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What is a Fire cavity barrier?

Discussion in 'Trade Talk' started by Tyrone Thompson, 2 Jan 2020.

  1. Tyrone Thompson

    Tyrone Thompson

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    So I’m doing a loft conversion and extension on my 2 bed bungalow, the building regs notes asks for “fire resistant cavity barriers to be installed at tops of wall and gable end walls”

    anyone know what these look like? And can provide me with a link to the ones I need? It’s a full fill cavity insulation job
     
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    Whilst I'm not a brickie, I've installed Tenmat fire cavity barriers on a few jobs in recent years where we needed to provide fire breaks in the cavity formed between the building outer skin and cedar or Corian cladding. They look like this and are often (in our case) installed vertically, although bigger jobs sometimes call for horizontal installations:

    TENMAT-H Ventilated Fire Cavity Barriers 001_01.jpg

    They're often some form of mineral wool or mineral wool batting encased in an intumescent "skin"
     
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    Thanks for the response, can’t really see how it’s needed for my house, maybe apart from the adjoining gable wall, I have a rear dormer with cladding but the fire wouldn’t be spreading to another premises.
     
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    Across the tops of the clad wall(s) between the cladding and the wall in order to stop fire spreading up the cavity and into the roof space?
     
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