Entries by Andy Walsh

Fire-safe building

Whilst it’s easy to appreciate that all buildings should be designed and constructed with fire safety in mind, it’s far more complex to do this in practice. A raft of passive and active products are available to consider.

How to incorporate certified passive fire protection for a safer build

When designing, specifying, constructing or refurbishing a building or large commercial structure, it’s clear to see that minimising the risk of fire is a critical issue to manage. Architects, specifiers and contractors have a responsibility to build with an effective fire safety strategy in mind. And yet, with the available types of active and passive fire products to be considered, fire protection is a highly technical and complex issue to comprehend.

Why Passive Fire Protection is Key to the Construction Plan

With continued growth of high-rise and commercial construction across the globe, understanding the role that both passive and active fire protection should play in every new build and retro-fit has never been so important – especially when seeking the approval from regulatory bodies.

The critical role of fire doors in large buildings

The construction of every new building should include fire safety as a key focus – not just in terms of fire prevention, but also with consideration to fire safety and management, should the worst happen. This is especially true when the building is a large office block or perhaps housing many people. Andy Walsh, Technical Manager of Pyroplex – manufacturer of fire containment products – discusses the key issues around the effective specification and installation of fire doors and seals in this situation.

Understanding the role of timber fire doors

We effectively manage risk in our lives on a daily basis; whether it’s putting a car seat belt on or choosing a safe place to cross the road. But when it comes to entering a building, we put some of that responsibility into someone else’s hands. Should a fire break out whilst we’re in that building, the pace of its spread will be greatly determined by the effective compartmentation