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It is critical that modern buildings are designed to take into account all relevant design fire scenarios. Both passive and active systems need to be tested accordingly, and with little margin of safety for failure, specified and installed correctly.

Modern high-rise constructions may well push the design envelope and change the landscapes across our cities, but the consequences of fire spread in very tall buildings are extremely high. While acceptable levels of risk need to be proactively identified, it is critical that buildings be designed accordingly, taking into account all relevant design fire scenarios. Both passive and active systems need to be tested accordingly, and with little margin of safety for failure, they should be specified and installed correctly. It is ultimately a collective decision between a team of people - from the designer to the mechanical engineer, the fire risk assessor to the security specialist.

Fire should not be considered in isolation and in any design, all credible scenarios –whether evacuation, containment, fire resistance or suppression – must be considered as a part of a holistic safety strategy. While it is all very well having a theoretical or documented fire engineering strategy, the reality on sites is that there is often a disconnect between the design, specification and installation phases, which raises questions about the ultimate effectiveness of the strategy in the first place.

New fire code

In a bid to bring rules in line with global standards, new national fire regulations have recently come into effect in the UAE with the publication of the new Fire and Life Safety Code of Practice. This updated code is welcomed by the industry and takes a robust and comprehensive view on fire safety standards at all stages of construction. The code has placed greater requirements on curtain walling and cladding products, and introduces a thorough list of tests that must be conducted. While it represents in itself a challenge to all stakeholders, there are new stringent requirements with respect to installation and the quality of workmanship. It’s vital that all installations are ‘as-tested.’

High-rise and super high-rise equates to greater risk so it is imperative that systems that go into these buildings are tested accordingly, in the most demanding way, because there is little margin for failure. Of course, it is possible to test well. However unless the installation replicates that, you are introducing risk.

In the past, elements that are designed specifically to mitigate the fire are invariably left out or not actually installed properly. One particular element is the perimeter firestop which was often not installed correctly or there was a lack of compartmentation measures within large uninterrupted cavities behind cladding systems.

While the tough new regulations in Dubai, which are designed to prevent fires in high-rise towers, will certainly reduce risk and improve safety, it will be a challenge to the market to respond to these changes because contractors and consultants will be personally accountable for effective selection and use of materials.

Manufacturer perspective

For a company that is renowned internationally for its diverse range of fire-stopping insulation solutions, SIDERISE has a unique insight into the industry and the code. The company offers a range of innovative and industry-leading passive fire protection systems which provide compartmentation in high-rise buildings.

Commenting on the new revised code, Steve Swales, Chief Commercial Officer at SIDERISE said: “We have witnessed a large interest and uptake in system testing and have been involved in numerous tests to the various permissible standards.”

With respect to the fire performance of non-load bearing external cladding systems – whether applied to the face of building or fixed to and supported by a structural steel frame - SIDERISE has been involved in fire performance testing to the US standard NFPA 285 and British standard BS 8414 Parts 1 and 2, both of which are permissible with respect to the new UAE Fire and Safety Code of Practice.

This testing has been carried out by cladding panel suppliers of all types including aluminium cladding material and aluminium composite panel providers (ACP) – and separately in conjunction with thermal insulation stakeholders.

“The market has been stimulated to ensure that all systems are code-compliant,” added Steve Swales. “There has also been a rigorous evaluation of compliant barriers which fit within the various systems.”

Compliant solutions

The code states that cavity barriers shall be incorporated into façade design at every floor, horizontally and vertically, to restrict flame spread. There is also specific performance and location requirements including where the cavity is a necessary part of ventilated façade design and needs to be maintained.

In this case, ‘open-state’ cavity barriers are used which comprise advanced intumescent materials that allow ventilation and drainage in the cold state, but close in a fire, providing separation in the cavity. These have typically been included as horizontal barriers in recent tests for open joint cladding systems, in conjunction with full width seals used as vertical cavity barriers. In other closed-joint panel system tests, where there is no ventilation requirement, SIDERISE cavity barriers used both horizontally or vertically are full width seals which have also been tested with respect to the code.

While the new code will not be applied retrospectively, when existing buildings undergo maintenance, any cladding or system which is non-compliant to the current code will provide an opportunity to install compartmentation measures using cavity barriers, such as those provided by SIDERISE which lend themselves to retrospective installation.

It is recognised that the spread from floor-to-floor and over the façade of a building can lead to catastrophe. As well as providing greater requirements on curtain walling and cladding products all building products and systems will have to be independently tested, audited and certified by approved third party bodies. The code will also place new responsibilities on building owners to maintain the life safety measures within their buildings.

Once a fire safety strategy is in place, it needs to be managed and maintained through the life of the building, a crucial consideration when you consider a building occupier might change the building fabric or materials. Unless the strategy has ongoing review, every change to the building can potentially increase risk and jeopardise life safety.

With 40 per cent of fatalities (according to the DCLG) being a result of smoke and noxious gases, Siderise’s Chris Hall considers the importance of passive fire protection in high-rise buildings to mitigate the effects of fire to save lives.

When you consider that asphyxiation from smoke and noxious gases accounts for more than 40 per cent of fatalities (according to the DCLG) and that most deaths happen to people who were not in the room where the fire originated, it is easy to see why firestops are critical to prevent the passage of flames and noxious gases from one floor to the next. Chris Hall, Commercial Development Officer of SIDERISE feels that passive fire protection solutions play a vital role in high-rise buildings mitigating the effects of fire, saving lives and property.

Fires in high-rise buildings generate large quantities of smoke that tend to spread vertically throughout the building, even if the fire is contained to only one room. Smoke travels at up to 130 metres every minute and whilst most people can easily move at this rate in normal circumstances, the majority of survivors of fires stated that smoke restricted their ability to see to no more than 4 metres. 

When the linear gap at perimeter edge between the floor and curtain wall is not properly sealed, flames and smoke will spread vertically to higher floors. Addressing these linear gaps by properly installing firestops, maintains the floors fire compartmentation of the building. This delays vertical smoke-spread and reduces the risk of smoke-related deaths in the upper floors of the building.

Safe solution

The Perimeter barrier firestops seal the linear gap between the edge of the compartment floor slab and external curtain wall. Due to project designs and site tolerances, this linear gap can be variable, so the firestop system used needs to have a degree of ‘dynamic’ movement capability – compression and recovery – in order to accommodate serviceability movement. What is critical is the firestop system must do this in combination with the primary functional requirement, which is to maintain continuity of fire resistance between the compartment floor and the external wall. The installed firestop system needs to match the same period of fire resistance as the compartment floor.

