How passive fire protection saves lives
Passive fire protection systems are designed to contain fire. And since three quarters of all fire deaths are reported to be from smoke inhalation, you will want a product that delays the growth of a fire, controls the movement of smoke, and assists in keeping escape areas smoke-free.
As one of the most complete product ranges available today, Promat is your go-to product brand for fire stopping, intumescent coatings for structural steel and timber, fire-rated ceilings and partitions, and high performance thermal insulation.
Promat is recognised worldwide as a market leader in passive fire protection and high temperature insulation applications. For more than 40 years, this brand’s comprehensive product portfolio has become synonymous with quality and reliability.
Since its introduction to the South African market in 2017, Promat is now the only local full spectrum passive fire protection range on the market. It is available exclusively from Marley Building Systems.
The four globally recognized product brands in the Marley Building Systems stable are:
- Siniat – Gypsum ceiling and partition solutions
- Kalsi – Fibre cement materials
- Equitone – High density fibre cement through-coloured facade materials
- Promat – High performance insulation and passive fire protection solutions
Marley Building Systems is the Southern African subsidiary of Etex, a Belgian industrial group that manufactures and markets high quality building materials and systems. In South Africa, Etex has developed a strategy based on four core businesses: cladding and building boards in fibre cement and plaster, roofing materials, passive fire protection and high performance insulation – earning us a place in the market as a leading supplier of high quality and affordable roofing, cladding and dry construction products.
Promat Sales Engineer, Corne White, lists what constitutes passive fire protection systems in commercial, industrial and residential applications. They are:
- Penetration seals through fire walls;
- Linear gap sealing around walls and floors;
- The protection of structural beams and columns with fire-tested coatings or board systems; and
- Fire rated ceilings and partitions.
Durasteel is one of Promat’s high spec partition and ceiling board systems that can provide up to 240 minutes of fire resistance. It has a fibre cement core with perforated galvanised sheeting on either side of the 9.5mm board. The structural, high security board is tested for cellulosic and hydrocarbon fire risks, and is used primarily for constructing rooms or compartments where fire and security are a risk. These areas would include strong rooms, archives, data centres, hospitals storing high value medicines, and banks where security is an issue.
Promat Durasteel walls have resistance to extreme impact, before, during and after exposure to fire. Under fire conditions they protect and maintain compartmentation and after a fire they ensure a building remains secure until remedial work can be undertaken. Promat Durasteel systems combine extremely high levels of fire, impact and water resistance. They are proven to withstand the most demanding environments, temperature extremes, hostile elements and can resist high thermal shock, such as high pressure water hoses.
Corne advises that all passive fire protection systems must be tested to a recognised international fire standard such as EN or BS, and that all certifications must be valid at the time of installation