Draka - Building Regs Approved Doc B - does your installation comply with fire safety engineering requirements?
Does your installation comply with the fire safety engineering requirements? Help ensure compliance using FTP120 fire resistant power and control cable systems for life safety and fire fighting applications, says Draka, in this PDF document, which also provides typical power applications within BS 8519-2010:
The increased prevalence of fire safety engineering (FSE) principles has meant that the systems they rely upon to increase timings for evacuation and fire fighting scenarios have to be more and more robust. This in turn means that they are increasingly reliant on the cables that supply them with the power to do the job of which they are required.
The advent of BS 7346-6 in 2005 brought about a huge evolution in power cable performance, moving from individual tests for fire, fire and indirect impact and fire and low pressure water application to an integrated test regime involving Fire, direct impact and high pressure water application (equivalent to fireman's hose).
The explanations below detail the time requirements for fire resistance within BS 8519-2010, with the below matrix detailing examples of the FSE applications that these cables need to supply.
- Category 1 - Means of Escape (30 mins survival time) - Power cables meeting the 30min survival time when tested in accordance with BS 8491 (20mm overall diameter and above).
- Category 2 - Means of Escape (60 mins survival time) - Power cables meeting the 60min survival time when tested in accordance with BS 8491 (20mm overall diameter and above).
- Category 3 - Fire Fighting (120 mins survival time) - Power cables meeting the 120min survival time when tested in accordance with BS 8491 (20mm overall diameter and above).
To support modern fire engineering system's in today's buildings, it is recommended that fire resistant power and control cable systems are used, such as Draka's FTP120. This is a steel wire armoured power cable that provides enhanced fire performance to meet the onerous requirements of BS8519-2010 - previously BS7346-6. LPCB - approved across its entire size range for two, three and four-core cables. It is also compliant with Approved Document B of the Building Regulations. It is, says the company, 'the ideal solution for ensuring that life safety, fire fighting and property protection systems maintain functionality in the event of a fire'.
To see the full document, please click on the download link below (PDF doc - 211kB file size).
Read others news