All firestop systems need to be tested to two criteria – Integrity and Insulation (EI).

Integrity (E) refers to the ability of the system to prevent the passage of flame, smoke and combustible gases either through, around the material or through joints in an assembly; while Insulation (I) refers to a measure of the increase in conducted heat transferred from the exposed to unexposed surfaces of 180°C rise above ambient.

These two criteria are critical in the development of curtain wall perimeter firestop products. The most effective products combine a number of material features – density, thickness, resin content, fibre structure and controlled compression – which together determine the resistance properties.

When looking at the Integrity (E) criteria, the material chosen must be impervious to the transfer of flame and gases, easy to install with minimal site management and accommodate all real-world requirements at interfaces, joints and details.

In order to meet the fire and smoke stop requirements in all external façade applications, the Certifire Approved SIDERISE CW-FS perimeter barrier and firestop systems offer an unrivalled combination of fully-qualified performance, practical installation and service benefits.

The principal function of the SIDERISE CW system is to maintain continuity of fire resistance by sealing the linear gap between the compartment floors or walls and external curtain walls both horizontally and vertically.

SIDERISE perimeter barriers and firestops for curtain wallinguse a patented method of manufacture that provides a resilient lateral compression. This facilitates installation, ensures the requisite tight fit and enhances fire Integrity (E). Throughout the range, the materials comprise a one-piece product with a pre-compressed non-combustible stonewool core. The products also have integral aluminium foil facings to provide an overall Class A1 rating and excellent resistance to the passage of smoke. SIDERISE CW-FS perimeter barrier and firestop systems also offer an unrivalled combination of independent third party Certifire approved performance data for both horizontal and vertical applications, Certifire Certificate No CF563 refers.

The systems can offer tested fire rating options ranging from 30 minutes to five hours and can accommodate void widths up to 1200mm. In addition to providing an effective seal against the passage of smoke and fire, the products will also function as an effective acoustic barrier and plenum lining.

Sealing the voids

At the $135 million Al Fattan Crystal Towers, recently completed at the Dubai Marina in the UAE, fire safety was paramount in a development which houses hotel rooms, suites and residential apartments.

With both vertical and horizontal fire compartmentation requirements, the specification of SIDERISE CW-FS 120 firestops provided the contractor Cladtech with a one-stop-shop solution that could maintain a fire and smoke seal in one product and could successfully fill lineargaps at the podium levels in excess of 300mm.

For the two towers, Cladtech installed 12,000 LM of SIDERISE CW-FS 120 firestops including horizontal (floor slab) and vertical compartmentation. With the timeline on the project critical, the use of this dry fix system enabled the work to be completed quickly and efficiently, ready for handover to subcontractors.

Throughout the application, SIDERISE provided comprehensive support including drawing assistance, liaison with the authorities for approval, installation training and periodic site inspection and assistance.

Whilst specifying the correct product is vital, the quality of installation is equally as important. Contractors installing life saving measures such as perimeter barriers and firestops must have adequate training on the particular manufacturer’s products and be qualified to install it in the first place. When it comes to saving lives and protecting businesses and property, a well designed and installed system can make the difference.

For further information about SIDERISE, or for technical advice, contact the SIDERISE

The year may be drawing to a close but the SIDERISE team is as busy as ever. This month the team is headed to Kolkata to present and exhibit at the Zak World of Facades India event.

The year may be drawing to a close but the SIDERISE team is as busy as ever. This month the team is headed to Kolkata to exhibit at the Zak World of Facades India event.

Sreenivas Narayanan, the new Sales and Business Development Officer for the Middle East and India, will be presenting at the event on 'Point fixed hardware - The selection process'. His presentation will focus on:

  1. The importance of slab edge perimeter fire barrier for curtain wall

  2. Fire performance – Insulation and Integrity

  3. SIDERISE CW-FS

  4. The importance of installation and compliance

  5. Understanding façade acoustics

  6. Siderise solutions for façade acoustics

Visitors to the event will also have the opportunity to explore a range of products including SIDERISE CW-FS Perimeter Barriers and Firestops for Curtain Walling  and Open State Cavity Barriers used in rainscreen cladding applications. A variety of innovative acoustic solutions for facades will also be showcased including SIDERISE Mullion and Transom inserts.

As always the SIDERISE Facades team will be on hand and happy to discuss projects that you are involved in and passive fire protection and noise control systems that your projects may require.

Now in its 25th edition, Zak World of Facades is an International conference series on the subject of façade design & engineering. The conference will take place on Friday 18 November at the ITC Sonar hotel.

To register and find out more about the event visit www.facades.ind.in

If you are unable to attend this event you will have the opportunity to meet the team at the Zak Doors and Windows exhibition in New Delhi which takes place in December.

The SIDERISE team is heading to Singapore this month to exhibit its products at the Zak World of Facades inaugural South East Asia event. The event will take place on Thursday 13 October at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel.

The SIDERISE team is heading to Singapore this month to exhibit its products at the Zak World of Facades inaugural South East Asia event/ The event will take place on Thursday 13 October at the Marina Bay Sands.

At the event, SIDERISE will also be looking for a new Singapore based Distributor Partner. Steve Swales, Chief Commercial Officer, commented “This is an exciting time for SIDERISE and based on the company’s growth plans and our success in markets in the UK, Ireland, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and India, we are now looking to appoint a new Partner Distributor in Singapore. It’s a great opportunity for a new distributor to come on board.”

Distributors that are interested in this opportunity are invited to come along and speak to Steve at the event. You can find out more about the opportunity here http://bit.ly/2dAn71O

Zak World of Facades, now in its 23rd edition globally, has already proved a great success in the Middle East and South Asia, and the event organisers are very happy to be holding their inaugural South East Asia event in Singapore.

If you are attending the event come along and meet the SIDERISE Facades team and discover all the innovative fire-stopping and acoustic insulation solutions for facades. A brochure on fire safety and noise control for facades will also be available.

If you are unable to attend but would like to find out more about SIDERISE and its passive fire protection and noise control systems for facades contact our Facades team for further information.

SIDERISE has just launched its new installation guidance video for its ‘Open State’ horizontal and vertical cavity fire barriers.

SIDERISE has just launched its new installation guidance video for its ‘Open State’ horizontal and vertical cavity fire barriers.

SIDERISE RH ‘Open State’ horizontal cavity barriers have been specifically designed to meet the requirements for cavity fire barriers used in drained and ventilated facades. These barriers ensure that the system will drain any moisture whilst maintaining airflow. In the event of fire they provide an effective hot smoke and fire seal.

