DensDeck – CPD - Roof cover board fire performance and FM Approvals


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Our CPD will look at the demanding requirements of mission critical buildings and the benefits that roof cover boards can bring to enhance the performance of the roofing assembly.

Fire is a critical factor to consider during design and specification and we will look at the increased resistance to fire that non-combustible cover boards can bring to the assembly. 

We will look fire performance testing to show how to identify a non-combustible board from the reaction to fire tests and then we will look at some of the fire tests in the UK Europe and the USA. 

That brings us nicely to the section about FM Approvals who originate from America however, they have a global presence and FM approvals are starting to become preferred more often in projects where clients may be used to using them elsewhere in the world.

We will take you through who FM approvals are, why their testing and approvals on roofing assemblies are worthy of serious consideration by specifiers and we will conclude our findings near the end.

So called ‘Mission Critical’ buildings provide vital services that ideally need to be available 24 hours a day for 365 days of the year.

Two of the most common mission critical buildings are shown here. Data centres providing services to global customers who expect instant access all over the world at all times of the day, and Biotech facilities have production processes and research projects running continuously to supply critical products to the healthcare community for the treatment of diseases and medical conditions.

Reducing the risk of downtime is key project requirement for mission critical buildings.

Downtime disrupts the provision of services to customers and comes, frequently, with high-cost penalties.

For this reason, the structure of the building needs to able to help maintain the internal environmental conditions at their optimum to ensure the efficient and reliable operation of the equipment as well as provide fire resistant construction that will help minimise damage from attack by an external fire source and contain the spread should a fire break out internally. 

The roof of a building is a vital component in the specification of a resilient structure as, if the roof is compromised, it leaves its contents open to damage by wind and water.

Stuart Dinnie
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