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  Passive Fire Protection - Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP  

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) was formed in 1975 and currently represents more than 80 member companies, including all the major U.K. based product manufacturers and installers of specialist fire protection products, with Associate members representing regulatory, certification, testing and consulting bodies.

The original aim of the organisation was to establish and maintain standards for structural fire protection products and contracting performance, thus enabling reliable financial forecasts to be incorporated into estimates for steel construction. Nowadays, the ASFP sets the standards in passive fire protection in general.

In order to promote quality, consistency and good working practices, the ASFP operates a Code of Practice for its members. More recently, the Association was a major force in the establishment of the increasingly acknowledged Third Party Certification Schemes for specialist contractors, which ensure the correct installing of structural fire protection, penetration seals and fire barriers. It is a requirement of ASFP Contractor Membership that companies be members of, or be working towards membership, of a certification scheme.

The Association seeks to increase awareness and understanding of the nature of fire, the various forms of passive fire protection, their function and the benefits that they provide. Its members are fully committed to sustaining and improving, through performance, their recognised position in the construction industry.

The Association produces various informative publications including the well established 'Fire Protection For Structural Steel In Buildings' (known as the 'Yellow Book'). It is considered to be the ‘bible' of passive fire protection for steel. The comprehensive and authoritative document explains the technical requirements for the fire protection of structural steel and is included as a reference document in the UK Building Regulations, Approved Document B.

Section one of the publication deals with aspects of fire protection, including protection methods and fire testing, the section factor concept, including A/V values, and the implications of BS 5950, Part 1. Section two contains a brief introduction to fire safety engineering with specific reference and recommendations for the protection of composite beams. Section three provides details of fire resistance tests and assessment procedures using UK methods and Section four gives details of assessment methodology based upon the new European procedures. Section five introduces the material data sheets and provides application advice on the use of the individual data sheets for passive materials, such as spray coatings, boards, lined steel sheet casings and intumescent coatings. Section six, which is liberally illustrated, contains the material data sheets from which a specifier can obtain authoritative information on required thicknesses and range of applications.

Each data sheet provides a product description, information on the manufacturer, availability, protection and application technique, steel preparation requirements, additional mechanical fixing or reinforcement, nominal density, thickness and fire resistance (together with constraints), appearance, on-site use, durability, performance in other BS fire tests and other applications, etc.

'Fire Stopping & Penetration Seals for the construction industry' (The Red Book), describes application, performance, installation, maintenance, inspection and repair of mortars, mastics, foams, composites, boards, mineral wool slabs, bags and other products. This document also conntains the material data sheets from which a specifier can obtain authoritative information.

'Fire Resistant Ductwork' (The Blue Book) contains details and recommendations not previously covered in other standards or Codes of Practice. The publication includes sections on the different types of systems available and their functions, information on all relevant legislation, standards, Codes of Practice and notes on penetration seals and support systems.

‘Ensuring Best Practice for Passive Fire Protection in Buildings’. This document is the result of a Department of Trade and Industry sponsored Partners in Innovation programme which highlighted badly installed or inadequate passive fire protection in the UK’s buildings. This Guidance is intended to offer architects, designers, constructors, building occupiers and others, effective and feasible recommendations and selection criteria for the use of PassiveFire Protection.

‘Fire Rated Non-Loadbearing Partitions (The Purple Book), is a definitive guide to the provision of proprietary materials and systems used to provide fire rated partitions. It gives guidance on the safe provision of fire resistance with regard to the design, construction and maintenance of fire rated partitions in buildings.

ASFP Technical Guidance Notes cover ‘Spray coatings for fire protection of concrete floors’; ‘Spray coatings for fire protection of structural steel’; 'On-site measurement of intumescent coatings’ and ‘Fire protection of roof components and secondary steelwork of portal framed buildings’.

All ASFP publications are available as a free download from the ASFP website. Alternatively, hard copies may be purchased.

The Association employs a Technical Consultant to provide advice, assistance and specialist knowledge to assist specifiers and main contractors, both in the U.K. and overseas, in identifying products suitable for specific passive fire protection requirements.

  Tel:    01252 357832
Web: http://www.asfp.org.uk
Email: info@asfp.org.uk
Fax:   01252 357831


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