SIDERISE RV vertical cavity barriers for rainscreen cladding are used to full fill the void between the external envelope and the internal structure. Their unique stonewool lamella core construction enables them to accommodate the serviceability movement that’s normally associated with rainscreen facades.

The new installation guidance video provides step by step guidance on how to install both the horizontal and vertical cavity fire barriers and is now available on the SIDERISE website, and the company YouTube channel.

The video forms part of the wide range of Site Services that the Facades technical team offers to customers to ensure that everything runs smoothly, from product selection to final installation.

To find out more, download our SIDERISE Site Services brochure, or contact a member of our Facades team.

Leading manufacturer of fire, acoustic and thermal insulation products SIDERISE has launched its product range through the NBS National BIM Library.

Leading manufacturer of fire, acoustic and thermal insulation products SIDERISE has launched its product range through the NBS National BIM Library.

The SIDERISE BIM object range includes fire safe and acoustic insulation solutions for curtain walling and ventilated facades, and solutions for building interiors.

BIM objects available to download through the BIM Library meet the internationally-recognised NBS BIM Object Standard . The library is free to use and is the only BIM object library that links directly to NBS specification software and to the NBS BIM Toolkit – an essential requirement for Level 2 BIM.

BIM (Business Information Modelling) is set to digitally revolutionise the construction industry through information modelling, information management and team cohesion.

Visit the National BIM Library to view SIDERISE products and download the BIM objects.

Siderise’s Chief Commercial Officer, Steve Swales, will be presenting at Kingspan Insulation’s Rising High– Facades and Fire Safety seminar which takes place on Tuesday 13 September at The Building Centre, in London.

Siderise’s Chief Commercial Officer, Steve Swales, will be presenting at Kingspan Insulation’s Rising High– Facades and Fire Safety seminar which takes place on Tuesday 13 September at The Building Centre, in London.

The complimentary seminar will focus on the routes to compliance for facades incorporating rigid phenolic insulation on buildings with a habitable storey 18m, or greater, above ground level. Steve Swales’ presentation will address the functional, testing, installation and inspection requirements of “open state” cavity barriers, and the importance of considering all of these factors in constructing compliant structures.

SIDERISE partner with Kingspan Insulation, and the wider industry, to produce appropriate systems that provide effective fire and smoke compartmentation in ventilated and non-ventilated facades. We are delighted to support Kingspan in providing stakeholders with appropriate information and guidance.

The programme includes presentations given by:

  • Dr Janet Murrell (Exova)
  • Steve Evans (Building Control Alliance)
  • Steve Swales (Siderise)
  • William Jones (Kingspan Insulation)

 Find out more about the event here http://bit.ly/2bEKlVJ

SIDERISE launches new installation guidance video for CW-FS: A video is now available on the SIDERISE website and the company YouTube channel that provides step by step guidance.

SIDERISE CW-FS perimeter barriers and firestops for curtain wall facades comprise an extensive range of solutions that meet fire and smoke stop, and sound barrier requirements in all architectural cladding panel applications.

The primary function of these Certifire approved systems is to maintain continuity of fire resistance by sealing the void between the compartment floors or walls and the external curtain wall both horizontally and vertically. It is thanks to the products’ unique structure, created through a patented method of manufacture, that they provide unrivalled movement performance and are both quick and easy to install.

A video is now available on the SIDERISE website and the company YouTube channel that provides step by step guidance on how to install SIDERISE CW-FS.

The video forms part of the wide range of Site Services that the Facades technical team offers to customers to ensure that everything runs smoothly, from product selection to final installation.

To find out more, download our SIDERISE Site Services brochure or contact a member of our Facades team.

Leading manufacturer of firestop and acoustic barrier insulation systems SIDERISE is set to highlight its capabilities and exhibit its expansive range of products at the inaugural Windows Doors and Facades Event in Dubai from the 18-20 September.

Leading manufacturer of firestop and acoustic barrier insulation systems SIDERISE is set to highlight its capabilities and exhibit its expansive range of products at the inaugural Windows Doors and Facades Event in Dubai from the 18-20 September.

Held at the Dubai World Trade Centre, this must-attend new trade show will bring together architects, interior designers, developers, facade consultants and fabricators from across the region to source local and international products, network with like-minded peers and learn from experts.

For the three day event representatives from SIDERISE will be available on Stand A59 in Za'abeel Hall 5 to engage with customers old and new and answer queries about the company’s innovative and industry leading firestop and cavity barrier systems.

Commenting on the event, Chris Hall, Commercial Development Officer at SIDERISE said: “We are looking forward to participating in this debut event, meeting key players within the industry and being able to showcase a variety of fire-stopping and noise control insulation solutions for facades.

“It’s a great opportunity to raise the profile of the company and show its commitment to this region. The Middle East represents a growing market for us,” added Chris.

The exhibition will open with The Middle East Facades Summit centred around the theme, ‘innovation, efficiency, security and quality control in facade design and engineering’, which will feature two distinctive keynote speeches delivered by government representatives outlining the latest updates to fire and safety codes, and offering insight on sustainability in design.

Joining Chris Hall at the event will be Sreenivas Narayanan, Sales and Business Development Officer at SIDERISE for the Middle East and India.

For more information on Windows, Doors and Facades 2016 visit www.windowsdoorsandfacadeevent.com

For further information about SIDERISE or for technical advice visit www.siderise.com or call 01656 730833

SIDERISE will be exhibiting at the Zak World of Facades event which takes place in New Delhi, at the Hyatt Regency, on Friday 2 September.

SIDERISE will be exhibiting at the Zak World of Facades  event which takes place in New Delhi, at the Hyatt Regency, on Friday 2 September.

Visitors to the event will have the opportunity to meet the SIDERISE Facades team and view a variety of fire-stopping and noise control insulation solutions for facades. A brochure on fire safety and noise control for facades will also be available.

The event, now in its 16th edition in India, provides a forum to discuss the latest innovations and challenges in the construction industry pertaining to the building envelope and showcases the latest technological solutions.

If you are unable to attend but would like more information on SIDERISE and its passive fire protection and noise control systems for facades, please contact our Facades team.

SIDERISE is heading to Bengaluru, India to present at the next Zak World of Facades conference which takes place on Friday 15 July at the ITC Gardenia.

SIDERISE is heading to Bengaluru, India to present at the next Zak World of Facades conference which takes place on Friday 15 July at the ITC Gardenia.

