Checkmate Fire Solutions’ Expansion Continues With Harlow Move

Checkmate Fire Solutions, the UK’s biggest passive fire protection specialist, is relocating its south-east office to larger premises in Harlow as a result of ongoing growth. The Yorkshire-headquartered business has been running its operations across the whole of southern England…

Cables that save lives

The recent Grenfell fire tragedy has brought to our attention that in a real life fire situation we need to know that the fire safety systems will work and continue to operate whilst the premises are evacuated and firefighters tackle…

Passive fire protection for the global oil, gas and chemicals industries

PFP coatings must perform consistently in dramatically different temperatures and working environments, writes Richard Holliday, Global Director – Hydrocarbon PFP, PPG’s Protective and Marine Coatings Business. Oil, gas and chemicals producers as well as asset owners and operators in midstream…

Fire-protective glass: An overview

Fire safety is, understandably, a primary concern for designers of today’s built environment, and glazing can play a vital role in achieving this. In this article we discuss the fire-protective glass on the market today, how to specify it in…

Why passive fire protection is key to the construction plan

With continued growth of high-rise and commercial construction across the globe, understanding the role that both passive and active fire protection should play in every new build and retro-fit has never been so important – especially when seeking the approval…

Quelfire Makes Firestopping Easier With New System Approach

Quelfire, one of the UK’s leading passive fire protection manufacturers and suppliers, has introduced an innovative approach to firestopping with a one-stop-shop system aimed at firestopping contractors as well as drylining and partitioning installers. Major benefits of the new Quelfire firestopping system are the…

Design considerations when using smoke and fire curtains

If a fire breaks out, smoke spread is by far the biggest challenge. Thick black smoke can prevent people from finding escape routes, but worse, choking poisonous fumes can incapacitate a person within 5 breaths and rapidly leads to unconsciousness…

An industry problem we can fix – misuse of firestopping products

Effective use of firestopping products is proven to play a critical role in containing fire at its source, reducing the impact of the primary building structure and helping to save lives by maximising the time available to fully evacuate the…

Are your fire doors safe and legal?

Fire doors are designed to prevent the spread of smoke, flames and toxic gases throughout a building in the event of a fire. However, when a fire door is held open, fire, smoke and toxic gases can quickly pass through…

Creating the nanocomposite approach to intumescent technologies

Whilst intumescent systems incorporating flame retardants have been widely available for many years and used broadly across the building and construction industries, the current economic and environmental climates make it more critical than ever to address the sustainability of utilising…

Containment of fire spread within combustible external cavities

Modern Building Methods may have changed but this has driven the change for improved fire protection, particularly in respect of external wall cavity fire barriers, the latest of which have been proven to outperform all of the previous types of…

Exterior wall fires on a global scale

It has been a little over a year since the notable exterior wall fire at The Address Downtown Dubai hotel. This hotel is located in the area of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper, where thousands came to enjoy…

Firestop tape – A new standard in firestopping

Firestop installers are in the life safety business. While firestopping is a key component in the overall protection of the building structure, it is also critical for protecting the lives inside the building. One of the biggest challenges in firestopping…

Fire-resistant glazing: are regulations up to date?

Fire costs the UK economy an estimated £3.5 billion per year. With glass becoming an ever more dominant material in the built environment, manufacturer Pilkington, has released a new report – The Burning Issue – to ask if the glazing…

Know-how & business – a combination that makes a competitive product

Fire-resistant glass is an extremely specialised product which requires both technological knowledge and high investment in research and in the certification process – this is not simple. For years, it has been associated with global brands or sector tycoons but…

The role of the passive fire protection installer

A well designed passive fire protection (PFP) strategy and specification are not the only considerations in adequately protecting built assets from fire. Of equal importance is the workmanship of installers and, thereafter, the maintenance team. PFP is built into the…

Trelleborg Receives UL Certification for DryFoam™

Trelleborg applied technologies operation has received UL certification for DryFoam™, a passive fire protection system designed for vapor suppression and fire prevention. Robert Kelly, General Manager of Trelleborg’s applied technologies operation in Boston comments: “DryFoam™ underwent extensive testing during the…

Membrane penetration firestop systems

What are membrane penetration firestop systems and how has the penetration firestop standard evolved to evaluate them? Recently, the ANSI/UL 1479 Standards Technical Panel (STP) drafted and adopted changes to the fire test standard ANSI/UL 1479, Fire Tests of Penetration…

Designing for passive fire protection in buildings

It is hard to over-emphasize the importance of a passive fire protection (PFP) strategy and its subsequent governance in building design. Comprising some kind of an assessment of the likely fire risks, an evacuation plan, and the means to deal…

The role of stone wool insulation in achieving passive fire protection

Due to its natural basalt rock and recycled slag composition, stone wool exhibits a number of unique and valuable characteristics, including its ability to resist fire, water and mold. With code changes, increased product knowledge and changes in building practices,…

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