The Lakanal House inquest and Local Authority tower blocks

Posted by Conor Logan on 10/04/13 09:31

Photo: Channel 4 News

The inquest into the Lakanal House tragedy concluded last week and the published verdict and recommendations raise important concerns regarding fire safety in local authority tower blocks, and particularly in aged housing stock.

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Topics: Fire Containment, Regulations, Residential Buildings

ETFE rooflights are not an alternative to smoke control!

Posted by Conor Logan on 01/11/12 11:15

ETFE cushions have become increasingly popular as a cost effective alternative to glass in rooflights and facades. They offer many benefits over glass; they are very light, so require much reduced structural support and they are able to absorb large deflections without fracturing. They have been used successfully in numerous projects – among them the very distinctive Biomes of the Eden Project, in Cornwall.

Why would they be any good for smoke control?

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Topics: Smoke Control, Fire Containment, Smoke Containment

Fire safety: protecting local authority tower blocks

Posted by Conor Logan on 13/09/12 10:20

The fire that broke out at Lakanal House in 2009 with tragic consequences put the spotlight on the issue of fire safety in local authority tower blocks.

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Topics: Fire Containment, Regulations, Residential Buildings

Insulated Fire Curtains and PAS 121 - In the Zone?

Posted by Conor Logan on 16/04/12 15:36

Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 121 has sparked some confusion as regards the difference between an insulated fire curtain and an insulated zone fire curtain. Hopefully in this blog and whitepaper we will be able to remove the confusion from the subject.

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Topics: Smoke Control, Fire Containment, Smoke Containment, Regulations, Power Plants, Curtains

Safety first: how to specify the right fire curtain

Posted by Conor Logan on 20/02/12 10:07

In simple terms a fire curtain is a fire rated, motorised, roller blind. Fire rated fabric is wound around a cylindrical motor which is placed inside a small galvanised steel housing. Vertical guides provide a seal at the sides when the curtain descends.

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Topics: Smoke Control, Fire Containment, Regulations