Steve Swales, Chief Commercial Officer for SIDERISE will be presenting on ‘Perimeter Barrier Fire Stop Systems for Curtain Walls’. The presentation will focus on:

  • Guidance on compliant specification

  • Insight to current testing methodology

  • Clarification on different methods of installation and associated risks

The SIDERISE team will also be showcasing a variety of fire-stopping and noise control insulation solutions for facades. Visitors to the event will have the opportunity to meet the team and view these solutions during the networking breaks. A brochure on fire safety and noise control for facades will also be available.

Unable to attend the event? Contact our Facades team for information on SIDERISE and its passive fire protection and noise control solutions.

The Siderise Group has reached a significant milestone in the company’s history, celebrating 25 years of designing and manufacturing world leading acoustic, fire and thermal insulation solutions at their factory in Wales.

The Siderise Group has reached a significant milestone in the company’s history, celebrating 25 years of designing and manufacturing world leading acoustic, fire and thermal insulation solutions at their factory in Wales.

From the production facility on the Forge Industrial Estate in Maesteg which opened on 1st June 1991, SIDERISE has grown to become the insulation specialist of choice for many major companies with its diverse range of fire-stopping insulation and acoustic solutions being renowned internationally.

A pioneer in the industry the company has heralded a number of industry firsts. This includes the development of the world’s first single sheet firestop and cavity barrier systems. These innovative and industry-leading passive fire protection systems provide compartmentation in high rise buildings.

Other innovations include the company’s perimeter barrier curtain walling firestop, the first to market internationally, and their technical expertise led to the development of the first reactive solution for ventilated facades within Europe. Structural fire safe panels for bonded composite panels and a range of open state cavity barriers for rain screen facades are a direct result of the company listening to customer’s needs and then engineering solutions to exactly match their requirements.

SIDERISE products have been used on a number of high profile projects across the globe. From meeting the rigorous standards at the Athlete’s Villages for both the 2000 and 2012 Olympics in Sydney and London, to the prestigious Canary Wharf Development as well as hospitals, government and pharmaceutical buildings, the company’s fire protection and acoustic solutions are simple in concept, simple to use and simple to install.

Commenting on the anniversary, Steve Swales, Chief Commercial Officer of SIDERISE said: “This 25 year milestone is testament to all our staff, our innovation and an approach to lean manufacturing. Our people are key to our growth and their engineering prowess and exacting standards have led our company to where we are today.”

And through its partnership with Dublin-based distributor TIDL the company’s Lamatherm products have featured on a number of high profile projects in Ireland including both the Hewlett Packard factory and Google offices.

“The façade sector has traditionally delivered stable growth and following our success with Middle East projects such as the King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh, we are planning to expand into more export markets, notably across Central Malaysia and India, two of our key areas for future growth,” added Steve Swales.

The group looks forward to the continued success of the SIDERISE brand over the coming months and years.

For further information about SIDERISE or for technical advice visit www.siderise.com or call 01656 730833

Over 170 delegates attended the Siderise Group/BRE “Facades” conference on the 13 January at BRE Watford. Internationally renowned presenters focused on two main topics - Fire Safety and Acoustic Behaviours of facades

Over 170 delegates attended the Siderise Group/BRE “Facades” conference on the 13 January at BRE Watford. The full day event included technical papers, presented by internationally renowned presenters from a range of stakeholders and focused on two main topics, Fire Safety and Acoustic behaviours of facades.

BRE gave insights into BS 8414 testing and their new third party accreditation scheme, whilst Arup, Priedemann, and the Building Control Alliance gave their own unique perspectives on façade design, construction, certification and installation. Clarke Saunders Acoustics shared their views on façade design in respect of acoustics. Niall Rowan, Technical Officer of the ASFP, presented a paper on fire testing for cavity barriers and firestops. The Siderise Group also shared with the audience its full range of design, manufacture and on site services.

The conference attracted a diverse audience, with delegates from design, manufacture and installation all sharing and exchanging valuable insights and ideas. The event also attracted interest from overseas with visitors from Europe, the UAE, and India, underlining the international nature and the common challenges of the facades industry.

The Siderise Group, a specialist in this arena for over 35 years, is proud to be able to contribute to industry development by organising this event, and will look to continue to be a market-leading contributor in respect of fire and acoustic solutions.

For further information on SIDERISE Facades products and services contact our .

Andy Kay, Global Facades Manager for Siderise, considers the devastating effects of the spread of fire and smoke in tall buildings and discusses how prevention through passive fire protection can save lives.

The following article was published in Windows & Façade Magazine - Fire & Safety Issue, January/February 2016.

The possibility of a fire in a tall building is always an emotive subject as the potential for loss of life is that much higher. Towering Inferno was one of the most popular movies of the 1970’s and the image of people gambling on the smallest chance of survival by jumping rather than been burned alive was an extremely powerful one. Unfortunately, fantasy all too often mimics real life and there is a long history of fatal fires in tall buildings dating back well over 60 years.  In 1946 a fire in the Winecoff Hotel1, Atlanta GA cost 119 lives, many as a result of jumping.  Other notable disasters such as the  Joelma Building1 in São Paulo, Brazil (179 deaths), Hotel Dupont Plaza1 in San Juan, Puerto Rico (97 deaths) and the Garley Building1; in Hong Kong (41 deaths) have made those responsible for building codes and regulations around the world sit up and take note.

India has also suffered its fair share of high rise fires.  Mantralaya is the administrative headquarters of the state government of Maharashtra2 in South Mumbai and in 2012 a faulty electrical circuit led to a fire in the 7 storey office block that killed 5 people and injured more than 20.  A major blaze broke out on the 21st floor of Lotus Business Park3 in Mumbai in 2014 and 21 firemen were stranded on the rooftop for several hours before finally being rescued.  One fireman unfortunately lost his life and the incident led to charges of negligence being levied against the owners, developers, occupiers, secretary, chairman and manager of the building.  Another Mumbai tragedy occurred in June 2013.  4 people were killed and 13 seriously injured when fire swept through the 14 storey IndusInd Bank3 building.

The most common cause of death in a fire is through smoke inhalation rather than the flames themselves.  Suffocation from smoke and noxious gasses account for more than 80% of fatalities.  Smoke travels at up to 130 metres every minute and whilst most people can easily move at this rate in normal circumstances, the majority of survivors of fires stated that smoke restricted their ability to see to no more than 4 metres.  The majority of fatalities happen to people who were not in the room where the fire originated.  In 1996 a fire in Dusseldorf airport2 terminal building led to 7 people dying from the inhalation of noxious gasses.  They were all in a VIP lounge some 400 metres from the seat of the fire and were not even aware that the fire had occurred.  The smoke had travelled along ventilation ducts from the terminal to the lounge.  In all, 17 people died in the airport fire.

