To assist in the design, specification and installation of building services penetrations to ensure fire compartmentation is maintained, five leading not-for-profit organisations have launched a Best Practice Design and Installation Guide, Firestopping of Service Penetrations.
The aim of the guide is to encourage all stakeholders in construction to consider firestopping design earlier in the process in order to avoid problems at a later stage in construction. It is not an installation manual but guidance to a good practice approach. The guide is broken down to provide information on actions that should be carried out during each of the stages one to seven as defined in the RIBA Plan of Work. “This document is the result of a collaboration between a number of relevant trade bodies and organisations representing the wider construction and fire safety industries, and it is an example of the collaborative working and acceptance of professional responsibility throughout the supply chain that must become a feature of the industry’s culture from now on.” Dame Judith Hackitt DBE FRENG FICHEME FCGI
TICA became involved in this original document part way through the original work as part of our ongoing collaboration with BESA – an important link to our tier 2 clients.
TICA are now fully engaged with BESA and The FIS to produce further guidance for Best Practice Guide for design and installation of insulation to metal pipes, cables and services where flanges, valves or fittings fall within the 500mm zone of a compartment wall penetration. This second document will shortly be sent out to all TICA members as part of the wider industry consultation before finally publishing the document formally into the public domain.