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Sealmaster Cavity Fire Seal


INTRODUCTION

The last few years have seen a massive increase in the number of timber framed buildings being constructed, especially those over a single storey in height. These timberframed constructions require an uninterrupted, fully ventilated cavity between inner and outer walls to ensure that rot and fungus are avoided and the timbers remain undamaged. However, in multi-storey buildings, this cavity poses a significant fire hazard and can act as a chimney, spreading fire and smoke throughout the structure very quickly.

THE PROBLEM
Sealmaster was approached by one of the UK's leading construction companies, who were at the time involved in a large timber framed development, and tasked with the development of a cavity fire seal; this seal had to allow full ventilation and drainage, be impervious to moisture and other atmospheric contaminants and, if called upon, provide fire integrity for periods in excess of 30 minutes. Needless to say, it also had to be rugged and easy to install.

Sealmaster Cavity Fire Seal Typical Installation DetailTHE SOLUTION
The Sealmaster Cavity Fire Seal fulfills all of these criteria with ease and provides a permanent, maintenance free solution to what would be a very dangerous problem. It actually exceeds the design brief by providing over 60 minutes fire integrity. The seal comprises of a length of our flexible graphite based intumescent material, set into a stainless steel carrier system. This results in both the materials and their fixings being fully resistant to water, damp, humidity, heat and cold and even frost.

APPLICATION AND INSTALLATION
Sealmaster Cavity Fire Seal is suitable for use in cavities from 20 - 50mm wide, in all timber framed constructions. it may be used in a horizontal or vertical plane, i.e. at floor level or around window atertures. It is mounted directly to the inner cavity wall or on a splayed, treated softwood batten, if necessary, to provide a clear gap of 10mm between the seal and cavity outer wall. This batten may be continuous or interrupted by vertical battens, as needed.

The batten should be fixed through to the structure with 75mm galvanised nails at 250mm centres, staggered top to bottom, the seal is then fixed directly to the batten with 30mm galvanised nails, staggered at 150mm centres. Care should be taken to ensure that joints in the batten and cavity fire seal and / or fixings do noy coincide. The Sealmaster Cavity Fire Seal does not require any intumescent mastic to joint or to bed against, nor does it require any paint or other protective coatings.

SPECIFICATION TEXT

HOW TO SPECIFY
Please specify Cavity Fire Seal as follows:
"Install Sealmaster Cavity Fire Seal, in accordance with Manufacturer's instructions, to inside face of cavity in line with floor level. Obtain materials from Sealmaster, Pampisford, Cambridge. CB22 3HG. Telephone: 01223 832851".

AVAILABILITY
The Cavity Fire Seal is available ex-stock for immediate delivery. Express overnight delivery can also be arranged, at additional cost, on request.

SERVICES
Sealmaster provide initial design services with technical support at all stages of work, from planning through to site installation, without obligation.

FURTHER INFORMATION
Our sales and technical teams will only be too pleased to provide further advice or technical information on Sealmaster's fire penetration systems or any form of passive fire protection.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

ProductCode: CFS. Size: 40 x 10mm Supplied in 1250mm lengths. Colour: Black / Natural. Cavity Size: 20 - 50mm. Battern: (not supplied) 50mm high, 20° splay, 10 - 30mm wide, preservative treated softwood. Fixings: (not supplied) Galvanised steel clout head nails Battern to structure - 75mm Seal to batten - 30mm.

Components: Stainless steel mesh, stainless steel rivets, graphite based ntumescent material.

Moisture Resistance: The Cavity Fire Seal is unaffected by atmospheric carbon dioxide or moisture. Even after undergoing total submersion in water, and then being subjected to freezing conditions, Cavity Fire Seal activates reliably at the designated temperature.

Fire Resistance: In excess of 60 minutes when installed in accordance with manufacturers instructions.

Safety: Care should be taken when handling / installing the Cavity Fire Seal as there may be sharp edges to the stainless steel carrier. The intumescent material is odourless, non-toxic and is asbestos free. No further Health and Safety issues apply.
Sealmaster Cavity Fire Seal Batten Cross Section
TEST EVIDENCE
Part 1: 1999 (replacement for BS476 Part 22) andwitnessed by representatives of Chiltern Internnational Fire and the NHBC. The test was terminated after 69 minutes without failure. Test report available on request.

NHBC APPROVAL
The Cavity Fire Seal is approved by NHBC for use in timber framed constructions, as detailed.


 

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