CINTEC FIRE RESISTANT ANCHORS
In view of the recent fires and loss of life in refurbished buildings, Cintec™ has been fully aware of the danger of fire and has always produced fire resistant remedial anchors and reinforcement. In the past few years, fire has been an increasing concern when buildings are being retrofitted, restored, or modernized. On June 14th, 2017, a fire broke out in the 24 storey Grenfell Tower, widely reported as the worst residential fire to take place in the U.K since the second World War, due to failures by design.
As concerns over fire safety spread through the country, Prime Minister Theresa May ordered a public inquiry. As stated in the final report of the review of building regulations and fire safety, England is by no means alone in needing to improve building safety, as building regulations are a global concern. Under the terms of the EC Construction Products Directive, resistance to fire is one of the essential requirements for which performance tests are required. In Europe, thin-joint mortars have become popular, thus there are a number of situations where fixings are made using organic polymers as either the tie body, or in the form of resin glues. Such ties are not inherently fire resistant and could fail and shorten the life of a cavity wall in a fire, or lead to the collapse of cladding resulting in danger to escaping occupants and fire fighters.
Cintec™ anchors are the cementitious fire-resistant alternative to resin anchors. Since Cintec’s™ anchors are based on reliable restoration materials, cementitious grout and stainless steel, they easily provide the elusive fire rating typically absent in other systems.
Over the last few years, a number of fires have had a devastating effect on refurbished buildings, resulting in loss of life. Cintec has put together this leaflet in order to provide additional information to those professionals involved in the rehabilitation of the built environment.