Southport, Lancashire, UK
Electric Cable Fire Performance Technology
I am a fire expert in electric cable technology specialising in the Nuclear & Infrastructure sectors. I am a member of the Institute of Marketing, Institute of Measurement & Control and the Insitute of Fire Prevention Officers. I am associated with the TRM/MICC Group of Companies in consultation with architects and M&E consultants in the preparation of specifications for cable use in high rise structures.
Fear of fire in high rise buildings had always been confined to the United States but with the emergence of the desire to gain International status high rise buildings are appearing all over the World. It is probably too early to speculate on the cause of the fire but electrical malfunction cannot be ruled out. Since electric cables are tane the length and breadth of any building the choice of cable is of major importance. Especially, those providing supply to critical emergency life saving equipment. In such circumstances, it is questionable whether the choice of cable and the standards & approvals, for fire performance cables, are fit for purpose in high rise building environments..
The London Skyline is now dominated by high rise buildings in a densely populated area. The risk of fire is immense. The prospect of fire, in high rise building structures, is high and the possible damage to property and potential loss of life are of critical proportions. Fires can only be fought externally up to 7 floors. Accordingly, internal fire systems have to offer security of the electrical supply to all emergency services. High integrity MICC electrical cabling should be considered. The selection of materials is often dictated by price at the expense of quality and products that are fit for purpose to combat fire in emergency situations..
Comment on: ACME reworks £300m central Chester plans
Chester's historic Rows are a protected feature of Chester's shopping area. Protection against fire has to be an essential requirement. Moreover, access to the city centre is difficult due to narrow streets that are often gridlocked. Fire fighting would be a considerable hazard. Best practice would be to chose the ultimate in enhanced fire survival equipment and electric cables to provide security of the electrical supply. Maintaining the electrical supply would be critical in fire conditions.
Comment on: Chipperfield lined up for US Embassy overhaul
This is an interesting development that requires the top solutions in terms of it's security and threat of fire. The building has attracted a good deal of activity, from suspicious factions, over the years. Security in this building must be high on any developer's agenda. Enhanced fire survival electric cables, type MICC, having a two hour fire rating, is vital. Best practice must apply in this particular instance.
Following the disastrous fire in the original building much focus of attention will, no doubt, be given to the subject of Fire Protection. The emphasis must be on the security of the electrical supply to all fire rated circuits. This is endorsed by the Fire Officers and the IFPO. A 2 hour fire rated cable is essential and must include an enhanced fire survival cabling, known as MICC. Accordingly, this should be discussed with the design team leaders Park\Page.