Association for Specialist Fire Protection

Issue 32 - March 2019

ASFP to host Tall Building Fire Protection Area

ASFPThe ASFP will be hosting a Tall Building Fire Protection Area at the Fire Safety Event at the NEC on 9-11 April. Bringing together expert speakers from across the industry, sessions will consider:

Day 1: April 9 – Tall building fire safety
Speakers, including ASFP CEO Niall Rowan and Russ Timpson of the Tall Building Fire Safety Network, will consider the Government response to the Hackitt review and examine potential changes to regulation, construction and design processes; as well as what you need to know to manage fire safety in tall buildings.

Day 2: April 10 – Common tall building fire safety concerns
A range of industry experts will discuss particular areas of concern, providing advice on ensuring adequate compartmentation, and discussing cladding issues.

Day 3 April 11 – Ensuring competency of installers
Sessions will consider the vital role of competent installers in ensuring the ongoing safety of tall buildings.Niall Rowan will discuss training and qualifications, FSi will offer best practice advice for compartmentation and the correct installation and maintenance of firestopping.

Register now to ensure your space.

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ROCKWOOL adds to FIREPRO range

RockwoolROCKWOOL has added two new products to its range; the FIREPRO DuctRock Slab; and the SP FIRESTOP OSCB 60 & 120.

Tested to BS EN 1366 Part 1 & BS EN 1366 Part 8 FIREPRO DuctRock Slab provides fire resistance of up to 2 hours on both ventilation and smoke extract ducts. It is fully tested in both horizontal and vertical applications on rectangular/square ductwork in addition to dry wall and solid floor penetration details.

DuctRock Slab is supplied in three thicknesses and is classified for fire resistance ranging from EI 30 to EI 120 in accordance with BS EN 13501-3 and BS EN 13501-4. Supplied with a new high emissivity black foil, it can easily be identified and provides a smart, aesthetic finish to the ductwork.

Designed for use with ROCKWOOL RAINSCREEN DUO SLAB, SP Firestop OSCB forms an open-state cavity fire barrier within a rainscreen cavity. The product is available in two variants giving up to 60 and 120 minutes of fire performance respectively.

Each comprises of a continuous intumescent strip fixed to the leading edge of a foil faced stone wool barrier, encapsulated by a weather-resistant polythene sleeve – white for OSCB 60 and red for OSCB 120. It is suitable for overall cavity widths up to 425mm with a residual cavity of up to 44mm.

Fully tested to ASFP TGD 19, the combination of non-combustible insulation with an effective intumescent supports the construction of safe façade systems and aids the design of high-rise buildings over 18m in height.

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New Dubai furnaces accredited by UKAS

The 24-year old Dubai-based Thomas Bell-Wright International Consultants (TBW) is a privately held, UKAS accredited firm of about 100 people providing independent testing, inspection and certification (TIC) services for building construction. Over the last 10 years, the laboratory has been investing to address the growing demand for services in relation to passive fire protection.

After recently adding BS 8414 Parts 1&2, the UK test for fire propagation in cladding, two new furnaces have also been commissioned with substantial new scope added to the company’s UKAS accreditation.

The new 4m x 5m vertical and horizontal furnaces, which are both load-bearing, are now available to provide accredited testing. Enlarging the scope of accreditation for the existing 3m x 3m furnace, TBW can now offer to test coatings, HVAC ducts, penetration seals, beams, columns, floors, roofs and full curtain wall assemblies, on top of its earlier scope.

The company will continue to provide its unique multicultural scope of testing standards from the UK, EU and the US, including particularly EN 13501-1, ASTM E 84, NFPA 285 and NFPA 268 standards. The company, also a UKAS-accredited certification body, promises no let-up in its commitment to provide test reports in under a fortnight and certifications generally in under a month.

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Applus+ increases door test capability

Applus+ Laboratories has recently opened a new fire resistance laboratory in Guadalajara, near Madrid (Spain). This strategical investment has been done to cope with the expected surge in door qualifications after the approval of the new internal door standard EN 14351-2.

