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Fire-rated wall assemblies and passive firestop systems are key elements to the design of all commercial buildings.

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 12. Installation and Compliance of Passive Fire Protection Systems

There was significant stakeholder feedback about the lack of adequate passive fire protection measures in construction and maintenance of commercial buildings. Stakeholders indicated concern about the correct specification, installation, inspection and maintenance of passive fire protection features. The sector has requested guidance on passive fire protection systems and fire stopping systems.

There are several product specific installation guides, but no industry standard for fire stopping.
The project objective is to increase knowledge about correct passive fire protection measures and improve the quality of construction and maintenance of passive fire protection systems in buildings... read summary in full


 

 Huge fire at the Basilica of Saint-Donatien in Nantes 

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The Basilica of Saint-Donatien in Nantes has been significantly damaged by a huge fire.
As reported by the BBC, the fire started at around 10:30 am local time, and is believed
to have broken out on the roof of the building in connection with waterproofing work.

Building explosion in NYC triggers huge blaze; gas leak suspected

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A five-storey building apartment building exploded "like a bomb" in New York City, then caught fire and collapsed. At least a dozen people were injured, with four in critical condition.

 Stunned survivors spilled into the streets at Second Avenue and East 7th Street, and one brave soul scaled a fire escape and started kicking out windows until fire beat him back.

"I saw a man running out with his hair singed," Chloe Kekovic who works nearby, told the New York Daily News. "He was screaming at unable to see."

"It was like a bomb," Aleksandr Srdi, 32, who lives around the corner, told DNAInfo. "Everyone was like what's going on? People from Starbucks were yelling to get back inside and they were trying to lock the doors." READ MORE ... !! 


Cigarettes, sheesha, winds to blame for Torch Tower fire?

Amira Agarib, Nivriti Butalia and Dhanusha Gokulan / 22 February 2015

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Authorities said the fire broke out in an apartment on the 51st floor of the 87-storey tower that houses 676 apartments, and spread rapidly due to the strong winds.

Authorities said the fire broke out in an apartment on the 51st floor of the 87-storey tower that houses 676 apartments, and spread rapidly due to the strong winds.
“People here just don’t care about the safety of others. They don’t understand the consequences of a cigarette butt flung from a balcony.”


Fire Protection Systems Market by Technology, Products, Services, Verticals, and Geography - Analysis and Forecast to 2013 - 2020

NEW YORK, Feb. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- 

The fire protection systems (FPS) play crucial role preventing the fire hazards.
The increased risk of fire accidents is driving the demand for fire protection systems market globally.
The fire protection systems market has experienced continuous advancement in fire protection technology.
The FPS manufacturers are investing significant amounts on R&D, and are offering innovative and efficient fire protection products to the customers.

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2020 Fire Protection Systems Market (FPS) Forecasts and Analysis of Technologies, Products, Services, Verticals and Regions

DALLAS, December 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

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Fire Protection Systems Market by Technology Products Services, Verticals and Geography -
Analysis and Forecast to 2013 - 2020 global research report to the business intelligence collection of its library.

The global fire protection systems market size (FPS) valued at $33,589.25 million in 2013 and it is projected to grow further at a CAGR of 11.53% in the forecasted period of 2014 to 2020.
The fire protection systems are becoming an inevitable part of any construction.
Due to the increasing risk of fire accidents in the buildings,
the governments of many countries have altered their FPS rules and done installation of FPS a mandate.

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Specifying passive firestop systems

Fire-rated wall assemblies and passive firestop systems are key elements to the design of all commercial buildings.

Gregg Stahl, ClarkDietrich Building Systems, West Chester, Ohio 10/24/2014

Learning objectives

  • Learn about recommendations for specific fire-rated wall assemblies and the industry testing they must endure to earn their ratings. 
  • Review examples of passive firestop systems. 
  • Understand best practices for the specification and installation of each.

With hundreds of lives often at stake and rebuild costs that can reach into the millions, it is no surprise that fire protection is one of the highest priorities of today’s commercial construction projects.
While active fire protection solutions, such as fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, and sprinkler systems, may be the first to come to mind, it is crucial for project teams to give the same consideration to passive fire protection systems.
Though passive fire protection systems are less visible than active fire protection systems, their function is equally as important.

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Top tips for integrating fire protection, HVAC systems

These nine guidelines will help fire protection engineers integrate fire and life safety systems with HVAC systems.

Matt Dolan, PE, LEED AP, JBA Consulting Engineers, Las Vegas 11/13/2014

Learning objectives

Understand the codes and standards that govern fire and life safety systems.

  • Know that active and passive fire protection systems can be combined to provide life safety.
  • Learn to integrate fire and life safety systems with HVAC systems.

The fire and life safety systems within high-rise buildings, as defined by the 2012 International Building Code (IBC) Section 403, serve to notify occupants of an emergency, suppress or control an active fire, evacuate or manage smoke in a fire area, and pressurize exit stairs for safe exit.
The life safety systems often use HVAC fans and dampers to configure the required systems for a specific zone in alarm.

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 Systems and components must be listed and approved for the purpose for which they are installed as indicated in 2012 IBC Section 907.1.3.