Steel building safety: Protection pays

Steel Building Safety: Protection paysJust like any other industry, the building industry needs a certain level of protection to ensure its assets are safe and secure. The old adage, ‘prevention is better than cure’ is certainly true for our industry as well. Here at DPL Steel Buildings safety is our top priority, we ensure that our composite and insulated cladding meets industry standards and that we have a rigorous approach to building safety, adhering to the Loss Prevention Certification Board’s rigorous standards at all times.

This blog looks at the standards that we adhere to and the how testing is done.

The LPCB Standard

The Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB) has been in place for over 100 years and provides many benefits. It serves to bridge the gap between industries and the government and to ensure that fire and security products and services perform to the highest standard.

The LPCB provides third-party to ensure that products and services meet the highest industry standards and this benefits specifiers and manufacturers alike.

We use LPCB-approved products to help minimise fire safety and security risks, which in turn will help to benefit employee and customer safety and can also have a positive impact on insurance.

It is also a positive way for a business to show its commitment to due diligence as well as reducing legal implications and the need to spend time searching for products and services. The positive benefits are incredibly worthwhile to any business.

LPCB has a worldwide acceptance, so you can be sure that the testing and research that they carry out will be recognised and approved.

How testing is undertaken

Insurance fire testing standards use a variety of assessments including full-scale tests of the system that replicate how products are installed on site.

Effective Asset Protection

Whilst the Building Regulations are primarily focused on life safety, large scale tests from the insurance industry have been designed to determine how well the building envelope will resist the spread of fire.

Opting to use insurer approved products is beneficial in a number of ways. In addition to making the insurance process much simpler, the rigorous realistic nature of the large-scale tests offers increased peace of mind that the product will perform as expected in a fire situation, reducing the risk of property loss.

LPS 1181 Part 1 – A Brief Overview

LPCB’s LPS 1181 Part 1 assesses the performance of roof and wall systems through a large-scale test. The test is designed to measure fire spread and is suitable for a range of building types.

The complete system is installed within a 10m long x 4.5m wide x 3m high enclosure with an open front and ventilation window at the side.  A large wooden crib is located on a steel table inside. During the test, the crib is ignited, allowed to burn for 30 minutes. One of the key performance requirements is that there shall be no sustained surface flaming beyond 1.5m from the perimeter of the crib in both horizontal directions on the walls and the ceiling.  In addition, there are specific pass / fail criteria related flashover, external surface flaming, burning brands from the ceiling, concealed burning and damage.

Our commitment

DPL is committed to ensuring that LPCB protection is in place and adhered to because of tangible business benefits, commitment to due diligence and positive impact on the safety of building, people and products. All our composite and insulated cladding is tested and accredited by the LPCB to LPS 1181:1-2003.

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