From fire barriers to remediation
Fire safety equipment must be planned in accordance with the legal guidelines as early as the planning stage of a new building or building refurbishment project. CWS Fire Safety can provide you with support for this and performs structural fire protection works in accordance with DIN 4102, the standard governing the fire behaviour of building materials and building components.
Fire barriers, fire rated ducts, fire dampers and similar structural fire protection products slow the spread of fire and smoke via pipes, cables, tubes and fire compartments that lead to other floors or stairwells. If asbestos suddenly becomes an issue during a renovation or fire test, we can send you our own experts for the remediation.
That’s why you can trust CWS with your structural fire protection
Fire protection must be perfectly coordinated with the laying and installation of electrical, water and air conditioning lines to ensure that your fire protection equipment functions reliably.
We travel throughout the country to perform structural fire protection works as well as the maintenance and inspection of fire protection equipment.
Including toxic substance removal
If your building contains building materials from before 1989 that contain asbestos, we can remove them professionally and bring your fire protection up to code.
We can offer you comprehensive structural fire protection services, from consulting to installation and maintenance.
Types of preventative fire protection
Steps of structural fire protection
Step 1 - Making contact: There are many reasons for structural fire protection. Here are some examples at a glance:
- The Landesbauordnung demands it be implemented,
- a property insurer lacks evidence in the context of their risk assessment,
- a defect has occurred during the expert inspection or
- a tender for a new construction project is imminent.
Step 2 - Planning: Documents, such as specifications and defect reports, help us to assess the situation and prepare a suitable offer for you.
Step 3 - Implementation: We document the professional implementation of the construction works in accordance with the Landesbauordnung digitally, apply appropriate markings depending on the measure and prepare everything for a successful acceptance.
Step 4 - Acceptance: An independent expert assesses the construction works, compares them with the specifications and certifies that they have been correctly implemented. The acceptance report is the proof you give to the authorities and insurance companies.
Step 5 - Maintenance: We can carry out regular maintenance or inspections for you if you so require it and create digital maintenance, inspection or defect reports. We can remedy any defects that may arise immediately after consulting with you. We would also be happy to remind you of your next maintenance date.
Inspection and maintenance of structural fire protection
Building operators are obliged to keep their buildings in a technically perfect condition. All structural fire protection measures, such as fire dampers, are subject to maintenance and inspections. Fire dampers for ventilation systems must be inspected every six months after they are first installed and then annually after two follow-up inspections have found no defects. The following form the basis for this:
- DIN EN 15650: Standard on Ventilation for buildings – Fire dampers,
- DIN EN 13306: Standard on maintenance and
- DIN 31051: Standard on the Fundamentals of maintenance.
If you have a maintenance contract with our CWS Fire Safety Team, we will remind you well ahead of time.
The construction materials used in buildings constructed before 1989 may contain a variety of toxic substances such as asbestos, PCBs and PAHs. These toxic substances can lead to considerable health risks and damage if they remain in the building. This is why they must be removed professionally – even from fire safety equipment.
Keeping people safe is the main priority during remediation works. On the one hand, our specialists wear personal protective equipment, and, on the other hand, the working environment is sealed off by filmed areas. Special suction devices ensure that the toxic substances cannot escape. And we also take care of their professional disposal, of course.
The planning and implementation of structural fire protection measures raises many questions. We have answered the most frequently asked ones below.
What regulates structural fire protection?
Each federal state’s Landesbauordnung (LBO), the federal states’ Muster-Verwaltungsvorschrift Technische Baubestimmungen (MVV TB) and DIN, ASR and VDI standards set the rules.
Where is remediation defined?
The Technische Regeln für Gefahrstoffe (TRGS) and the Leitlinien zur Betriebssicherheitsverordnung (LASI) specify exactly who is allowed to handle which material.
Who is allowed to seal off cables and pipes?
In principle, sealing should only be carried out by trained personnel. Experts are responsible for combination seals, which simultaneously seal off cables and pipes from various supplies such as water, electricity and air conditioning. This is because said experts have been certified by the material manufacturer and are registered by name with DiBt, the Deutsches Institut für Bautechnik.
When is there a risk of coming into contact with asbestos when it comes to fire safety?
Until 1989, asbestos was used in buildings’ barriers, seals and many other building materials, and it isn’t always visible. Since 1989, the use of asbestos has been prohibited by law. For example, if your fire dampers were installed before 1989, you must have them renovated by a specialist company. Our experts would be happy to do this for you.
How can I identify asbestos?
Only a trained eye can identify asbestos. This toxic substance is odourless and does not emit any radiation. It can only be measured and evaluated by room air measurements or by sampling from a certified, accredited laboratory. We would be happy to carry this out for you.
Fire safety and prevention solutions from CWS
Cooperation with various manufacturers
We use various products for structural fire protection from Rockwool, BC Brandschutzsysteme, Flamro, Hilti, Promat, Celsion, Priorit, Trox, Strulik, Schako and Wildeboer.