Fire protection on the outside of a building is just as important as the inside of a building. It is important that buildings are constructed using a fire rated cladding system which has been fitted correctly so no voids are created.
It is important that the cladding should have fire breaks within the cladding at each floor level with fire rated partition walls to reflect the internal fire compartmentation.
If these passive fire protection elements are not installed correctly, the cladding will operate as a conductor for the fire – which will then cause the fire to spread out of control and up the façade of the building.
For those with high-rise properties, it’s vital to make sure the cladding is fire rated and that there are sufficient working passive and active fire prevention systems in place. If you have the right system in place you not only control and slow the spread of fire – but you also ensure the safety of those occupying the building.