What is fire stopping?

A firestop is a passive fire protection system which seals openings and joints in fire-resistance rated wall or floor assemblies.
Correctly installed and certified fire stops restore in fire-rated walls and floors the gaps caused by the installation of cables, pipes and ducts for air-conditioning, electrical and communication systems.

If left unprotected, these openings cancel out the fire-resistance ratings of the fire separations, allowing the spread of fire past the limits of the fire safety plan of a building.

Firestop components can include intumescent and silicone sealants, fire batts, wraps, sleeves and collars, mortar and compounds, intumescent coatings, and cavity barriers.

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What is intumescent basecoat?

Intumescent products are those coatings or sealants which have been designed to swell up when heated, thus protecting the material underneath or sealing a gap in the event of a fire.

These are used throughout the fire stopping process, but also in the passive fire protection of structural steel frames, where an intumescent basecoat from PFP Ireland can provide up to 120 minutes of passive structural fire protection, insulating steel structures from the high temperatures which can be generated in fire.

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What is a CE Mark?

The letters CE are an abbreviation of Conformité Européene, or European Conformity. CE Marking on a product is a manufacturer’s declaration that the product complies with the essential requirements of the relevant European health, safety and environmental protection legislations. CE Marking of passive fire protection products ensures the quality, performance and consistency of those products.

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What is BCAR?

The Building Control Amendment Regulations 2014 came into force from the 1st March 2014. They apply to new dwellings (houses and apartments); extensions with a floor area greater than 40m2; and buildings and works that require a fire safety certificate (Part III).

Some of the key features of the Amendments were the introduction of a new role within the construction sector, the Assigned Certifier, and the introduction of a number of new certificates and undertakings.
Work relating to fire safety, including passive fire protection, must be inspected and certified by the Assigned Certifier. PFP Ireland is fully compliant with the requirements of BCAR.

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