Passive Fire Protection (PFP)

Designed to minimise the potential damage of a building fire.

What is Passive Fire Protection (PFP)?

Passive Fire Protection (PFP) is a vital component of any fire safety strategy. It is built into the structural fabric of a building to safeguard people’s lives and limit the financial impact of damage to buildings and their contents.

It does this in several ways:

  • Limiting the spread of fire and smoke by containing it in a single compartment
  • Protecting escape routes for essential means of escape
  • Protecting the building structure thereby ensuring its sustainability

Passive Fire Protection is built into the structure to provide stability and into walls and floors to separate the building into areas of manageable risk – compartments.

These areas are designed to restrict the growth and spread of fire allowing occupants to escape and offering protection for firefighters. Such protection is either provided by the materials from which the building is constructed or is added to the building to enhance its fire resistance.