The integrity of passive fire protection within a building is essential and underlines the life safety expectations within any fire strategy or means of escape process. Understanding and being confident in the ability of key elements such as doors, floors and walls to resist the passage of fire is vital when considering life safety in our built environment.
In many cases it is not practical to remove and test or, remove and replace, existing built elements within a buildings fabric and consequently, demonstrating fire resisting performance becomes extremely difficult. Such situations may come about due to the historic nature of the building, a change in use of the property, as identified by the buildings fire risk assessment or as a part of a planned maintenance program.
Our team include individuals who have significant experience inspection of installations and in fire testing and therefore have the skills to establish fire performance of existing and installed separating elements such as doors, floors and walls. Much of that experience has been gained from being directly involved in establishing fire test programs for product manufacturers through not only work with test laboratories and the subsequent provision of assessments to extend test data results, but also by providing seminars on the fire resisting performances of timber based doorsets.
By undertaking on site assessments and surveys of existing building elements, we have the expertise to provide insight into inherent fire performance against the current fire test standard or, to provide a risk-based approach to account for the fire growth expected within a specific space and the consequential ‘actual’ performance needed against the real fire condition. Whichever is considered more suitable may depend on aspects such as insurance and/or the nature of the building but either way, undertaking a survey by one of our team can prevent unnecessary demolition or replacement or, provide a determining conclusion on whether the extent of upgrades necessary are in fact, cost effective and appropriate.