Passive fire protection design

Raising the bar in passive fire protection: the evolving role of architects post-Grenfell

#FirestopSeminar in partnership with RIBA Journal - 18th November 2019

Passive fire protection in cross-laminated timber

Effective passive fire protection is an ever-evolving issue for our industry and one that we are continuously looking to address through the development of new products and technologies. But we know that it’s more than just a box ticking exercise for contractors – it’s the focus of long-term planning and design, crafted by architects to secure a safer future.

At our #FirestopSeminar in conjunction with RIBA Journal, our panel of speakers discussed how the industry can raise the bar in firestop design and examined the architects role post-Grenfell. 

The three leading presentations from our expert speaker panel communicated the main learnings from the Industry Response Group’s Raising the Bar report, followed by the evolving impact of Grenfell and what it means for architects, as well as a Designer’s Guide to Firestopping in Cross Laminated Timber Buildings.

The seminar concluded with a panel discussion focusing on the role of architects in specifying and managing firestop products and systems, an ever more essential element in an architect’s skillset.

In case you missed it, you can follow the #FirestopSeminar to read the live twitter feed from the event, keep-up with the latest insights and join the discussion. Check back here in the coming weeks post-event to access the full write-up, vox-pop videos and presentations from our panel and much more.


Meet the Panel

Professor Richard Hull

Professor Richard Hull

Professor of Chemistry and Fire Science, School of Physical Sciences and Computing, University of Central Lancashire

Seminar Chair

Paul Bussey

Paul Bussey

Technical Design: CDM / Fire / Access Lead, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Architects

Panellist and Speaker on: Raising the Bar – in industry and government

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Jane Duncan

Jane Duncan OBE

Director, Jane Duncan Architects

Panellist and Speaker on: The role of architects post-Grenfell

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Alastair Brockett

Alastair Brockett

Fire Engineer, Hilti

Panellist and Speaker on: Firestopping in Cross Laminated Timber Buildings – a Designer’s Guide

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Niall Rowan

Niall Rowan

CEO, Association of Fire Protection Specialists


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Passive fire protection design is an issue that will be key to securing the future of our industry so it's essential we work together to minimise risk across the job sites of tomorrow. We're gathering a whole range of resources to support you to identify best-practice in passive fire protection design including webinars, the #firestopseminar resources, articles and blogs, well as videos from our leading expert panel.

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