There’s never been a better time to build. Materials, construction techniques and fire safety have reached a pinnacle unthought of in times past. Architecture and design continue to push into brave new frontiers – with masterpieces like the Louvre Abu Dhabi becoming a more regular addition to the world. So, with all the advances in the art and science of construction, are we now able to make a fireproof building?
The Short Answer? No
But even with every possible safety measure implemented and agonised over, ruling out a fire would be impossible. The ideal, least likely to catch fire building would be highly impractical and unaffordable to the extreme. Imagine a structure carved from a single piece of stone, moulded entirely in concrete – and crucially, filled with nothing but inert materials.
No wood, fabric, paper or plastic could enter the building, because they’d represent a fire risk. Even if you remove every element of accidental fire risk, there’s still malicious damage and arson to think about. Advertising a building as “completely fireproof” could serve as an invitation to test the claim out. A well-planned fire could damage and stress even the strongest stone structure, and water penetration could take decades to resolve.
A building made for the sole purpose of resisting fire would, of course, technically be safer than a standard build – but that safety gain would be at the expense of usability, design and just about everything else.
Achieving exemplary fire safety standards isn’t a case of removing all risks – because that’s not possible. It’s about good planning, excellent design and a proper fire strategy.
Fire curtains can be applied to any architectural design: office blocks, high rise buildings, retail environments, heritage buildings, airports – even high risk industrial facilities.
Built-in Fire Safety
Keeping fire at bay starts at the design stage. Compartmentation is an essential part of design – and it can still be achieved in an open-plan environment. Fire curtains make this possible by slowing the spread of fire down, protecting fire escapes for longer periods in the event of a fire.
Fire Curtains for Compartmentation
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