Association for Specialist Fire Protection

Issue 22 - October 2015

ASFP launches new website

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) has launched a new website which features a contemporary design and improved navigation, aimed at improving the visitor experience to ensure they find the passive fire protection advice and information they need.

The newly updated site uses clear labelling to ensure that the visitor can quickly access the information they are looking for, whether this is the ASFP’s extensive range of free to download guidance documents and videos, access to events and training information, or news of ASFP and member activities.

The ASFP publications and video libraries offer in depth technical information with regard to built-in passive fire protection. Meanwhile, members can access a wealth of documents and meeting minutes through the extensive members’ area.

The site’s news section offers updates on all of the ASFP’s activities, as well as access to the ASFP e-bulletin which provides news from the Association and its members, while available seminars and training courses are detailed in the events section.

Visitors looking for tailored passive fire protection advice or wishing to locate an appropriate product or specialist contractor for their project can use the site’s member search facility to find the right product or contractor.

The new dynamic site can be viewed just as easily on mobile phones and tablets, allowing visitors to access information when on the move.

Marking the launch of the new site, ASFP CEO Wilf Butcher declared:

“Modern websites must offer a wide range of services to visitors, while at the same time ensuring they can find what they are looking for with ease, whether in the office or on the move.

"The ASFP’s new website offers a fresh design and improved navigation tools to help you to locate quickly exactly what you need. It provides easy access to an extensive range of passive fire protection guidance and technical guidance for visitors and members alike and I urge you to explore it.”

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SIG protects The Courthouse

Occupying the former site of the City of Westminster Magistrates' Court, The Courthouse SW1 is a prestigious nine storey development of 129 apartments. Constructed with the utmost attention to detail, Barratt London strived to set a new benchmark for quality by demanding the highest levels of finish and performance.

Featuring a Portuguese limestone external façade, Barratt’s exacting standards required a superior approach to fire protection – leading to the specification of the AIM Ventilated Rainscreen Barrier.

The AIM Ventilated Rainscreen Barrier (VRB) is a mineral wool and intumescent based solution for rainscreen systems which provides an effective cavity fire barrier whilst allowing ventilation and drainage of the cavity under service conditions. As an intumescent faced barrier, the VRB range will expand when exposed to fire conditions, closing the ventilation cavity to prevent the passage of fire.

Supplied by SIG Insulation, Barking and installed by stone masonry specialists, Szerelmey Ltd, AIM provided extensive technical support, which included the delivery of a fire barrier CPD presentation to the senior project team at Szerelmey

Commenting on working with AIM, John Guest, Senior Project Manager for Szerelmey Ltd  said:

“Effective fire protection on an external façade, particularly on a high rise residential development is critical. We recognise that getting the installation spot-on is crucial to ensuring this protection and products which come backed by extensive test data and robust installation procedures ultimately help reduce the risk of human error on-site.”

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Seminar focuses on steel structures

Fire engineering community leaders are staging a free seminar in central London to discuss the emerging issue of safety in steel structures.

Among the high-level speakers will be leaders from the Association for Specialist Fire Protection, the Institution of Fire Engineers, Local Authority Building Control and the Chief Fire Officers’ Association.

The keynote address will be given by Neal Butterworth, Associate Director of the fire engineering group at Arup.

The event, staged by global coatings leader Sherwin-Williams, will be held in the Godfrey Mitchell Theatre at the Institution of Civil Engineers, One Great George St on Thursday, October 22, 10am-3.00pm with lunch.

This follows a meeting of fire engineering community leaders at a Roundtable earlier in the year, which focused on the issue of responsibility for fire engineering safety in the supply chain from the architect through to the installing contractor.

For further details or to register for a place on the seminar contact Ben Hewes, tel +44 (0)1772 888400 or e-mail ben@freshfield.com

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Avesta announced as finalist in business awards

Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce announced Avesta as a finalist for its Outstanding Performing Business award at an awards dinner at the Seamill Hydro Hotel in Ayrshire on 8 October.

The award was for organisations that have demonstrated all-round excellence in business. Entrants were asked to show a strong financial performance, competitive advantage and examples of specific strategies which had driven business growth.

Established in October 2010, Avesta has grown significantly creating various specialist companies in a range of disciplines. It is now a multi-disciplined contractor and provides a wide range of services, in passive fire protection, fire risk assessment, air sealing, acoustic installations and concrete cutting.

Avesta strives to maintain strong core values, to support its local community and to educate and raise awareness of fire safety to save lives and protect heritage and culture.