Applus+ Fire laboratories offers a one-stop-shop service for testing and certifying including, not only fire testing but also durability, acoustics, wind and water load, thermal conductivity and anti-burglary tests. Our service proposal is based on initial studies of ranges and standards to meet, in order to maximize qualifications with the minimum number of tests. Our technical office is capable of elaborating studies and assessments on multiple door elements to cover as many features as possible.

Our experience with EN, BS, UL and NFPA door testing standards helps us to support our customers and even, combine different tests on their door approval projects.

As a European Notification Body (number 0370), at the present time we can only offer CE marking for external pedestrian doors. As soon as internal door product standard EN 14351-3 gets harmonized by European Union members, Applus+ will be able to apply this CE mark. In the meantime, Applus+ offer the possibility to certify internal doors under our Applus Fire private mark, which is recognised in the Middle East.

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Exceptional start to 2019 for IFC

IFCWith over 30 years in the fire protection sector, our Standards & Compliance Director, Chuck Lewis was the recipient of the Member Contribution of the Year Award at December’s Passive Fire Protection Awards. Presented by the BBC’s Steph McGovern, this well-deserved accolade reflects Chuck’s continued support of the ASFP, as well as his long-serving commitment to advancing fire safety standards and his participation in numerous international technical committees.

IFC Group continues to expand its operational capacity by welcoming new team members to its ever-expanding Fire Engineering and Fire Risk Management departments. IFC Certification has also welcomed new starters as we continue to see increases in interest and enrolment in our range of third party certification schemes.

Continuing the new series of IFC Technical Notes, January 2019 saw the release of Technical Note #3 aimed at demonstrating the capabilities of producing competent Engineering Assessments. The note highlights the knowledge and experience required in this field, and touches upon the benefits and increasing importance of independent fire engineering opinion within the construction framework.

Past Technical Notes including: Orientation of Timber Fire Door Testing; and Orientation of Steel Doors can be found on the IFC website.

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Colt offers BS 8524 fire curtain

Following an exhaustive phase of rigorous testing, Colt International is pleased to announce that its Fire Curtain has been independently certified by IFC Certification Ltd (IFCC SDP11-02) to British Standard BS 8524, Parts 1 & 2.

BS 8524 is the British Standard for Active Fire Curtain Assemblies. Part 1 is the specification for the product which specifies a thorough and exhaustive regime of testing for the product itself, Part 2 is a Code of Practice covering application, installation and maintenance.

BS 8524 is important as it ensures that a fire curtain product is rigorously tested before being put on the market so that they function correctly and do not compromise fire separation or compartmentation that would otherwise be in place.

To comply with Part 1, the Colt Fire Curtain was recently sent for independent review with IFCC where it was put through all the required tests to satisfy the standard. In order to achieve full compliance, all of these tests must be passed and independently verified.

The testing regime covers reliability life cycle testing, response time, fire resistance (integrity) testing, impact testing, hot motor cycling tests and factory production control inspections. The Colt Fire Curtain was independently tested by notified test houses and witnessed by IFCC.

To demonstrate compliance with Part 2, IFCC carried out an audit of our project management, installation, commissioning and maintenance processes to ensure that our teams are fully competent to deliver a safe, robust and compliant installation.

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Avesta announces new appointment

Passive fire protection installer, Avesta Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Brendan Devine as a Senior Inspector, tasked with ensuring that all aspects of the company’s work are conducted to the highest standards; comply with regulatory and accreditation body controls; and meet manufacturers’ specifications.

Brendan’s main role will be to undertake site visits to assess internal works undertaken, as well as surveying the condition of existing buildings and liaising with clients, external consultants and other bodies. He will also assess the skill sets of the Avesta workforce, identifying training requirements and where appropriate delivering and organising training in-house.

Brendan brings over 32 years of passive fire protection experience to his new role. After working for a major passive fire protection installer company for 15 years on various projects in the UK and Europe, in 2001 he joined Warringtonfire as a site inspector, becoming a senior site inspector in 2014.

