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Passive Fire Protection

Passive Fire Protection

Passive fire protection is a term to describe the process of establishing, constructing and maintaining the fire resistance of the structural and non-structural elements of a building or structure to prevent the spread of fire and smoke between compartments.

Passive fire protection within a building or structure also helps maintain the integrity of the path of travel to a required exit and its associated discharge point for the safe evacuation of the occupants of a building.

The performance requirements for fire resistance in a building or structure is covered in Section C (Fire resistance), Volume One of the National Construction Code.


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