Promat UK publishes authoritative white paper on structural steel fire protection

Published:  13 January, 2015

The most popular solutions, which include intumescent paints, board-based systems, as well as cementitious and gypsum sprays, are evaluated in the 18-page document.

‘Introduction to Making the Right Choice’ acknowledges the increasing popularity of steel structures, which now account for 70% of the available multi-storey framed market. In it, Promat shares its expertise on the passive fire protection options for this type of construction.

‘A recent poll which Promat undertook revealed that 56% of architects believe they have the largest single influence on decisions around steel frame fire protection,’ said Promat’s Business Development Director, Ian Cowley. ‘Making the correct choice is obviously vital, so our aim was to produce a document which gives the information that construction professionals need for the decision-making process.’

The findings of survey within the architectural community would indicate that appearance is the key factor when considering which system is used, followed by weather and climate conditions.

The document is structured into various sections which cover: an introduction to the subject, the challenges facing the specification community, the various fire protection options, key specification considerations, requirements for castellated/cellular beams, conducting the correct thickness checks, and a fire protection design guidance overview.

‘We wanted to assess their individual strengths and their potential drawbacks, so that people can make an informed choice,’ added Ian.

Other influencing factors such as costs, build programs, weather, curing times, plus repair and maintenance are all considered in the document.

The white paper concludes with a general overview of fire protection design.

The white paper is available for free download at: www.promat.co.uk/steel-fire-protection/default.aspx

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