Association for Specialist Fire Protection

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) will be offering a range of new guidance documents on its stand (D179) at Firex International. The documents aim to assist specifiers, building owners and contractors to install the most appropriate passive fire protection product in the correct way.

The new On-Site Guide to Installing Fire Stopping provides practical advice for contractors installing and maintaining fire-stopping. It offers general guidance on site conditions and typical pre-installation checks, as well as offering detailed practical advice on best practice for the installation of fire-stopping products including penetration seals, linear joint seals and cavity barriers.

With the aid of detailed colour illustrations it highlights applications and details factors that should be considered for pipes; cables; and other penetrations in walls and floors. Hard copies of the document will be available to visitors to the ASFP stand.

The Association will also be offering visitors to the show a preview of the new 4th Edition of the respected ASFP Red Book: Fire stopping: Linear joint seals, penetration seals & small cavity barriers; and the new 3rd edition of the ASFP Blue Book: Fire resisting ductwork tested to BS476 Part 24. 

The Red Book provides detailed technical information on the design, testing, certification and regulations pertaining to fire stopping systems. It includes a comprehensive guide to third party certificated products which are manufactured and/or marketed by members of the ASFP.

Featuring high quality images throughout, this latest edition has been updated to include descriptions of all the available types of fire-stopping. Most sections have been comprehensively revised, with information on legislation now updated to take into account Irish Building regulations and risk assessment legislation in addition to that for the rest of the UK.

The document has been extensively updated to reflect widespread fire testing to BS EN standards and the introduction of the Construction Products Regulation. Changes to the way in which products are tested and assessed are fully explained, providing details of how manufacturers can now apply for a European Technical Approval (ETA) which will allow them to CE mark their products for wider acceptance throughout the EU. Although neither CE marking, nor the obtaining of an ETA is mandatory under the Construction Products Regulation as yet, such an approach constitutes ‘best practice’ and as such is supported by the ASFP. 

Significant changes have been made to the presentation of product data sheets which have been simplified to single-page Summary Data Sheet for each product, which contain basic manufacturers’ details and brief details of the end-use application, as well as a hyperlink back to the relevant certification body website where a comprehensive certificate can be downloaded.  

The 3rd edition of the Blue Book provides details and new recommendations not previously covered in other standards or codes of practice. It contains sections on the different types of systems and their function; information on all the relevant legislation, standards and codes of practice as well as notes on penetration seals and support systems.  The book is illustrated with detailed and comprehensive diagrams for each type of fire resisting or smoke extraction ductwork.

As with previous editions, the document will include Data Sheets which provide details of fire tested duct systems that have been suitably fire tested & assessed by UKAS accredited fire test laboratories. Just like the Red Book, these have been simplified and are hyperlinked back to the relevant certification body website.

View the extensive range of ASFP Publications