A key area of concern when it comes to fire and smoke spread is the gap maintained between a building slab edge and a façade designed to accommodate the movement of the structure.  The perimeter barrier firestop systems required in cladding systems vary dependant on the façade type.  In a curtain wall system the perimeter barrier sits behind the façade, between the edge of the building slab and the façade itself.  Its purpose is to act as a continuation of the floor slab right up to the façade whilst allowing for dynamic movement that can be caused by a number of differing factors.  Typically the taller the building, the more movement will need to be accommodated.  The installation of a perimeter barrier that cannot cope with the continual stresses imposed by positive and negative wind loads will eventually lead to a breakdown in the fire compartmentation measures designed to prevent the passage of flames and noxious gasses from one floor to the next.  The use of incorrect materials such as glass wool being used as firestops can also lead to unnecessary fire spread.  Glass wool has a melting point of 680° and so will not perform when an average fire reaches the peak temperatures of between 900° and 1200°.

Sprinklers are a vital component in restricting fires in tall buildings.  However, they should not be seen as an alternative to adequate passive fire protection measures.  Sprinklers often fail to fully extinguish a fire but will stop breakout through glazing components.  In these circumstances, a rapid increase in pressure occurs and smoke is then forced under pressure through any gaps.  The passive firestops tend to be even more critical in protecting lives and property in these circumstances.

So what are the key considerations when designing the perimeter barrier and firestop requirement?

  • The product should be tested to a recognised test standard to not only prove its ability to prevent the spread of flame but also its performance with regards to resisting a rise in temperature on the non fire side.  All products should be capable of equal fire insulation and integrity ratings.  These will normally be 120 minutes.
  • The product should be installed under compression and must have test evidence to show that it is capable of accommodating movement of a façade.  It is imperative that the installed seal is able to function effectively with due regard to all designed movement serviceability limits.  Curtain walling and cladding façade systems will deflect due to positive and negative windloads as well as occupational live loads.  These criteria are covered by EN 13116:2001.  Typically, a project may stipulate that the curtain walling system may have the following allowable deflection limits:

Under the declared wind loads the maximum frontal deflection of the curtain walling’s framing members shall not exceed L/200 or 15mm, whichever is the less, when measured between the points of support or anchorage to the building’s structure in compliance with EN 13116. [Extract from EN 13830]
These factors may inevitably combine to preclude the suitability and therefore, use of certain systems e.g. high density material slab products.

  • Perimeter barriers must be installed to provide horizontal compartmentation at every floor level.  Vertical cavity barriers should be provided as a minimum to fall in line with any compartment wall and more frequently if dictated by the fire strategy of the building.
  • Products should be fitted tightly around all bracketry to restrict the passage of smoke.  Where there is potential for gaps, the product must be sealed with a sealant that carries the same fire insulation and integrity rating as the perimeter barrier.
  • All installations should be in accordance with manufacturers’ instructions and where fixing brackets are required these should be fitted and spaced in accordance with a certified fire test report.
  • Products used for fire safety installation should carry an independent third party certification in order to ensure that the product supplied is the same as that tested.
  • The gap between the slab edge and the façade is often a weak point acoustically.  Any products used to improve the acoustic performance must not contribute to the fire load or inhibit the performance of the perimeter barrier.

Whilst specifying the correct product is vital, it is also important to put emphasis on the quality of installation.  Always make sure that any contractor employed in installing life safety measures such as perimeter barriers and firestops has had adequate training on the particular manufacturer’s product and is qualified to install it.  Well designed and installed systems can save many lives and protect businesses and property.

1 NFPA data
2 Wikipedia
3 NDTV article

Next week SIDERISE will be heading to India to present at the Zak World of Facades conference in Mumbai which takes place on Friday 22 April at the ITC Maratha.

Next week SIDERISE will be heading to India to present at the Zak World of Facades conference in Mumbai which takes place on Friday 22 April at the ITC Maratha.

Chris Hall, Commercial Development Officer for SIDERISE will be presenting on ‘Perimeter Barrier Fire Stop Systems for Curtain Walls’. The presentation will focus on:

  • Guidance on compliant specification

  • Insight to current testing methodology

  • Clarification on different methods of installation and associated risks

The SIDERISE team will also be showcasing a variety of fire-stopping and noise control insulation solutions for facades. Visitors to the event will have the opportunity to meet the team and view these solutions during the networking breaks. A brochure on fire safety and noise control for facades will also be available.

Those unable to attend the event but who would like further information on SIDERISE and its passive fire protection and noise control solutions can contact our Facades team who will be happy to help.

SIDERISE’s Head of Acoustics, Mike Carrick, will be presenting on ‘Consideration of Façade Acoustics – How to improve performance and quality by design at the Zak World of Façades Middle East event next week.

SIDERISE’s Head of Acoustics, Mike Carrick, will be presenting on ‘Consideration of Façade Acoustics – How to improve performance and quality by design at the Zak World of Façades Middle East event next week. The presentation will focus on:

  • Acoustic terminology & sound transmission paths

  • Compliance and testing

  • Performance limiting factors & acoustic enhancing products

Those attending the event will also have the opportunity to meet the SIDERISE team during the networking breaks where a showcase of SIDERISE fire-stopping solutions for façades will be on display. A brochure on fire safety and noise control for facades will also be available.

The team looks forward to meeting you at the event. If you are unable to attend but would like further information on the work SIDERISE has carried out in the Middle East contact our who will be happy to help you.

SIDERISE will be exhibiting at the Zak Doors & Windows Expo 2015 that will be taking place at the MMRDA Exhibition Centre in Mumbai on 10 to 13 December.

SIDERISE will be exhibiting at the Zak Doors & Windows Expo 2015 that will be taking place at the MMRDA Exhibition Centre in Mumbai on 10 to 13 December.

Visit stall DX7 to find out more about our fire safety and noise control solutions for facades, and speak to us about our products:

  •  Perimeter Barrier: Slab Edge Firestop

  • Acoustic Materials: Curtain Walling

  • Firesafe Insulation: Spandrel Panels

  • Firesafe Cores: Curtain Walling

    We look forward to seeing you there!

The Siderise Group in conjunction with BRE are holding a facades conference aimed at those companies and individuals involved in the design or installation of external facade systems.

 
 

FAÇADES CONFERENCE

 

Wednesday 13 January 2016, BRE, Bucknall Lane, Watford, WD25 9XX

 

The Siderise Group in conjunction with BRE would like to invite you to attend a full day conference aimed at those companies and individuals involved in the design or installation of external façade systems.

