The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (asfp) would like to comment on the article entitled 'Dry-lining fire threat' (aj 15.7.99).
The system as described would appear to detail a method for the fire protection of structural steel. Such a method is not recognised in the construction industry as being a dry-lining system, but it does use fire- tested boards of various types. A dry-lining system is entirely different to a boarded fire-protection installation to structural steel and is used for a totally different application.
We feel very strongly, therefore, that it is most misleading to state that the fire threat was due to a 'dry-lining system'. It should also be noted that if there is a need to seal board joints for structural-steel fire protection, it should be specified at the design stage, since every uk board manufacturer would be able to recommend a suitable method of achieving a satisfactory deal.
Ron Smith, ASFP technician, Aldershot, Hampshire