In certain areas of an aged care facility, evacuation in the event of a fire is almost impossible, therefore, fire prevention should be top of mind at the concept stage. In the event of a fire, occupant safety and the protection of adjoining properties are fundamental requirements of building regulations. Fire safe insulation products act as an effective fire barrier in the following ways:
- Between rooms and roof spaces
- A fire shield for structural steel members
- A fireproof cover for hot industrial process pipes and ducts
- A fire-safe core for sandwich panel constructions
Fire stopping products help architects, contractors and developers conform to current fire regulations. Careful design will also ensure that fire cannot spread through cavities or along the service pipe or cable. With each service run including a different combination of plastic and metal pipes, ducts, and power and data cables. Every element will react very differently to fire therefore, fire stopping systems must be designed, manufactured and installed to cope with the individual needs of the project.
Rockwool stone wool ceiling and insulation products have been awarded the highest possible European classification: A1 non-combustible and AS1530.part one tested by CSIRO to meet the BCA standards.
When considering wall and ceiling insulation, Rockwool insulation is able to withstand up to 1000°C. The unique inbuilt layering of the fibres keep the structure intact and maintains its rigidity thereby protecting the mineral from the effects of high temperatures.
Rockwool insulation and construction products are designed to remain stable when exposed to burning hot flames, helping to maintain the buildings structure and buying valuable time for the occupants to safety evacuate.
Rockwool insulation slows the spread of flames and does not produce any significant toxic smoke. Stone wool products are fire safe and also help to protect the building load-bearing structure, protecting lives and investment.