Avesta Director Sharon Lobban declares:

“We are delighted that Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce has recognised the work we do. We believe that we are an asset to the Ayrshire community and to Scotland as a whole.

“We are specialists in community, business, heritage and life preservation. While you may not be able to physically see the work we have done, the safety is there, carried out to the highest standard possible, by a dedicated workforce, whose skill set and personal growth we choose to constantly support.”

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Coopers Fire achieves BS 8524 compliance

Coopers Fire has become the first manufacturer to achieve full compliance to the new British Standard BS 8524 Parts 1 & 2 for active fire curtain barrier assemblies.

The new standard, which supersedes and builds on the former fire curtain specification PAS 121: 2007, covers the manufacture of the whole system as well as its installation and maintenance. It aims to ensure that only quality assured products that perform in end use can be supplied and installed.

The standard not only tests the product for fire-resistance, but also covers every aspect of the constituent parts that make up the finished assembly; including the fabric curtain materials, the motor drive systems, its frame, and its electrical power and control systems with all associated ancillary devices.  It also places strict requirements for installation and maintenance, including recommending independent third party approvals, by UKAS-approved laboratories or certification bodies.

Mike Ward, Sales Director of Coopers Fire declares:

“Coopers Fire is proud to be the first manufacturer to achieve full compliance to BS 8524. It is a major milestone in our long and successful track record of manufacturing, supplying, installing and servicing smoke and fire curtains.

“Coopers is dedicated to advancing fire and smoke barrier curtain technology and improving ways to safeguard life and property. It offers third party certificated products that have been tested to the most rigorous standards, and is the only fire and smoke curtain manufacturer with independent third party accreditation for the installation, commissioning and servicing of fire and smoke curtains.”

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FSi appoints new managing director

FSi Limited has announced the promotion of Ben Peach to Managing Director with effect from the 1 September.

Ben has been a member of staff for 10 years. Starting as a manufacturing operative, he developed his role to be office based, rising further to sit on the board of directors. He has had a major influence in the development of the business, leading the way for the recent investments.

This progression for Ben has come from his natural ability, passion and dedication to ensuring FSi Limited is a market leader in the passive fire industry.

This exciting change in managerial structure gives FSi further focus in developing its strategy, strengthening the management team and will lead to further enhancing its portfolio of and reputation for global products in fire stopping.

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IFC Group puts customers first

IFC Group’s customer first approach, attention to detail, personal service and good value is continuing to drive growth in the UK, Europe, Middle East and Asia markets and has led to a number of new initiatives. 

By putting clients’ needs high on the agenda, IFC Certification has developed a new scheme under “Secured by Design” that complements its Doors, Window and Hardware certification. IFCC will be launching the new service at the Build Show, Birmingham on 6 October, where IFCC will also be speaking on the importance to the build industry of third party certification of installers.

Recognised as providing a ‘gold standard’ inspection and reporting service on fire doors and passive fire safety, IFC Group was also pleased to support this year’s Fire Door Safety Week.

To meet demand in the buoyant London construction market, IFC Group has opened a new office at Trafalgar Square (pictured above). This has allowed it to launch a full range of passive fire protection training courses to the London market, supplementing those held at its Princes Risborough Head Office and on client premises.

Meanwhile, Ian Woodhouse, Director of IFC Certification has been elected on to the ASFP Council and looks forward to contributing to the ongoing success of the ASFP. Well respected by his peers and the wider industry, Ian has for many years been the voice of reason, putting the needs of the industry and clients first, whilst also leading a highly experienced team that drives fire safety forward in a responsive and responsible manner.

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New Promat website puts PFP in the spotlight

Promat UK is pleased to announce the launch of its new website, providing a valuable central resource for professionals involved with specifying and implementing passive fire protection within the construction industry.

Links to additional Promat sites provide comprehensive content for tunnels, glass, marine, oil & gas and high performance insulation.

The new site reflects how, as a leader in passive fire protection and high performance insulation, Promat adopts a market-driven approach to delivering proven and cost-effective solutions.

The site features new branding, functions and content, including:
Markets: Sectors overview and information for Refurbishment, New Build, Specifiers, Builders & Contractors and Builders Merchants
Services: Value added expertise and support
Applications: Overview page plus comprehensive application details
Products: Selector and overview page plus comprehensive product details
Document Library: New search, filter and delivery options.

Comprehensive reference material, including product and application guides, technical data sheets and safety data sheets, is delivered via the new Document Library. This allows users to search and filter documents via category, application or product, with options for download, email or hard copy fulfilment.

