The benefits of light steel construction in relation to fire safety are:
SCI publication (P424) has been published (February 2021) which provides design guidance on the fire resistance of light steel framing. P424 contains guidance on how light steel framed buildings should be designed and detailed to provide fire resistance in accordance with the Building Regulations. The guidance addresses the criteria that need to be considered and explains how these can be achieved with light steel framing. It also includes information on fire testing and how to use the data obtained from fire tests in design.
Fire resistance is an important part of the design for any building and since the Grenfell fire disaster the question of fire safety has been heightened. SCI has been working with members of the Light Steel Forum and other industry experts to update design guidance on the fire resistance of light steel framing which is well established as a construction system for medium-rise residential and mixed-use buildings. Light steel framing has gained a market share partly because one of its benefits is that it is non-combustible and does not add to the fire load of the building.
SCI would like to thank the members of the Light Steel Forum for their assistance with P424 and we look forward to working on our next area of technical development together.
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