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Leading manufacturer of fire, acoustic and thermal insulation products SIDERISE has appointed Paul Handscomb as its new Technical Systems Officer.

Leading manufacturer of fire, acoustic and thermal insulation products SIDERISE has appointed Paul Handscomb as its new Technical Systems Officer.

With more than 40 years technical, acoustic and development experience across a wide range of sectors, Paul Handscomb arrives at SIDERISE Hadleigh and will be a key feature in the development and growth of the company, as well as exploring the potential for transferring technologies across different industries.

Paul’s new role within the business will involve new product development, improving technical systems, compliance, testing as well as technical support across the industrial and transportation sectors.

Commenting on the new appointment, Graham Laws (Business Development Officer) at SIDERISE said: “We are delighted to welcome Paul to the SIDERISE team.  Paul has a wealth of experience across engineering, technical systems and project management, and his skills and passion will make him a great asset for business development as we prepare for the next generation of SIDERISE products.”

“This is a fantastic opportunity. To play a part in developing new business and taking SIDERISE to the next level is very exciting,” said Paul Handscomb.

“I am very happy to have been made a part of the team at SIDERISE and I look forward to continuing the technology innovation and building on the company’s success.”

Steve Swales (Chief Commercial Officer) at SIDERISE said: “With his enthusiasm, knowledge of systems and process, and technical acumen, Paul is ideally suited to the next stage of SIDERISE’S technology and growth development.”

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Leading manufacturer of fire, acoustic and thermal insulation products SIDERISE has boosted its sales and technical teams with Ben Trotman taking on the role of Internal Sales Supervisor and Sean Hirons appointed as Technical Service Engineer.

Leading manufacturer of fire, acoustic and thermal insulation products SIDERISE has boosted its sales and technical teams with Ben Trotman taking on the role of Internal Sales Supervisor and Sean Hirons appointed as Technical Service Engineer.

Joining the sales team as Internal Sales Supervisor and bringing a wealth of experience within the construction industry, Ben will be responsible for contributing to the continued success of the SIDERISE business. Managing a team of three at Maesteg in South Wales, Ben will play a key role in helping the company achieve its sales and commercial objectives.

Sean Hirons comes to SIDERISE from Apple UK where he was a product specialist. A graduate of Cardiff Metropolitan University and with a masters in Computer Science from Swansea University, Sean will reporting to Chris Mort, SIDERISE Group Technical Officer. He will be responsible for growing the company’s BIM and app offerings as well as resolving technical queries.

Commenting on the new appointments, Chris Hall, Commercial Development Officer at SIDERISE said: “We are delighted to welcome Sean and Ben to our fast-growing team here at SIDERISE. They will play a big part in the company’s drive to further improve its customer relationships.”

“The role and job growth at SIDERISE is very exciting,” said Sean Hirons. “It will also be a challenge, as academic application is always different to industry, but it is a great opportunity to learn and progress.”

Ben Trotman added: “I am very happy to have been made a part of the team at SIDERISE and I look forward to continuing its long history of producing the best products on the market and building on the company’s success.”

Chris Hall said: “With their enthusiasm, product knowledge and technical acumen, both Ben and Sean will be great assets to the business.”

For further information about SIDERISE, or for technical advice, contact a member of our team who will be happy to help.

With 40 per cent of fatalities (according to the DCLG) being a result of smoke and noxious gases, Siderise’s Chris Hall considers the importance of passive fire protection in high-rise buildings to mitigate the effects of fire to save lives.

When you consider that asphyxiation from smoke and noxious gases accounts for more than 40 per cent of fatalities (according to the DCLG) and that most deaths happen to people who were not in the room where the fire originated, it is easy to see why firestops are critical to prevent the passage of flames and noxious gases from one floor to the next. Chris Hall, Commercial Development Officer of SIDERISE feels that passive fire protection solutions play a vital role in high-rise buildings mitigating the effects of fire, saving lives and property.

Fires in high-rise buildings generate large quantities of smoke that tend to spread vertically throughout the building, even if the fire is contained to only one room. Smoke travels at up to 130 metres every minute and whilst most people can easily move at this rate in normal circumstances, the majority of survivors of fires stated that smoke restricted their ability to see to no more than 4 metres. 

