Buildings today are much more than just enclosed space surrounded by walls: They are veined and webbed with technical installations of the most varied types that run from room to room, from floor to floor. Service pipes and cables are the lifeblood of modern buildings!
Therefore, preventive fire protection of structural features such as service shafts is more important than ever. Service shafts offer a distinct benefit in that they allow dense vertical co-routing of different utility lines – they are thus a space-saving and cost-efficient option. However, this benefit is prone to melting away in no time if shafts are not properly protected against the risk of fire: Once a fire has been kindled, it takes on a life of its own and begins to blaze, with flames and smoke spreading across the entire building at a frantic pace.
This is why implementation of fire protection measures in service shafts requires special competency and consideration: No two existing service shafts are alike, retrofitting of installations may cause structural vulnerabilities or weaknesses, and even newly built service shafts are not in themselves devoid of pitfalls, as it were, because a variety of aspects (including the type, location and height of adjacent rooms) need to be taken into account; also of course, the legal environment differs from one country to another.
We at svt have built up a wealth of expertise and many years of experience in this highly sophisticated field. We have developed shaft wall solutions that not only comply with stringent statutory requirements, but are also designed with an all-round hands-on approach by combining ease of installation and efficiency.