 
 

BRE

Both the curtain wall and rainscreen facade industries are currently seeing a healthier construction market but, with an increasing number of players entering the sector, it is important that the quality of installation is maintained. BRE will be presenting on its third-party certification scheme for companies involved in the installation of firestop and cavity barrier systems. The scheme will aim to offer those companies a means of differentiation within the market, potentially removing the need to sub-contract the fire protection package.

 
 

Building Control Alliance

The Building Control Alliance in conjunction with NHBC have recently issued new guidance on the use of combustible cladding materials on residential buildings. Steve Evans, Chair of the BCA Technical Group will be presenting this document at the conference, the content of which may have major repercussions for those involved in the design and installation of rainscreen and other open state facade systems, including specific guidance relating to cavity barrier systems.

 
 

Arup

Professor Barbara Lane is a fellow at Arup and practice leader of their Fire Engineering team. Her presentation will focus on fire protection of curtain wall façades and will address the growing move towards greater fire protection within the spandrel zone.

 
 

Clarke Saunders Associates

Acoustics in façade design is always a concern because, unlike fire, noise is something that building occupants are exposed to on a daily basis. Ed Clarke of Clarke Saunders Associates will be presenting a paper on “Building Fabric Sound Insulation – An Acoustic Façade?”

 
 

Priedemann

Lars Anders is Managing Director of Priedemann, a façade consultancy practice that has built a worldwide reputation on its expertise. Lars will be presenting the paper “Facade Consultant and Facade Engineer united” which will focus on the best ways for these two disciplines to work together on a project.

 
 

Association for Specialist Fire Protection

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection is the trade body that’s the first port of call for the Government when looking at how the Building Regulations can best meet the fire considerations of building construction. Their Technical Manager, Niall Rowan, will be looking at the test procedures involved in fire barriers used in both curtain wall and rainscreen façades.

 
 

The Conference will include lunch and a tour of the BRE Innovation Park. This full day Conference will cost only £50.00 per person.

As we expect this to be a popular event we regret that we may unfortunately have to limit attendance to 2 personnel per company.

If you are interested in attending the conference please email us and include the following information:

  • Your company name
  • Your contact phone number (preferably mobile)
  • Full name of delegate 1 (£50.00)
  • Full name of delegate 2 (£50.00)
  • The full names of any additional delegates who you would like to attend – these will be added to our reserve list. (Please note that colleagues in your company may have also received this email.)

We will contact you within 3 working days to confirm your initial 2 delegate tickets.

Thank you for your interest in the 2016 Facades Conference

Siderise

Andy Kay, Global Facades Manager
Conference enquiries: +44 (0)1656 730833

SIDERISE and Gulf Extrusions have been working together to provide viable solutions to the inherent noise control problems associated with lightweight, hollow, continuous curtain walling systems. Speak to them at The Big 5 Dubai next week.

SIDERISE and Gulf Extrusions have been working together to provide viable solutions to the inherent noise control problems associated with lightweight, hollow, continuous curtain walling systems.

This collaborative effort has set out to ensure that the acoustic performance from the façade, including all interface elements and doors, can be optimised. The companies can now provide a differentiated offer which provides solutions to all common noise path problems and ensures compliance with the performance requirements in UAE.

SIDERISE and Gulf Extrusions will be exhibiting at The Big 5 event next week which is being held in the Dubai World Trade Centre, on the 23 – 26 November 2015.

Visit stall no.D121 in the Za’beel Hall to pick up a copy of the brochure ‘Noise Control for Facades’ which gives information about this collaboration. Our fire and acoustic team members will also be available to speak to you about other fire safety and noise control insulation solutions for facades.

The Big 5 CPD Certified Workshop

A CPD Certified Workshop‘Fire Safety & Acoustics Enhancements for Facades’ will be presented at The Big 5 on 25 November 2015, at 11am. If you would like to attend please contact SIDERISE brand manager, Sreenivas Narayanan, as seats are limited.

If you are unable to attend the The Big 5 this year but would like a copy of the show brochure it will be available next week on our LinkedIn Facades showcase page.

SIDERISE will be exhibiting at the METS Marine Equipment Trade Show which is being held in Amsterdam on 17 – 19 November.

SIDERISE will be exhibiting at the METS Marine Equipment Trade Show which is being held in Amsterdam on 17 – 19 November.

SIDERISE is proud to have over 30 years of experience in the manufacture of insulation products and solutions for the Marine sector, notably in noise control and passive fire protection. The SIDERISE technical team works closely with naval architects and designers to ensure that all insulation solutions are compliment with the design objectives of the vessel, whilst engineering products that deliver maximum performance to clients.

The three day exhibition will see over 21,000 international marine industry professionals exploring the stands of over 1,300 exhibitors.

Visit the SIDERISE Marine team's stand no. 03.124 situated in the British Pavilion.

SIDERISE Global Facades Manager, Andy Kay, will be presenting at the next Zak World of Facades Conference Middle East on Tuesday 27 October.

SIDERISE Global Facades Manager, Andy Kay, will be speaking at the next Zak World of Facades Conference Middle East which is being held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, Doha, on Tuesday 27 October.

His presentation, titled 'Perimeter Barrier Firestop Systems for Curtain Walls' will focus on:

  • Guidance on compliant specification
  • Insight to current test methodology
  • Clarity on different approaches to installation and associated risks

The presentation will take place as part of Session 3, Time: 14.10

SIDERISE, who are partners of the event, will also be exhibiting there. Technical papers will be available on the company stand.

SIDERISE will be exhibiting at the Facades Design & Engineering summit on 14 – 15 September which is being held at Conrad Hotel in Dubai.

SIDERISE will be exhibiting at the Facades Design & Engineering summit on 14 – 15 September which is being held at Conrad Hotel in Dubai.

The Facades Design & Engineering Summit focuses on fire safety and how this impacts on material selection, design trends, developments and the engineering techniques of facades in the UAE. This year the summit will be preceded with a Façade Fire Safety Focus day on 13 September.

Visit our stand to speak to us about our fire safety and noise control solutions for facades, and to find out more about our passive fire protection and acoustic insulation products.

We look forward to seeing you there!

If you are unable to attend the event you can find out more about our Facades products and solutions by contacting our Facades team or by following our new Facades page on Linkedin. 

SIDERISE will be exhibiting at The Big 5 Construct India event in Mumbai on 10, 11, 12 September 2015

SIDERISE will be exhibiting at The Big 5 Construct India show on 10 – 12 September which is being held at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon (E), Mumbai.

