- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 20 Jan 2018
Installing fire protection to structural steelwork (GG 85)
Steel-framed buildings now (2017) account for 66% of the market in multi-storey non-domestic buildings and 88.5% of the market in single-storey non-domestic buildings in the UK. In 1981, fire protection accounted for 31% of the cost of structural steelwork, but by 2007, this was just 17%.
During this period, thin-film intumescent coatings came to dominate the market. These are water-based or solvent based paint like materials that expand when heated to form a ‘char’ which protects steel in the event of fire. The performance of this, and other forms of protection, such as insulating boards or sprayed protection, is dependent on the quality of the installation.
BRE (Building Research Establishment) is an independent, research-based consultancy, testing and training organisation, operating in the built environment and associated industries. On 3 May 2017, BRE published, Installing fire protection to structural steelwork (GG 85) written by Tom Lennon, Ian Stewart and Andy Russell.
The 8 page Good Building Guide addresses the importance of correctly installing passive and reactive fire protection to structural steelwork to ensure expected performance criteria are achieved in the event of a fire. It identifies key issues for specifiers, manufacturers, contractors and approval authorities and includes references to more comprehensive sources of information.
Its contents includes:
- Structural steel in fire.
- Regulatory requirements.
- Forms of passive and reactive fire protection to structural steelwork.
- Test, assessment and certification requirements.
- Third-party certification.
- Fire risk assessment.
- Liaison between all parties.
 Find out more
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
- Approved document B.
- BS 9999.
- Concrete vs. steel.
- Fire and rescue service.
- Fire authority.
- Fire detection and alarm system.
- Fire prevention on construction sites.
- Fire protection engineering.
- Fire safety design.
- Guidance for construction quality management professionals: Structural Steelwork.
- Intumescent coatings.
- Metal fabrication.
- Passive and reactive fire protection to structural steel (IP 6 12).
- Steel construction floor vibration
- Steel reinforcement
- Steel-concrete composite structures
- Structural steel
- The causes of false fire alarms in buildings.
- The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
- The role of codes, standards and approvals in delivering fire safety.
Featured articles and news
The London Build Expo is hosting a Diversity in Construction panel and networking session on October 24.
Analysis can help develop a specification, but must not lead to inappropriate specifications being accepted.
Dos and don'ts for creating a smart home.
New ICE publication recommends pay-as-you-go tax to fund roads and other financing options.
BSRIA launches a White Paper on wearable technology and wellbeing in buildings.
Have the pressures of the market shredded the core values of professionalism?
Lead times are a measure of the amount of time that elapses between initiating and completing a construction process.
Government releases first tranche of funding for removal of unsafe high-rise cladding.
How to ensure UK transport infrastructure copes with severe winter weather.