About Thermolastic

The reaction and resistance of materials in a fire are tested in accordance with BS476. Parts 20-22 of this standard deals specifically with the fire resistance of building elements, both load bearing (21) and non-load bearing (22). Two properties are observed, integrity (mechanical/physical stability) and insulation (the transfer of heat from hot to cold face). The test records the performance of the material and results are provided in units of minutes. It follows that when a fire resistance rating of a material is given for example as one hour then the material must provide one hour integrity and one hour insulation. Alternatively two values will be given separately, one for integrity and one for insulation. For example Building regulations stipulate that the minimum performance of a cavity barrier to be 30 minutes integrity and 15 minutes insulation. All too often the integrity value alone is mistakenly assumed to denote fire resistance. If in doubt the specifier or installer should contact Building Control for clarification.

The construction industry is faced with the immediate challenge to mass produce unprecedented numbers of low cost, high density dwellings along with public and commercial properties. New advanced materials and modular construction methods have been developed to make this possible. Meanwhile the existing building stock will continue to be refurbished to meet the demands of the twenty first century. In response to this Culimeta-Saveguard Ltd has designed passive fire resistant products that surpass the current regulatory requirements. Our products are light weight, easy to install and pose no risk to health and safety. Best known is our range of FireHalt® cavity fire barriers. Tested by Bodycote (Warrington Fire Research) and approved by LPC the range offers unprecedented levels of protection. FireHalt Gold, FireHalt 60/30 and FireHalt SF are extensively used in the UK’s major airports, London Underground, by the major supermarket chains, important commercial buildings such as Swiss Re and stadia, including the new Wembley stadium and the theatre of dreams at Old Trafford, not to mention hundreds of schools and hospitals throughout the country.