A proactive approach to passive fire protection is required for the UK’s aging stock of high rise tower blocks, schools, care homes, hospitals and other public buildings.

The majority of passive fire protection technologies routinely installed in new build developments can be used to meet (or exceed) current Building Regulations and Approved Documents. New technologies include ablative batts and mastic insulation which can be used to fill voids that could aid the spread of fire between rooms and floors. The active intumescent ingredient chars and expands to block any fire passages.

Likewise with fire hazards such as service penetrations and construction joints, there are a range of fire stopping materials – fire collars, fire batts, fire rated sealants, intumescent sealants, fire stopping bricks and coatings, fire stopping mortar and pillows – which can be used to maintain the fundamental requirements of building compartmentation, structural stability, fire separation and safe means of escape.

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FAQs

  • How do I upgrade the fire performance of the existing concrete structure of a building I am refurbishing for change of use?

    Promat SUPALUX®, a thin lightweight board product and Cafco MANDOLITE ® CP2, a lightweight cementitious spray, can both be used to upgrade the fire performance of concrete structures. Promat SUPALUX® can be fixed directly to concrete columns to upgrade the fire performance to 120 minutes and Cafco MANDOLITE® CP2 can be spray applied to concrete columns, beams and floors to upgrade the fire performance to 240 minutes.  For more details please contact Technical Services.

     

  • I have new steelwork and don’t have much clearance for the fire protection, what options are there?

    Promat PROMATECT®-250 is a thin lightweight board product which can be used for this application to provide up to 120 minutes fire protection to steel. A single layer of 15mm PROMATECT®-250 can provide 60 minutes fire resistance to most steel sizes. It is installed as a single layer with, typically, only a 3mm gap between the steel and the casing, no additional space is required. In this instance, the fire protection to the steel would only require 20mm clearance around the steel section. For more details please contact Technical Services

  • I have a car park below my building and need to improve the thermal and fire performance of the floor, what can I do ?

    Promat TL Board® is a composite panel comprising of a non-combustible face board bonded to a high performance phenolic insulation. It is installed on the underside of concrete floors to improve the thermal performance. U-Values down to 0.15 W/m2K can be achieved using standard product and thermally efficient fixings. 

    Promat TLFR Board® is a composite panel comprising of a non-combustible face board bonded to non-combustible stone wool insulation. It is installed on the underside of concrete floors to improve both the fire and thermal performance. It is possible to upgrade the fire performance of the concrete floor to 180 minutes and achieve a U-Value of 0.20 W/m2K using standard product and stainless steel fixings.

    For more details please contact Technical Services.


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