Modular Construction

Modular Construction

As building costs rise, the construction sector has shifted to new materials and technologies that enhance design capabilities and productivity without compromising quality and performance. Traditional onsite building has made way for lightweight, pre-fabricated and/or prefabricated construction or sometime called Modular Construction, where sections of a building are manufactured offsite.

Pre-fabricated lightweight construction brings speed, efficiency and quality – key factors for an industry constantly looking at improving its productivity performance.

The real estate demand and the availability and relative costs of skilled construction labor is making the Modular Construction model attractive to developers. This industry shift has implications for fire safety as the nature of buildings comprised of pre-fabricated lightweight systems is such that the types of fire protection used for standard heavyweight buildings may not be suitable. Careful specification is required to ensure lightweight building systems deliver the required levels of fire protection in real fire conditions.

We take a closer look at fire-resistant elements, such as steel protection, walls, floors, ceilings and fire stopping, in Modular Construction and discuss the key considerations when specifying and detailing for effective fire protection.

Key Systems and Applications

Structural Steel Protection

Structural Steel Protection

  • Vermiculite spray
  • Intumescent coatings
  • Board encasement systems

Walls

Walls

  • External walls
  • Single skin barriers
  • Metal framed partitions

Floors and ceilings

Floors and ceilings

  • Ceilings
  • Floors
  • Mezzanine
  • Protected Zones

Fire-stopping

Fire-stopping

  • Intumescents
  • Cementitious mortars
  • Firestop pillows
  • Fire-resistant collars for pipes
  • High density mineral wool
  • Sealants
  • Wraps

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