Do not make the mistake of specifying insulated fire curtains, or fire curtains with an insulation rating, the concept has been replaced.
With a 2018 investment of over £120,000 in research, development, production capacity, and a challenging but finally successful testing programme to BS 8524 with Warrington Exova, the A1S Group is to announce a 30th anniversary offer to capitalise on the increased requirement for fire curtains and fire and smoke curtains to the now often mandatory British Standard BS 8524-1.
With the stipulation in BS 9999 2017 that fire curtains and fire and smoke curtains should be tested in accordance with BS 8524-1 and installed to BS 8524-2, fire curtains are now designed to better withstand the rigours of real life applications, with an increased emphasis on durability, cyclic testing, surface spread of flame, impact testing and a motor that has been furnace tested to 400 degrees to exacting standards.
Documented specification standards now ensure that both integrity and radiation performance is considered and attention to substrate and parameter guidelines is much more transparent. Head of A1S Group Sales Paul Caldwell-Jones - email@example.com - has seen a significant improvement in the wider fire industry understanding of fire curtain performance.
“Since the publication of BS 8524-1 and BS 8524-2, and its comprehensive guidance for the specification, testing, production and installation of fire curtain and smoke curtains I have seen enhanced product understanding from Fire Engineers and Quantity Surveyors. Mercifully, the days of being asked for a fire curtain or fire and smoke curtain, without a fire strategy report or an explanation of relevant fire resistance requirements and site specific conditions, are becoming if not a distant memory, at least rarer. BS 8524-1 and BS 8524-2 are certainly helping move the wider construction industry towards a fuller understanding of life safety fire curtains and as part of our 30th anniversary, our A1S Group marketing team will be launching a pricing offer for bonafide BS 8524 projects with accredited fire strategy reports.”
The A1S Group will be exhibiting at the Big 5 in Dubai on the 26th, 27th 28th and 29th November 2018. Mark Dougill, A1S Group Export Manager sees this must attend Regional Exhibition as the perfect opportunity to grab further market share in the UAE fire curtain and fire shutter market place. “The Big 5 is a fantastic opportunity to build on our UK success and meet prospective Distributors and Channel Partners for our Flameshield Fire Curtain and Fire Shutter range.” Recent testing success with Warrington Exova has led to a significant jump in UK market share, particularly with Supply and Install Fire Curtain Projects. “Our increased manufacturing capacity now allows us to supply our Export Partners with industry winning lead times, and that is the message I want to get across to our customers and prospective customers in the UAE,” said Mark.
Come and see us at Stand SS1 E143, Sheikh Saheed Hall no 1, next to International Fire Consultants.
Appointments can be made to discuss projects, distributorships and partnerships with Mark directly on 0044 7826598246. or firstname.lastname@example.org
BS9999 – 2017 Fire Safety in the design, management and use of buildings – Code of Practice.