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Fire Hazard Prevention Requirements Every Building Must Comply With

Fire hazards are a real threat to properties anywhere. Thankfully, fire hazard-preventing materials effectively slow down the fire’s progress.

Fire resistance or hazard prevention refers to fires’ time to transmit heat and withstand the flame’s passage. 

Thicker materials don’t automatically mean better fire prevention because some thick materials can burn away quickly.

New construction projects can refer to the following items to learn about the best fire hazard prevention requirements their buildings must comply with.

Horizontal Panel Underside Fire Hazard Rating

Local safety codes mostly require manufacturers to indicate the fire hazard rating of flooring, roofing, or ceiling material. However, these refer to the material’s underside only.

City building safety protocols prioritize the underside of a floor, roof, or ceiling’s fire resistance because heat, smoke, and fire tend to travel upwards before traveling downwards. Plus, doing so helps drive down the costs while improving the efficiency of fire-resistant materials.

Equal Fire Resistance Rating From Both Sides of the Partition

Building partitions require equal fire-resistance ratings from both sides because fires travel in both directions at equal velocities. Therefore, all partition sides must have excellent fire resistance ratings to achieve exceptional fire prevention results.

Exterior Panels

All panels facing a building’s exterior should have equal fire resistance with its interior side. 

Exterior property fire prevention has less prioritization because fires are unlikely to come or spread easily from property exteriors.

On the other hand, industrial parks can have unique building codes that stress excellent exterior fire resistance depending on the materials, substances, and others.

Load-Bearing Trusses and Other Structures

All load-bearing truss materials have excellent fire resistance thanks to their density and innate fire resistance. For example, stones, bricks, and cast iron have excellent load-bearing capabilities, corrosion, and fire resistance. Therefore, these materials have innately excellent fire resistance.

Materials With High Fire Resistance

New construction projects can easily comply with local fire building codes by using the following materials.

Stones

Naturally-occurring stones with top-notch densities can have exceptional fire resistances that start at 1,300-1,500 degrees Celsius. This heat resistance is enough to slow down fires significantly.

Bricks

Both bricks and stones are poor conductors of heat, sound, and temperature. Thus, they’re excellent, greatly fire-resistant panels that can achieve exceptional protection for commercial and industrial properties. 

You can only melt bricks once they reach 2,800 degrees Celsius.

Cast Iron

These materials see typical use as metal columns, column bases, and seldom replacements for steel due to their beneficial load-bearing capabilities. 

Their high fire resistance level makes them excellent foundational material for buildings, commercial structures, and more.

Concrete

These affordable and convenient building materials don’t lose their strength and composition until they reach 250 degrees Celsius. 

Reinforced cement concrete can outperform typical concrete and achieve stone-like temperature resistance that doesn’t lose form and strength up to 2,500 degrees Celsius.

Aluminum

Airplanes don’t catch fire easily because of their 250 degrees Celsius heat resistance. 

Aluminum does not have the exceptional density and fire resistance of stone, but its high corrosion and fire resistance make up for the difference.

SPF is a highly recognized fireproof material equivalent to stone and concrete. Plus, they can reinforce existing materials in your building. 

Only trust high-quality SPF applicators, such as Ener-Spray, to provide you with the best fireproofing solutions.