Fire risk assessment is essential for compliance with statutory regulations, standards and insurer property and business risk requirements. The emphasis of the information on these pages is on awareness and information with the aim of helping to clarify both statutory and property insurers’ requirements regarding the performance and acceptability of Kingspan insulated roof and wall systems.
External roof, wall and internal temperature control systems are required to be multi-functional, e.g
- Thermally effective
- Provide fire safety
- Acoustically compliant
- Provide safe and fast build quality
- Limit air leakage
- Structurally efficient
- Ecosafe and sustainable
Kingspan certified Firesafe insulated external roof, wall and internal temperature control systems are used extensively in all building sectors.
LPCB and FM Approval
The range of tested and certified insurer approved Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB) and Factory Mutual (FM) systems are widely recognised by investors, property insurers, designers and constructors for their superior fire engineered performance thus reducing fire risks.
- Kingspan Firesafe systems have been tested and approved to Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB), Factory Mutual (FM) and BS 476 Part 22 standards to comply with property insurers risk requirements.
- To comply with LPCB, FM and BS 476 Part 22 fire test standards no flash over or fire propagation occurs.
- No flame spread occurs within the panel core.
- Kingspan Firesafe roof and wall systems are secured to the main/secondary frame of the building to protect fire fighters.
Real Fire Evidence
40 years of real fire history indicates that rigid urethane insulated external roof and wall panels have an exemplary fire performance record.
Analysis of real fire collated information shows:
- There are no recorded incidents where external insulated roof and wall panels have caused or have been involved in the initial stages of a fire.
- External insulated roof and wall panels only become involved when an established internal fire has reached a fully developed building and contents loss stage.
- Due to the method of external fixing and engineered joint designs, insulated panels forming the external envelope retain their structural integrity until structural frame failure.
- Biased and misinformation has caused the fire risk issue on external envelope sandwich panels to be sensationalised, whereas major fire history and insurer losses have been related to buildings with internal compartmentation applications within the food processing industry.