When the linear gap at perimeter edge between the floor and curtain wall is not properly sealed, flames and smoke will spread vertically to higher floors. Addressing these linear gaps by properly installing firestops, maintains the floors fire compartmentation of the building. This delays vertical smoke-spread and reduces the risk of smoke-related deaths in the upper floors of the building.

Safe solution

The Perimeter barrier firestops seal the linear gap between the edge of the compartment floor slab and external curtain wall. Due to project designs and site tolerances, this linear gap can be variable, so the firestop system used needs to have a degree of ‘dynamic’ movement capability – compression and recovery – in order to accommodate serviceability movement. What is critical is the firestop system must do this in combination with the primary functional requirement, which is to maintain continuity of fire resistance between the compartment floor and the external wall. The installed firestop system needs to match the same period of fire resistance as the compartment floor.

All firestop systems need to be tested to two criteria – Integrity and Insulation (EI).

Integrity (E) refers to the ability of the system to prevent the passage of flame, smoke and combustible gases either through, around the material or through joints in an assembly; while Insulation (I) refers to a measure of the increase in conducted heat transferred from the exposed to unexposed surfaces of 180°C rise above ambient.

These two criteria are critical in the development of curtain wall perimeter firestop products. The most effective products combine a number of material features – density, thickness, resin content, fibre structure and controlled compression – which together determine the resistance properties.

When looking at the Integrity (E) criteria, the material chosen must be impervious to the transfer of flame and gases, easy to install with minimal site management and accommodate all real-world requirements at interfaces, joints and details.

In order to meet the fire and smoke stop requirements in all external façade applications, the Certifire Approved SIDERISE CW-FS perimeter barrier and firestop systems offer an unrivalled combination of fully-qualified performance, practical installation and service benefits.

The principal function of the SIDERISE CW system is to maintain continuity of fire resistance by sealing the linear gap between the compartment floors or walls and external curtain walls both horizontally and vertically.

SIDERISE perimeter barriers and firestops for curtain wallinguse a patented method of manufacture that provides a resilient lateral compression. This facilitates installation, ensures the requisite tight fit and enhances fire Integrity (E). Throughout the range, the materials comprise a one-piece product with a pre-compressed non-combustible stonewool core. The products also have integral aluminium foil facings to provide an overall Class A1 rating and excellent resistance to the passage of smoke. SIDERISE CW-FS perimeter barrier and firestop systems also offer an unrivalled combination of independent third party Certifire approved performance data for both horizontal and vertical applications, Certifire Certificate No CF563 refers.

The systems can offer tested fire rating options ranging from 30 minutes to five hours and can accommodate void widths up to 1200mm. In addition to providing an effective seal against the passage of smoke and fire, the products will also function as an effective acoustic barrier and plenum lining.

Sealing the voids

At the $135 million Al Fattan Crystal Towers, recently completed at the Dubai Marina in the UAE, fire safety was paramount in a development which houses hotel rooms, suites and residential apartments.

With both vertical and horizontal fire compartmentation requirements, the specification of SIDERISE CW-FS 120 firestops provided the contractor Cladtech with a one-stop-shop solution that could maintain a fire and smoke seal in one product and could successfully fill lineargaps at the podium levels in excess of 300mm.

For the two towers, Cladtech installed 12,000 LM of SIDERISE CW-FS 120 firestops including horizontal (floor slab) and vertical compartmentation. With the timeline on the project critical, the use of this dry fix system enabled the work to be completed quickly and efficiently, ready for handover to subcontractors.

Throughout the application, SIDERISE provided comprehensive support including drawing assistance, liaison with the authorities for approval, installation training and periodic site inspection and assistance.

Whilst specifying the correct product is vital, the quality of installation is equally as important. Contractors installing life saving measures such as perimeter barriers and firestops must have adequate training on the particular manufacturer’s products and be qualified to install it in the first place. When it comes to saving lives and protecting businesses and property, a well designed and installed system can make the difference.

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