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What is Passive Fire Protection?

Structural and passive fire protection is the primary measure integrated within the constructional fabric of a building to provide inherent fire safety and protection. In the event of fire, these measures will provide the fundamental requirements of structural stability, fire separation through building compartmentation and safe means of escape. Local building regulations will define the regional requirements for these measures

To limit and control the spread of flame, heat and smoke from a fire various structural and passive fire protection measures may be necessary. The following are some of the measures that need to be considered:

  • Structural steel protection
  • Fire walls and partitioning
  • Fire and smoke curtains
  • Fire rated ductwork and dampers
  • Fire doors
  • Fire resistant glazing
  • Intumescent sealing systems
  • Cavity fire barriers
  • Fire stopping or seals for penetration of fire barriers.