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Thursday, September 10, 2020

BESA provides clarity for fire and smoke ductwork

BESA has worked with two other key industry bodies to provide much needed clarity to support members who design, specify and install fire resistant and smoke control ventilation systems.

A number of key standards are yet to be updated that are needed to ensure systems comply with safety regulations. This has led to considerable confusion in the ductwork marketplace.

With the sector under closer scrutiny than ever in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire and the subsequent Hackitt Review, the Association is concerned that building safety is being undermined by ductwork manufacturers, specifiers and contractors applying their own interpretations of what is compliant – many of which vary widely.

BESA, the ductwork trade body ADCAS and the Association of Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) have, therefore, joined forces to produce simplified guidance that can help the industry deliver safe solutions in compliance with the over-arching Construction Products Regulation (CPR) while awaiting the publication of updated standards.

‘Fire test standards and the CPR in relation to fire resisting ventilation and smoke control ductwork’ is a joint publication that explains the problem and provides an industry-wide position on compliance. It lays out how the CPR applies to fire resisting ductwork; explains the relevant standards and the relationship between them as well as the current status of the EN standards and what this means to the industry.

It provides harmonised guidance the market can use while standards are revised and includes a series of FAQ’s. It concludes with a user-friendly reference table setting out the status of all the relevant standards and their implications for current projects.

To access the guidance go to: www.thebesa.com/knowledge/shop/products/fire-test-standards-and-the-construction-products-regulation-guidance/

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