The 3 biggest challenges Injecta Fire Barrier helps property owners avoid
The 3 biggest challenges Injecta Fire Barrier helps property owners avoid

After the devastating effects of the Grenfell tower tragedy changes to legislation have been implemented for the Fire Safety Act 2021 and the Buildings Safety Act in 2022. Many owners and landlords are now faced with looking at a buildings structure and external walls to see if it meets the new safety fire regulations.

In particular, property managers are faced with the challenge caused by existing cladding and the fire risk that the void between it and the wall can create.

They are often confronted with the huge cost of removing the external façade to access the structure’s cavity – but, luckily, there are alternatives.

As independent approved installers of the highly innovative Injectaclad cavity fire barrier system, we work with many property owners facing this conundrum.

So, we thought we would have a look at the challenge, the role a passive cavity fire barrier can play, and the three main issues it can help avoid…

 

Cost

When restoring the buildings safety the priority, one of the biggest factors affecting remedial work to any property is typically cost.

With unlimited resources, any solution to combat voids in a building’s cavity could be viable – but financial considerations make some simply uneconomic, potentially rendering the building unusable.

The primary cost that most building owners wish to avoid is having to physically remove facade.

This is where passive cavity fire barrier protection can create enormous cost benefits.

Injectaclad is a fire-resistant graphite sealant that rapidly expands on contact with heat. It can be easily installed via injection methods into voids between a building’s wall and façade and lays dormant until activated in the event of a fire.

Injectaclad is installed using a patented method to provide the required cavity and fire barrier at floor slab, party wall and window reveal locations. This high-speed application can be completed within a few weeks, depending on the size of the project.

The product expands 25 times its size upon contact with heat, and is considered as an intumescent or reactive material. It acts to fill any void left by combustible materials and maintains the fire barrier line. As it contains graphite, it has a very high boiling point, does not burn and prevents the spread of fire through the cavity.

It is rated for up to 120 minutes of fire protection. This precious time allows occupants to evacuate the building safely and gives emergency services more time to tackle the blaze. This having the potential to avoid costs associated with extensive fire damage or loss of the building.

For a fraction of the cost of removing an external façade the fire protection is restored meeting the latest Building Fire Safety legislation.

 

Disruption

Disruption is another challenge facing cavity fire barrier remediation work.

Depending on the use and makeup of the building, it is likely that the removal of the façade will result in significant disruption to the people who work or reside in the property.

With the building surrounded by scaffolding and other equipment to aide working at height, it may take many months, or years to carry out remediation work in the traditional way.

Even if the work is only on the exterior of the building, it is possible that Health & Safety regulations will require the building to be closed and residents or workers to be vacated. Work can be very noisy and create significant waste and dirt.

Once again, as well as a huge cost saving, the Injectaclad solution can avoid this disruption.

As Injectaclad is simply injected into a specially designed ‘sock’ into a building’s cavity within the fabric of the building, it can typically be completed within a fraction of the time of traditional methods with minimal impact on the property and its occupiers.

 

Waste

With the worlds focus being on protecting our precious environment, preventing waste is another challenge.

As well as the financial cost the removal of an existing facade will require the means to transport and dispose of large quantities of waste into landfill as most facades that have been removed cannot usually be recycled.

Not only is the initial cost of the facade lost but the cost to dispose of the waste can be high too.

Once again, installing a passive cavity fire barrier avoids this waste and its disposal – and the existing facade can complete its useful lifespan.

 

Great benefits

The Injectaclad system – installed by Injecta Fire Barrier – has already saved property owners millions by avoiding the cost of removing, disposing of existing facades to meet fire safety regulations.

It is an easy and highly cost-effective alternative that can be completed in a fraction of the time – helping to make building structures, and the people within them, safe.

 

Injecta Fire Barrier

As the UK’s first independent approved installer of the highly innovative Injectaclad cavity fire barrier system, we are working across the UK to restore building fire safety. We have a wealth of experience and a team who are committed to the highest standards.

More information about Injecta Fire Barrier and the solution we can offer can be found at https://injectafirebarrier.com/