges that are not addressed by current design guidance solutions.