Visit our stand 64D to speak to us about our fire safety and noise control solutions for facades, and to find out more about our products, including:

  • Perimeter Barrier: Slab Edge Firestop

  • Acoustic Materials: Curtain Walling

  • Firesafe Insulation: Spandrel Panels

  • Firesafe Cores: Curtain Walling

We look forward to seeing you there!

If you are unable to attend the event but would like a copy of the show brochure it will be available on our Facades showcase page on LinkedIn later in the week.

Find out more about the SIDERISE ceiling void barrier range - A new brochure is available for download from our website.

SIDERISE has developed a range of products for its Interiors sector that includes high-performance acoustic barriers for use in ceiling voids. SIDERISE acoustic insulation systems have been designed to help resolve the issue of ‘Cross-Talk’ whilst offering exceptional room-to-room sound reduction. The range includes acoustic void barriers for suspended ceilings, acoustic void closures for tops of walls, and cavity barriers and fire stops for suspended ceilings and profiled decks.

Details of these products, along with a comparison of their acoustic and fire performance are available in a new brochure ‘SIDERISE Ceiling Void Barriers’. The brochure is available for download from our website.

For additional free technical advice, and support in selecting the product that’s right for your project, contact a member of our Interiors technical team who are always happy to help.

SIDERISE Ceiling Void Barriers Brochure - acoustic insulation, firesafe insulation

With its expertise in developing insulation products for interiors, SIDERISE prides itself in having supplied key insulation solutions for interior entertainment, residential and commercial fit-outs as part of award-winning developments.

With its expertise in developing insulation products for interiors, SIDERISE prides itself in having supplied key insulation solutions for interior entertainment, residential and commercial fit-outs as part of award-winning developments.

This year the prestigious One Hyde Park development in London was highly commended at the ANC Acoustic Awards due to its complex acoustic challenges and the insulation solutions provided. The development demanded acoustic performance levels that exceeded the criteria demanded by Building Regulations ‘Approved Document E’. The material used was to be as thin as possible for both practical and aesthetic reasons. SIDERISE met this challenge using its FIP high performance acoustic panel, comprising four primary layers in composite form, and offering a combination of stiffness and damping, with a nominal thickness of only 31mm. SIDERISE FIP had exceeded performance expectations for a thin, single homogenous panel, normally limited to 30-35dB, by achieving 46dB Rw when tested.

In 2013 the SSE Hydro Arena, one of Glasgow’s most prestigious entertainment venues, won the “Most Stylish Entertainment Venue”. The complex geometry of the arena’s bespoke British Gypsum sloping fire rated plenum ceilings meant that a specialist solution would be required to meet acoustic performance requirements. SIDERISE used its acoustic barrier mat SIDERISE BM/Px series, thin polymeric sound barriers providing exceptional flexibility and optimum sound reduction and dampening performance. The result was a fully compliant system.

All products are made from robust sustainable materials, and include a comprehensive range of fire insulation products for walls, ceilings and floors. Bespoke solutions can be designed to suit complex requirements.

You can download these case studies from our projects page.

Siderise will be exhibiting at the Façade Design & Engineering Show in Saudi Arabia, 08 - 09 December.

We will be exhibiting at the third Annual Façade Design & Engineering event in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, which takes place on 08 to 09 December.

Visit our stand to find out more about our fire safety and noise control solutions for facades, and speak to us about our products:

  •  Perimeter Barrier: Slab Edge Firestop
  • Acoustic Materials: Curtain Walling
  • Firesafe Insulation: Spandrel Panels
  • Firesafe Cores: Curtain Walling

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

Siderise will be exhibiting at The Big 5 in Dubai, 25 - 28 November.

We will be exhibiting at The Big 5 in Dubai on 25 - 28 November.

Visit stand 2E61 to find out more about our fire safety and noise control insulation solutions for facades.

 

Siderise will be exhibiting for the first time at EcoBuild 2013 on 5-7th March.

Siderise will be exhibiting for the first time at EcoBuild 2013 on 5-7 March.

Visit us on Stand N1327 for our latest product developments and an insight into sustainable materials for Architectural and Industrial applications.

Our product ranges provide fire and acoustic solutions for Building facades and interiors, and noise control solutions ranging from Automotive, Rail and Marine to Wind Energy and Video Conferencing.

There will be experts on hand to discuss your project in detail, we can offer advice on a wide range of solutions encompassing:

  • Building Façade firestopping
  • Building compartmentation and cavity barriers
  • Architectural acoustics – room to room and interiors
  • Industrial Noise control:
    -HVAC systems and heat exchangers
    -Compressors and Power generation
    -Construction Noise and Fencing
    -Automotive and Rail
    -Marine
    -Wind Energy

Materials and data will be available for examination. Feel free to visit us, to meet the team and learn more about the Siderise difference.

The Cladding Conference held at the Building Research Establishment at the start of November proved to be a great success.

The Cladding Conference held at the Building Research Establishment at the start of November proved to be a great success. Over 120 delegates from across the cladding and façade industry attended and were addressed by leading figures in their field on a range of topics.  

The early morning session was taken up with the hot topics of Building Information Modelling and CE Marking of Curtain Wall Systems.  The BIM presentation was given by Graeme Tappenden of the Cabinet Office's BIM Task Group who gave a broad outline of the Government's aim to procure all their contracts via the BIM route by 2016.  There are still many questions on how this will affect the cladding industry and companies that desire more information would be advised to contact the Centre for Window & Cladding Technology (CWCT) to gain an industry perspective.

If you have further questions on BIM contact the CWCT

Stephen Ledbetter of the CWCT gave the next presentation on the CE marking of curtain wall systems. Although the product standard is still in development, CE marking becomes a legal reality for the curtain wall industry from July 2013.  Although many of the big players in the market are ready there is still a lot of work to be done by smaller companies and time is now getting short.

The morning was concluded with a look at cavity fire barriers used to provide compartmentation at the interface of the building's slab edge and  curtain wall façade.  Andrew Kay of Siderise, the major sponsor of the conference, explained the need to accommodate movement and looked at some case studies where failure of the fire breaks had led to loss of life and buildings such as the Torre Windsor Tower in Madrid.  By using products successfully tested to EN1364 part 4, designers and contractors can have confidence that the firestop will meet the requirement.

The BRE did a wonderful job of providing a hearty buffet lunch with one delegate heard saying "do they do weddings?"

The post lunch session was kicked off with a highly informative presentation on the fire testing of rainscreen façades.  This was given by Stephen Howard of the BRE and gave a great insight into the different test methods available for rainscreen systems, particularly the BS8414 full scale test that can be applied to both masonry backed systems and lightweight framed systems.  Anyone wishing to test to this standard should contact the BRE.