Commenting on Brendan’s appointment, Avesta Director Sharon McClure states:

“We are delighted to welcome Brendan to the Avesta team. As a company we are committed to offering the highest standards of quality and professionalism and we are sure that Brendan’s expertise will be invaluable in ensuring that Avesta’s work continues to meet the highest standards.”

“We constantly strive to raise awareness and understanding of passive fire protection and provide the highest levels of support and training, to ensure our dedicated workforce have all the necessary skills and expertise. This means we can assure clients that every Avesta installation is fit for purpose.”

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Fire Barrier Services upgrade department store

Fire Barrier Services are pleased to have delivered essential fire protection upgrade works at one of the UK’s most prestigious department stores.

Providing passive fire protection to the ground floor beauty hall, Fire Barrier Services, supplied and installed in excess of 3,000m² of GCP Applied Technologies Monokote MK-6HY fire spray system to provide 120 minute fire protection. This included application to structural steel and concrete encased beams, as well as application of Monokote MK-6HY to existing brick and concrete soffits. The works also included sealing a large number of voids in the existing concrete and terracotta flooring.

Using Monokote MK6-HY as opposed to other passive fire protection systems is preferential due to its fast setting qualities giving the advantage for over-coating in the same visit.

In addition to the structural protection works, Fire Barrier Services also carried out fire stopping and penetration sealing to the service voids and compartment walls. Using Rockwool FirePro range of fire stopping products, the performance criteria of 60 minutes of fire resistance was achieved.

Fire Barrier Services experience and supply chain relationships ensured that these essential life safety works and this project was completed on time and to schedule, all whilst the department store remained open.

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Hempel opens new R&D Centre

At the end of November 2018, Hempel opened its new state of the art Passive Fire Protection R&D Centre of Excellence just outside Barcelona, Spain.

The 3,000sqm centre was built to further support Hempel’s commitment to its mission of providing the most trusted coatings solutions to the fire protection market.

During the opening ceremony, Hempel employees and their invited customers had the opportunity to take part in a special technical seminar with some of the world’s most respected cellulosic and hydrocarbon industry experts sharing their knowledge. The guest speakers included;

- John Dunk, Director, PFP Specialists
- Fred Hervey, Global Director - PFP, Underwriters Laboratories (UL),
- Jifeng Yuan MBA, PhD, MEng, Chief Engineer, Warrington Fire Certification.
- Nikola Stoyanov, PhD, Warrington Fire Certification

These speakers covered a variety of topics such as; The Importance of Passive Fire Protection; Specification, Installation & Maintenance of Passive Fire Protection; Developments in Testing Standards and Certification in the Infrastructure and Oil & Gas Markets and Future Research and Trends.

To find out more about Hempel’s latest PFP developments visit:

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Warringtonfire creates new Global Technical Division 

To meet the continued growth in demand for its services and to maintain and develop its market leading position, Warringtonfire has established a new Global Technical Division, led by Mark Cummings, who was recently appointed as Divisional Technical Director.

The Division will focus on sharing best practise and developing the technical services available from Warringtonfire’s leading technical experts from around the globe. Particular emphasis will be placed upon developing the technical capability, delivery and scope for both its testing and product certification businesses. With 670 colleagues in the sector across the globe, task groups and committees will be established working through new technological platforms, to further harness this significant technical strength and depth.

As Divisional Technical Director, Mark, along with Peter Barker, Andrew Winning and Rob Wakefield, who have recently returned to the business, will work closely with his colleagues to help develop their areas of responsibility and establish the new division.

Rob Veitch, Executive Vice-President for Element’s Fire & Building Products sector which includes both Warringtonfire and BM TRADA said:

"With the continued development and enforcement of regulation in our sector, we need to ensure that we have both the capability and capacity to actively contribute to this, in order to meet the growing need our customers have for complex technical advice and competence. Our new Technical division will ensure that our customers receive the maximum benefit from our global team of technical experts and that we can continue to develop new certification schemes and contribute to the development of technical standards and future regulations".  

