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Fire Protection in Modular & Pre-fabricated buildings​

Presented by Promat

Fire Protection in Modular & Pre-fabricated buildings​


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September 16th, 2022


Session Synopsis

As distinct from traditional building methods, lightweight, modular and prefabricated construction – also referred to as Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) – involves the manufacturing of various building sections offsite. The main attractions of MMC include the fact that it can significantly cut construction time and costs, without compromising quality. For this reason, we have seen a significant increase in the number of modular and prefabricated buildings in recent years. While this trend is broadly good news and grounds for optimism in an industry under pressure, it does bring with it some unintended challenges. Most notably, when employing MMC, it is important to realise that the fire protection techniques used elsewhere, do not necessarily apply. If not designed and built correctly, modular and prefabricated buildings can represent a fire risk.

Beginning by explaining the reasons for these risks, this presentation goes on to outline the best ways to address them. It shows specifiers how to reap the benefits associated MCC, without lowering fire safety standards.

Key Learning Outcomes

At the end of this presentation, you should be able to:

  • Outline the key characteristics of lightweight, modular and prefabricated construction.
  • Explain the benefits associated with these and why MCC is becoming more common.
  • Identify the different ways fire behaves in buildings, depending on materials and construction systems.
  • Outline the ways to reduce the risk of fire in modular and prefabricated buildings and ensure they meet all relevant standards.
  • Identify the products and techniques that specifiers need to consider to reduce fire risk.

(PROJECT INITIATION AND CONCEPTUAL DESIGN: PC 28, PC 31, DETAILED DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTATION: PC 39, PC 41, PC 56)

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