Fire Compartment & Structural Fire Protection Surveys

An essential starting point for most buildings without existing compliance is a building survey.

This can be either a Fire Compartment Survey or a Structural Fire Protection Survey, when in addition to the fire compartmentation we can investigate other built-in fire rated elements such as protection to the building’s structural steels, fire rated soffits & ceilings and fire rated ductwork.

A typical fire compartment survey will be of fire compartment walls, floor slabs, soffits, fire resisting doors and voids, including those in the roof and at the perimeter edge, to investigate what is in situ and to what extent it is likely to be fire compliant, but it may be limited to, say, just the seals, service penetrations, gaps and other imperfections in fire walls if this is what is required.

Both types of building survey can take the form of a full survey, where every element of the building is inspected forensically, or may be limited to an ‘indicative’ survey where generic issues of potential non-compliance can be investigated. The survey can also be visual, i.e. non-invasive, invasive or a mixture of both.

Because of the different options available, before the survey takes place it will be necessary to agree the ‘survey protocols’ that will apply.

Any form of survey will look to use whatever information is available including building drawings, fire strategy reports, fire door / fire damper schedules and specification details, often available to a greater or lesser degree in hard copy or electronic Operation and Maintenance Manuals.

Similarly, survey reports will be tailored to a client’s needs:
If it is an indicative survey, it can detail all or various building elements and report issues found, together with photos and their locations to clearly indicate and record generic defects; providing ‘ball park’ budget figures and recommendations if required.

If it is a detailed survey, we would normally photograph and record every defect electronically, including marked drawings and schedules, and in such detail as would allow the required remedial work to be priced by a competitive tender process. As with the actual survey, we will agree the format and composition of the Survey Report before the work takes place so that the information is compiled in the format and detail required.

Structural Fire Protection, Fire Compartment, Fire Door and Fire Damper Inspections and Surveys are likely to discover various issues with passive fire protection components requiring both remediation and replacement, and it’s of the utmost importance to ensure that remediation takes place to a recognised ‘suitable and sufficient’ standard and new installations are delivered in a fire compliant state, underwritten by Third Party certification and / or fire test evidence.

 

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Golden Thread Fire Delay can offer a range of options to ensure that both remediated and newly installed passive fire protection components are cost effectively installed correctly and are robustly documented.

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The Golden Thread

Recognising the need and demand for such expert services, Golden Thread Fire Delay provide a complete menu of fire compliance installation and consultancy services from surveying and inspections to installation and maintenance of fire compartmentation.

We are market-leading specialist installers of Passive Fire Protection (PFP) which includes fire doors, firestopping systems, intumescent coatings, sprayed cementitious and thermal coatings, all types of fire protection board, and soffit fire, thermal and acoustic lining systems.

Our works are backed by third-party accredited certification, included as part of a comprehensive operations and maintenance manual package handed over on completion.