The Forum brings together the collective expertise of the passive fire protection industry and provides a central body of opinion so that the Industry may speak with one voice to articulate the benefits and value of passive fire protection in the achievement of fire safe building design and construction.
Passive fire protection is the primary measure integrated within the constructional fabric of a building to provide inherent fire safety and protection by responding against flame, heat and smoke to maintain the fundamental requirements of building compartmentation, structural stability, fire separation and safe means of escape.
Passive fire protection measures achieve their intended purpose by raising the fire resistance of the structure, protecting the structure against the effects of fire, reducing fire spread through secondary ignition, limiting the movement of flame and smoke, and minimising the danger of fire-induced collapse or structural distortion.
Passive fire protection design, incorporating passive fire protection materials, systems and assemblies, serves by fire containment to protect life, safeguard the building structure, protect assets, maintain building serviceability after fire, minimise rebuild costs, and facilitate quick business recovery and continuity.
The objectives of PFPF are to:
- advance passive fire protection technologies, and their effective application, by encouraging practical, best practice solutions within the context of integrated, cost effective fire safety design.
- work with Governments in developing fire safety in the built environment, and be recognised by Government as the principal representative body on behalf of the Industry.
- champion the particular merits of passive fire protection that lead to a continuous improvement in life safety and public welfare, property protection, firefighter safety, and those aspects of construction design which make the firefighting tasks easier to carry out.
- help fire professionals, authorities and those who rely on the effective functioning of passive fire protection, by communicating the views, recommendations and guidance of the Industry with authority, responsibility and integrity
The individual aims are to:
- be acknowledged as the leading organisation representing passive fire protection in the UK.
- raise the profile of passive fire protection and project the interests of the Industry within the wider fire and construction arenas, by following an active programme of involvement, promotion and communication
- work for a wider recognition of the role of passive fire protection within a balanced fire safety strategy for buildings, based on a fair presentation of the capability of passive fire protection used either separately from, or together with, other fire safety measures
- enhance and maintain the reliability and quality of passive fire protection materials, systems and designs by working for the definition, development, recognition and adoption of best practice principles within the Industry. represent the collective views of the industry for input to any appropriate national and international bodies.
- promote the safe use of passive fire protection products and systems via independent third party certification of products and installations
- involve all representative sector trade associations who have an interest in passive fire protection in the UK, and facilitate the achievement of a co-ordinated overview on behalf of the Industry through constructive discussion and peer review
- argue and warn against practices in fire safety design that result in compromised, downgraded structural fire protection that could imperil life safety and property protection through unwarranted trade-off between different fire safety measures
- liaise with relevant bodies including UK Government Departments, Standards Authorities, Insurance Associations, The Fire & Rescue Service, Building Control, Market Surveillance Authorities, Certification and Testing Authorities in the achievement of their objectives in improved fire safety. And, by constructive interchange, to understand the individual needs of these organisations
- support Government innovation and technology initiatives for the construction industry, where appropriate, and co-operate in the development of fire regulations by making sure that the guidance of the Industry is provided when needed.
- ensure that the collective views of the Industry are put forward as input to any other appropriate national and international body considering matters of import regarding the use of passive fire protection measures.
- keep member associations informed on significant developments and trends in fire safety and related issues, including standards and technical aspects. Also, to support members as appropriate in these respects
- foster links with international and national organisations who represent or act on behalf of passive fire protection.