Stephen's presentation merged seamlessly into the next one on cavity fire barriers used in rainscreen façades.  Steve Swales of Siderise explained how the need to keep an airflow behind the façade conflicted with the need to put in the fire breaks but went on to show how fire requirements can be met by utilising fast reacting intumescents. The important criteria for designers and contractors to consider when choosing a suitable product are the closure time that the intumescent is able to achieve in a fire test and the longevity of the product when considering the application where it will be installed in a moisture zone for a minimum of 25 years.

Siderise was the first to market with a ventilated façade fire solution

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection have long been advocates of third party certification schemes for both products and the installation of those products.  Their CEO, Wilf Butcher gave a lively presentation explaining the benefit of using such schemes.  For curtain wall contractors, by sub-contracting the fixing of the cavity fire barriers, they are able to get a Certificate of Conformity underwritten by the Certification Body that can mitigate their liability in the event of a fire.  Details of suitable schemes can be obtained from the ASFP.

The day was concluded with a presentation on acoustic treatments of curtain walls.  The acoustic requirement for reducing floor to floor sound transmission is becoming more and more onerous.  This can pose problems to designers, system manufacturers and installers alike.  Mike Carrick of Siderise is a member of the Institute of Acoustics and did a great job in explaining the problems and then showing some of the solutions that Siderise are able to offer to combat these problems.

The day was chaired by Mike Wood of Pilkington whose knowledge of all the topics discussed enabled him to excellently summarise the presentations and elicit questions from the audience.

The positive comments received from delegates have been numerous and based on these, Siderise will definitely be running similar events in the future.  Contact Siderise for a copy of the conference paper.

Siderise in conjunction with BRE and CWCT are promoting a conference that will address many issues around the fire protection of façades as well as the imminent introduction of CE marking for curtain wall systems.

With the number of high profile fires in tall buildings on the increase, the correct specification of fire protection measures in cladding and façade systems can play a critical role in saving both lives and property. Siderise Insulation in conjunction with the Building Research Establishment and The Centre for Window and Cladding Technology are promoting a conference that will address many issues around the fire protection of façades as well as the imminent introduction of CE marking for curtain wall systems.

The conference will be hosted at the BRE, Watford on the 1st November 2012. There will be 7 presentations throughout the day and the £75.00 (+VAT) enrolment fee will include lunch and a tour of the BRE Innovation Park. There will be exhibits from Siderise, Rockpanel, The Association for Specialist Fire Protection, The CWCT and Sharpfibre Ltd.

Venue: Building Research Establishment, Watford

Date: 1st November 2012

Details:

Siderise, in conjunction with the Building Research Establishment and the Centre for Window and Cladding Technology would like to invite you to a conference aimed at those involved in the design and installation of external cladding / façade systems. With CE marking fast approaching for many cladding systems and the Government drive for companies to utilise Building Information Modelling Systems, the agenda is designed to educate and inform across a wide range of topics. 

There will be 7 presentations throughout the day (see below) and the £75.00 (+VAT) enrolment fee will include lunch and a tour of the BRE Innovation Park. There will also be exhibits from Siderise, Rockpanel, The Association for Specialist Fire Protection, The CWCT, Sheffield Insulation and Sharpfibre Ltd.

Tickets are limited for this event and so if you are interested we would ask you to send an e-mail to claddingsystemconference@siderise.com stating how many tickets you require.

Agenda:

09.25 - 10.25 Registration / Coffee

10.25 - 10.30 Welcome: Mike Wood, Pilkington

10.30 - 11.00 Building Information Modelling Systems (BIM): David Philp, Head of BIM Implementation, Cabinet Office

11.00 - 11.30 Fire Tests of Rainscreen Facades: Stephen Howard (Passive Fire Group Manager, BRE Global)

11.30 - 12.00 Firestopping Rainscreen Facades: Steve Swales, Siderise

12.00 - 12.15 Q&A

12.15 - 13.00 Lunch

13.00 - 13.30 Third Party Certification of Products and Installation: Wilf Butcher (CEO of the Association for Specialist Fire Protection)

13.30 - 14.00 CE Marking of Curtain Wall Facades: Stephen Ledbetter (Director of CWCT)

14.00 - 14.15 Refreshments

14.15 - 14.45 Firestopping Curtain Wall Facades: Andy Kay, Siderise

14.45 - 15.15 Acoustic Performance of Curtain Wall Facades: Mike Carrick, Siderise

15.15 - 15.30 Q&A

15.30 Tour of Innovation Park

 

From 1st July 2013 all curtain wall systems will require a CE mark. This has major implications for many of the component manufacturers that supply product that is included within such a system.

From 1st July 2013 all curtain wall systems will require a CE mark. This has major implications for many of the component manufacturers that supply product that is included within such a system.

The current curtain wall product standard is BS EN 13830:2003. This covers fire performance, weather tightness, wind loading, other applied loads, impact and thermal transmittance but it is currently being revised in order to widen its scope ready for the implementation of CE marking. Part of this revision, to be completed by the end of 2012, includes the need for fire stopping to be tested to BS1364-4 and for a fire stopping manufacturer's product to be included in a curtain wall system the fire stop material will need its own independent CE mark.

Siderise Insulation Ltd. have been at the forefront of cavity barrier technology for over 35 years and their range of Lamatherm fire stops are widely regarded as market leaders in the field of façade fire protection. Siderise have always striven to ensure that they have the most comprehensive testing on their products and have now completed a unique BS1364-4 on their CW-FS fire barrier. The test was unique because it was carried out using a non-fire rated aluminium curtain wall system glazed with standard non fire rated double glazed units. The normal recommendation is for 1364-4 tests to be carried out using a fire rated steel façade but these are rarely used in real life and do not replicate the movement that will occur in an aluminium construction.

The Siderise test utilised a full scale aluminium façade with additional fire protection measures that enabled the test house, Exova Warringtonfire to run the test for 3.5 hours without integrity or insulation failure. During this time the floor slab deflected by up to 67 mm and the façade by up to 30 mm without product failure. This can only be achieved by products that have been engineered to have the rock fibres running in a vertical orientation (lamella) and it is unlikely that the majority of products that currently have a horizontal orientation will be able to accommodate these levels of movement and will therefore not be suitable for CE marked curtain wall constructions.

As a result of the test Siderise will be able to add CE marking to its long list of technical approvals including Certifire third party certification. In contrast to some other systems available in the market the Lamatherm CW-FS is a dry fit system which is easy and fast to install whilst giving all the movement and acoustic advantages.

Should you wish to know more about the test or if you are looking to CE mark a curtain wall system then please contact Siderise.

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