PPG CPD - Specification of cellulosic passive fire protection PFP - CPD Video
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This CPD, brought to you by PPG, will cover in detail, the importance and specification of cellulosic passive fire protection or PFP.
The objective of this CPD is to give you a broad introduction to passive fire protection, and intumescent paints in particular.
In relation to the specification of cellulosic passive fire protection (PFP), this CPD will cover:
· The importance of fire protection
· Passive fire protection and cellulosic fires
· Current building regulations and standards
· Testing passive fire protection
· Specifying intumescent coatings for structural steelwork
A fire can lead to devastating consequences for people, businesses and communities, resulting in both financial loss and the potential for injuries or death.
According to the Association of British Insurers, fire is one of the most expensive property insurance claims in the UK, with £1.3 billion being paid out to customers during 2018. That’s more than £3.5 million per day.
The overall economic impact of fire is difficult to calculate, and statistics are difficult to find. In 2008, it was estimated that fires cost the UK economy around £8.3 billion, and in 2004, the Chief Fire Officers' Association estimated that 60% of private businesses never recover from a fire.
Careful specification of all aspects of a building – from fire detection systems and fire doors to passive fire protective coatings – can help to reduce the risk of fire and its associated costs.
Steel structures feature prominently in the design of modern infrastructure such as skyscrapers, airport terminals, sports stadia, shopping centres and schools.
Its use in the building industry has become the backbone of world steel production, accounting for more than 50% of its usage, with the market size estimated to surpass $78bn by 2024.
It’s a popular choice thanks to its aesthetically pleasing results, strength and versatility. But that versatility comes from its malleability when heated, and that malleability becomes steel’s most feared weakness when in situ. Within minutes of a fire, unprotected steel can reach the critical temperature that causes it to lose stability and collapse. So how can we reduce the risk?