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Smoke Extract for Unite Newgate

A CE-marked Smoke Extract system, in the form of CASWELL FIRESAFE non-coated fire resisting ductwork from Firesafe Fire Rated Ductwork Ltd, has been installed at the new Unite Newgate student accommodation in the heart of Newcastle.

Newgate Court houses 575 students in Studios / en-suite bedrooms with shared kitchen & living space, over 6 floors. The property features a large reception, media room, gym, laundry and social spaces. This accommodation, by its nature, houses a large, ever-changing cohort of students from all over the world. Unfamiliar surroundings and the obvious risks of student life - including the cooking risks associated with self-catering - make it essential that a proven, reliable Smoke Extract system is specified.

The CASWELL FIRESAFE system is designed to maximise precious escape time by aiding the safe egress of occupants via protected, smoke-free escape routes. Conversely, it allows firefighters safe access to facilitate evacuation and tackle a fire.

The system meets the testing standard EN 1366-8 and conforms to the European Product Standard EN 12101-7. It was manufactured, installed and certified by FFRDL Licensed Partner, C. Caswell Engineering Services Ltd.

It is mandatory for ductwork manufacturers supplying Smoke Control ducts to draw up a declaration of performance and apply a CE-mark to their products. The legislation can appear complex and difficult to navigate but, in essence, Smoke Control ductwork must be CE-marked to meet the requirements of the Construction Products Regulations.

Life-safety demands the highest standards. Expert advice and fully-qualified installation providers are crucial. FFRDL are well-positioned to assist ASFP members with CE-marked ductwork requirements.

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Coopers Fire launch new cleanroom fire curtain

Coopers Fire’s new revolutionary FireMaster Cleanroom fire curtain offers 2 hours of fire resistance and allows designers of cleanrooms the flexibility to help create open plan environments already afforded to more traditional manufacturing facilities.

The FireMaster Cleanroom has been fire tested as part of Exova Warrington’s CERTIFIRE scheme. Additional tests for cleanroom suitability were also carried out in Germany at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation. The Fraunhofer TESTED DEVICE is an internationally renowned certification mark for products that have been objectively qualified in accordance with recognised standards and guidelines with regard to their cleanroom compatibility.

Cleanroom environments are needed in a variety of industries such as pharmaceutical, microelectronics, aerospace, food, medical and telecoms. To prevent contamination during the manufacturing process, cleanrooms place stringent controls on the level of environmental pollutants such as dust, airborne microbes, aerosol particles, and chemical vapours. This is usually specified by the number of particles per cubic metre at a specified particle size.

FireMaster Cleanroom fire curtains can be used to replace fire rated walls and doors maintaining compartmentation thus allowing for open plan designs and to protect non-fire rated walls and glazing and openings in walls. As such they can be used to protect escape routes providing time for people to escape. They can also offer property, equipment and external boundary protection.

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FSi develops C-PVC compatible sealant

FSiIn recent years, C-PVC pipes have been highlighted as an area of concern within the construction industry regarding their compatibility or more importantly incompatibility with general construction materials. FSi Ltd found many general construction materials are either not tested or incompatible with C-PVC and took steps to formulate, develop and test PyroPro HPE to overcome this issue.

PyroPro HPE Sealant is one of a small group of products within passive fire protection that has been approved by Lubrizol as FBC System Compatible. Details can be found on the Lubrizol website which lists both compatible and incompatible products.

Being FBC System Compatible is the only proven procedure to indicate that PyroPro HPE has been tested correctly, and is routinely monitored through formulation screening and rigorous physical testing. These procedures ensure its chemical compatibility with C-PVC pipes, including FlowGuard Gold, BlazeMaster and Corzan pipes and fittings.

FSi Ltd has taken these steps in order to innovate and improve product performance offering our customers a compatible solution and a lasting system for CPVC.

