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Posted October 14th, 2014 by Christy Serafini

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Modern public and commercial buildings often have to adhere to a variety of building codes, and these generally include forms of active fire protection (such as sprinkler and fire extinguisher systems throughout the building), whereas passive fire protection is often thought of at the earlier phases of construction (which can include metal panel systems). But in those early stages, modern passive fire protection can reduce not only the incidence, but the spread of fires. A further advantage to passive fire protection as well as active protection is practical: passive fire protection systems, being part of the construction of the building, work without external sources of power, increasing their effectiveness in case of a natural disaster.

Whether in corporate offices, libraries, or schools, using passive fire protection systems such as metal panel systems in construction or remodeling work– as well as properly compartmentalizing the rooms in the construction of new buildings– will improve occupant safety and reduce the risk of potential injury or death. Besides the reduction in potential medical costs for occupants of the building, good protection also reduces the costs of insurance overall.

Why Metal Wall Panels?

While there are a variety of different types of metal wall panels available for use in a passive fire protection system, which is the right one varies depending on the type of construction or remodeling work being done. Unfortunately, a lot of paneling, especially in older buildings, is simply wood. This is unfortunately the least safe design choice, regardless of how good of an active fire protection system a building may have. Active fire protection systems have the advantage of physically reducing the size or scope of a fire, but unless the building is itself fire resistant, your occupants remain far more at risk.

Metal wall panels provide a layer of heat resistance that wood paneling simply doesn’t have. Fire-rated wall assemblies have been specifically tested with fire to determine how well they can protect occupants in adjacent areas. Thus, passive fire protection involves limiting the scope of the fire by stopping its spread at its point of origin. Besides metal paneling, steps are also taken to wall off electrical connections, which can also cause a fire to spread.

Using a Local Contractor to Assess and Implement Passive Fire Protection Measures

Because delivery and installation of the materials used in a passive protection system can take time, experienced local companies who are knowledgeable in the industry and familiar with the wide variety of metal paneling types and surfaces available can make all the difference in terms of a successful implementation. Local companies with experience in passive fire protection systems can work with construction teams to seamlessly integrate this technology into your project, whether a new building or interior reconstruction.

Wade Architectural Systems is the leader in passive fire protection technologies in Texas, with offices in both the Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth Metro region. With over 25 years of experience in successful PFP paneling installation, Wade Architectural Systems assists in both private and public construction works to make sure that your building is not only up to date with all local codes, but that your structure is at its safest.