Promat’s Technical Director, Nigel Morrey comments:

“The new website has been designed to be comprehensive, yet as easily accessible as possible. We hope visitors will come to regard it as the ‘go-to’ source for all their passive fire protection needs.

“We believe they’ll find it well suited to their needs, easy to navigate and a site that sets the benchmark for others to follow.”

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Flexible protection from ROCKWOOL

ROCKWOOL’s innovative new FIREPRO® SoftSeal system is a flexible, firestopping solution particularly suited to service penetrations and linear joints where high levels of movement need to be accommodated.

Used in both vertical and horizontal applications, FIREPRO® SoftSeal can accommodate movement of +/- 25%. It comprises a 80kg/m3 density stone wool strip pre-coated with a specially formulated FIREPRO® SoftSeal Flexible Coating, which is also available in 5 litre tubs for making good on site and coating of adjacent substrates.

Comprehensively tested, this CE marked solution comprises two types of strip. The FIREPRO® SoftSeal Linear Joint Seal is used for linear movement joints and as a ‘head-of-wall’ barrier to extend the fire resistance and acoustic performances of masonry walls that finish at suspended ceiling height, while the FIREPRO® SoftSeal Coated Strip is used where voids have been created for the passage of services.

Ancillary products to complement the FIREPRO® SoftSeal Coated Strips include FIREPRO® SoftSeal Flexible Acoustic Intumescent Sealant and FIREPRO® SoftSeal High Expansion Intumescent Sealant. 

“The FIREPRO® SoftSeal system is both very easy to handle and install, and has been developed specifically in response to market demand,” comments Matt Bromley, Product Manager at ROCKWOOL.

“Not only does FIREPRO® SoftSeal offer exceptional fire performance, of up to 2 hours, and impressive flexibility as a firestopping solution for buildings that need to accommodate movement, but it has the added advantage of being supplied pre-coated, making installation quick and easy.”

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Book now for popular BM TRADA fire safety seminar

BM TRADA, part of the Exova Group, has added an additional date to its series of free half-day fire safety seminars. The new event, the fourth to be held this year, will be take place at the University of Leeds on 3 December. With every seminar to date a sell out, BM TRADA is recommending early booking to assure a place.  

Fire Protection Measures– Understanding Your Responsibilities aims to explain the duties of the Responsible Person under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (RRFSO) and raise awareness of passive fire protection.

It provides an introduction to the legislation and explains the vital role of passive fire protection, in ensuring life safety and why correct installation and continuing maintenance is essential.

The seminar explains the importance of ensuring the competency of those involved in assessing, specifying, installing and maintaining passive fire protection measures and how third party certification can help. It also considers the role of the enforcing officer; and the consequences and costs of getting passive fire protection wrong.

The seminar is suitable for facilities and estates managers, fire and rescue services, housing associations, local authorities, hotel and guest house owners and managers of public buildings – including those in the education and health sectors.

Peter Barker, BM TRADA Senior Consultant, says:

”It’s imperative that people who assume the role of the ‘Responsible Person’ under the RRFSO fully understand what is required of them in exercising their duty – and the popularity of our seminars proves that there is a real demand for this information, which we are happy to provide.”

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SIG offers next day delivery in London

SIG’s Beckton & Sunbury-on-Thames branches are pleased to announce a next day delivery service for fire protection materials in central London.

Due to the strategic positioning and efficiencies within the branches and vehicle network, fire protection materials from leading manufacturers, including Rockwool, Promat, Ultra and Firehalt are available on next day delivery when ordered before 5pm.

 SIG understands the need for a fast and reliable delivery service, particularly in central London where there is ever increasing pressure on timed deliveries to site. SIG is therefore delighted to be able to offer this service for all customers within the M25.

In addition to this service, SIG ensures its dedicated team of Fire Protection Specialists receive continuous, rigorous training which includes ‘up-skilling’ programmes via the ASFP and development training from key fire protection and fire stopping product manufacturers, placing SIG in an excellent position to offer expert, impartial and trusted advice on the supply of fire protection products and systems.

SIG Fire Protection Specialists provide a technical advice service for all SIG Distribution customers across all brands and locations including: SIG Insulation, Interiors, Technical Insulation, Fixings, Construction Accessories, Commercial Drainage and KEM Edwards.

For next day delivery on fire protection materials, please call: East London (020 7473 9310); or West London (01932 754 700); or email fireprotection@sigplc.com

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