For more information about PyroPro HPE Sealant and the range of passive fire protection systems FSi Ltd offer visit

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UL expands Rosenheim facility

UL has expanded its testing facilities at its laboratory in Rosenheim, Germany and will soon be proud to offer accredited fire testing services for the Fire Classification of Construction Products and Building Elements for Part 1: Classification using data from Reaction to Fire Tests (EN 13501-1:2007 + A1)


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CLC protects Southampton blocks

CLC Contractors Ltd has been appointed to deliver fire safety works across 16 high rise blocks in Southampton.

With the safety of residents a top priority, Southampton City Council has embarked on a project to upgrade the fire safety of all tower blocks across the city. The project incorporates the provision of a fire suppression sprinkler system within each flat, together with associated passive fire safety works, including replacing communal corridor and stairwell fire doors and frames, flat front doors and frames and undertaking fire stopping in communal areas and flats.

This £25 million project is a working partnership between Southampton City Council, Southampton City Council Direct Works, CLC Contractors and Domestic Sprinklers Ltd, fully supported by Hampshire Fire and Rescue Services.

Having seen how quickly a fire can spread in a high rise building and the devastation and loss that occurs as a result, the fire safety works are being undertaken to give Southampton residents the comfort that their property meets current fire safety requirements; and that if a fire occurs, it will be suppressed quickly with minimal damage.

Southampton City Council have worked with industry experts to make sure works being undertaken are futureproofed against any potential changes arising from the Hackitt Report and Grenfell investigations.

This innovative project, which will be conducted with residents in occupation, minimises resident disruption by providing a comprehensive fire safety scheme undertaken as a single project and can be replicated by social housing providers nationwide.

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Actionair upgrade boosts fire safety

Actionair’s Actionpac LNS5 provides the ability to manage multiple dampers from a single interface without the need for additional hardware. A dedicated panel can monitor damper end switches and does not assume that, simply because power has been removed, the dampers have reached a failsafe position.

LNS5 employs a solid-state embedded computer for reliability and is simple to use and install. It is based around a two-core network cable that communicates with the local interfaces at each damper. This significantly reduces wiring costs compared to conventional hard-wired solutions.

Heat and smoke detectors can be fitted directly into the damper interface, either to control the damper to which it is fitted or other dampers within the system. It can also be linked to a local test switch enabling dampers to be conveniently and easily tested remotely or via the test function available at the panel. The system can also be scheduled to automatically test dampers on a regular basis and provides remote access for checking and maintenance.

Conventional systems simply shut every damper in the building in the event of a fire whereas the LNS5 offers control of each individual damper. This allows system designers to provide users with a more strategic and targeted approach for fire compartmentalisation, pressurisation and smoke extraction.

Actionair Business Unit Director Andrew Collard comments:

“There is growing awareness across the UK building sector of the need to provide a more flexible and sophisticated approach to fire and smoke control.”

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ASFP announces passive fire protection training dates

The ASFP has announced several new Spring and Summer dates for its Foundation Course in Passive Fire Protection. The 7-day classroom-based courses will take place in Leeds, commencing on 21 March; East Midlands and Dublin starting on 9 April and Watford commencing on 11 June.

The courses offer a foundation in fire safety and fire science as well as units on different forms of passive fire protection. Individuals who undertake the training can study towards an examination leading to a Level 3 qualification in Passive Fire Protection provided by the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) awarding organisation, which is regulated by the qualification regulators Ofqual and CCEA.

The courses are suitable for all involved in the construction industry from designers and specifiers to contractors and specialist installers, as well as building owner occupiers and enforcement agencies. It is aimed at individuals either directly engaged in passive fire protection or those who need to develop an understanding of the passive fire safety systems such as managers and technical supervisors working in passive fire protection roles such as technical sales staff, designers and fire risk assessors.

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Register now for Firex International 2019

Registration is now open for Firex International, Europe’s leading fire prevention, detection and protection event. See the most innovative fire prevention & detection products, emergency lighting solutions, suppression systems and more in action on 18-20 June 2019 at ExCeL London.

Over 100 exhibitors have already confirmed including ASFP members Rockwool, Coopers Fire, Smoke & Fire Curtains, London Fire Solutions LLP, Hempel, FSi and InproEurope.

Register here for free

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