Fire Rating Required For Partitions
As partitioning is used in all types of buildings, with different applications, the performance criteria and desired appearance varies from scheme to scheme, but common requirements are:
- 30/00 (30 minutes integrity / 00 minutes insulation)
- 30/30 (30 minutes integrity / 30 minutes insulation)
- 60/30 (60 minutes integrity / 30 minutes insulation)
- 60/60 (60 minutes integrity / 60 minutes insulation)
When partitioning is installed in a new building it may be required to contain a fire within a space (compartment) or to provide a means of escape for personnel into which a fire cannot readily penetrate (protected corridor). In all instances, when correctly specified and installed, the partitioning can contribute massively to the safety of the occupants of a building and contain the effects of a fire.