Fire risk prevention
The main concern when addressing the fire engineering problems of a structure is to protect people and property while limiting the spread of fire. The notion of fire risk is often linked to the design of systems capable of limiting, or even inhibiting, the consequences of an incident. This risk can be expressed by the potential for fire to occur and the damage it causes, both to the people occupying the premises and to the structure itself.
Preventing fire is therefore subject to different regulations and their objectives:
- Preventing the creation of fire and limiting its spread
- The protection and safe evacuation of people
- Measures to enable the intervention of fire-fighting personnel and facilitate the use of their resources.
Choosing the right material
Steel is a material that allows us to respond well to this problem:
- As an incombustible material, steel does not allow fire to spread
- As a material that is impervious to flames and gases, steel inhibits the propagation of toxic and deadly fumes
- Steel ensures the stability of the structure at high temperatures with adequate protection
FM global is the world's largest insurance company for commercial buildings. FM Approval is FM Global's qualification and certification body that uses certain standards for the evaluation of sandwich panels for cladding and roofing:
- The 4880 standard for so-called Class 1 sandwich panel applications (fire performance)
- The 4881 standard for exterior cladding applications
- The 4471 standard for roofing applications
The Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB) has been working with industry and insurers for more than 100 years to set the standards needed to ensure that fire and security products and services perform effectively. Both our insulated Roof and Wall panels with insulated PIR core are LPCB approved. Due to its metal inner and outer sheet, they combine thermal and fire resistance with big spans.
Consult our certificates via our technical data sheets or the digital portal .