As part of a complete life safety package it is important to compartmentalise and prevent the spread of fire, both within the building and to prevent the spread to adjacent buildings – demise line protection. Using Active Fire Barriers provides an economic and unobtrusive way of maintaining compartmentation of a building while retaining the gravity fail to safe characteristics of the natural ventilation system.
Working in conjunction with the vents, Active Fire Barriers can be provided with varying levels of integrity, irradiance and insulation properties to suit the overall requirements of the fire engineered design. It is important to ensure that compartmentation is correctly specified to suit the buildings requirements, escape patterns and fire response teams’ needs.
Prevention of the spread of fire through ignition or through the irradiance of heat is paramount in a successful evacuation as well as minimising damage to the existing premises. Certain situations need a specially engineered solution for the control of smoke and fire. These are either areas of high risk of ignition e.g. kitchen, plant rooms or high risk of spread of smoke and fire e.g. atria, round elevators/lifts and escalators.
Active Fire Barriers are an integral part of many such strategies and are recognised as such under the EN, UL and NFPA standards and recommendations. They provide a great deal of flexibility in the provision of demise line protection, boundary condition fires as well as full compartmentation.
Pendricks offer a service tailored to providing the right information to complete or cost a fire control strategy, advising on the various combinations of integrity, irradiance and insulation protection as well as any relevant smoke control elements. The implications of the relevant compliance are incorporated as is the effectiveness of such a solution as well as the cost and practicality.
Pendricks can devise evacuation strategies, specify compliant equipment, calculate barrier numbers and locations through the marking up of existing plans, all to meet the requirements of the proposed strategy. This includes calculating the number, type and positioning of curtains, assisting in the mark up of plans, ensuring demise line protection, advising on fire safety strategies and performing fire risk assessments.