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FIREFLY™ is a range of world-leading and fully certified passive fire protection products comprising lightweight, easy to install flexible fire barriers with system ancillaries supported by state of the art fire stopping products.
Fire barrier systems are available for vertical and horizontal applications, independently tested for use on various substrates and the expected accommodation of penetrations.
Fully tested and certified by IFC. Installation drawings and expert technical support are available both online and in person.
Rated for integrity and insulation performance, TITAN Lite™ 120:60 is the highest performing fire barrier exceeding 2 hours integrity and 1 hour insulation performance (BS 476 Parts 20/22).
FIREFLY™ was the first certified flexible fire barrier system and remains the most recognised and respected brand in the business to this day.
Fire barriers are used to compartmentalise building voids or concealed spaces to delay the spread of fire and smoke in an emergency. They are rated for integrity and insulation performance.
The recent addition of firestopping products makes FIREFLY™ the number one supplier of passive fire protection products in the UK.
All FIREFLY™ passive fire protection products are fully certified and supported by an experienced team able to provide timely and practical support and training to ensure installations are problem-free, compliant with regulations and meet the increasingly demanding expectations of the market.
FIREFLY™ flexible fire barriers (also known as cavity barriers) are made with combinations of specialty woven and nonwoven glass substrates and aluminium foils. The range of barriers has been developed by TBA Protective Technologies Ltd, the leading UK producer of high-performance materials for thermal protection applications, with a 150 year pedigree in technical textile manufacturing.
FIREFLY™ APOLLO Lite™ Creating Half Hour Fire Barriers in New Research Building
A specialist contractor undertaking all of the fireproofing within a new medical research building in Surrey has been making use of two well proven, flexible fire barrier products from the TBA’s FIREFLY™ range, to provide 30 minutes protection within the majority of the ceiling voids throughout the four-storey structure.
Dartford based CLM Fireproofing was founded 30 years ago by Clive Miles and has established a reputation as a leader in the fields of both passive fire protection and fire-stopping, working in a variety of sectors on projects right across the UK. A regular user of the FIREFLY™ range, in this instance CLM is employing APOLLO Lite™ and the Collaroll product in tandem to protect the ceiling voids. The spaces which typically house pipework, power cables and air conditioning units above the suspended ceiling grid, are provided with 30 minutes integrity and insulation through the installation of the flexible APOLLO Lite™ barrier.
The Site Agent for CLM Fireproofing, Virginjus Pasvenkas, commented: “We are carrying out all of the fire-proofing work within this new facility on behalf of the main contractor, ISG, employing a wide variety of fully certified products. In the case of the APOLLO Lite™, it is one of the systems specified by the fire engineer for the project as part of the fire strategy and FIREFLY™ provided us with detail drawings in order to suit this application – forming a cavity barrier in the void above the ceiling. A number of our operatives have also received training in the past from the manufacturer; though the system is quite straightforward to install. We are also using the Collaroll for protection around where pipes, cable trays and trunking penetrate the barriers. Work is progressing well, and we expect to complete on schedule this December.”
The APOLLO Lite™ 30/30 has been developed for use in vertical separation or compartmentation situations, offering both 30 minutes integrity and insulation, thereby exceeding the minimum requirements of the Building Regulations. It is widely specified to form fire barriers within roof voids in many different property types, including healthcare, commercial and social housing.
The flexible woven material is easy to cut and fix and is chemically treated to improve its cooling properties, and therefore prevent temperatures rising in adjoining areas. The system has been fully tested to BS 476 Parts 6.7, 20 & 22 and is third party certified by IFCC. The six metre long rolls of APOLLO Lite™ 30:30 have a minimum thickness of 6mm and are installed using stainless steel staples as well as high temperature adhesive. Collaroll comes in a roll which unwraps to 10m long x 300mm wide with a sewn in skirt. The skirt can be moulded to shape to seal it neatly to the upright barrier which is usually at 90 degrees to the Collaroll and fixed into place using the high temperature adhesive.
Office Refurb Specialist Upgrading Fire Performance Using TBA FIREFLY™ Range
Office Refurb Specialist Upgrading Fire Performance Using TBA FIREFLY™ Range
A high specification office building close to Manchester Airport has been subject to a series of planned refurbishment contracts carried out by a sister company to the property developer which owns it, with the phased work including the upgrade of each floor or unit’s fire performance using smoke and flame barriers from the range of TBA FIREFLY™.
Owned by Orbit Developments – part of the Emerson Group - Park Square is a modern commercial office building offering up to 65,000 sq ft of space over five floors, together with café and other amenities in an attractive setting. As leases of various occupants expire, the Group’s fit-out contractor, Kirkham, strips out and refurbishes the vacated spaces, including installing PHOENIX barriers above the suspended ceiling grids before fitting new panels and improved lighting.
The Contracts Manager for Kirkham’s Contractors Ltd., Chris Atkinson, explained: “As the principal contractor for the Emerson Group, we carry out all of the refits when one of the rotating leases comes to an end and we have been utilising the FIREFLY™ range for some time now, including on other properties such as Sovereign House in Cheadle. We have also attended an installer training course, along with some of our sub-contractors, at TBA’s premise in Rochdale. That has proved very useful, both in terms of better understanding the performance requirements of the systems and also making us aware of other products in the range.
In the work carried out to date we have been securing the Phoenix barriers to metal frames – as well as folding and stapling the material to create the required laps, as the specification directs - in order to form a series of half hour fire breaks up through the building with all of our work then being checked by Building Control. Time pressures are always a factor in our work so the speed and simplicity of fitting the FIREFLY™ is an important factor.”
FIREFLY™ PHOENIX is a lightweight smoke and flame barrier developed to enable compartmentation within buildings to provide up to 120 minutes integrity under BS476 Parts 20 & 22. Certified by IFCC the flexible and straightforward to install material is suitable for both new-build and retrofit situations. Manufactured from woven and non-woven glass, the FIREFLY™ range is designed to optimise resistance to flame and smoke as well as offer heat protection in a wide range of scenarios. The barriers are easy to install horizontally or vertically using a full selection of ancillary products.
Chris Atkinson concluded: “We are now planning to use the FIREFLY™ ZEUS Lite 90:30 fire barrier in another part of Park Square when it comes free, in order to futureproof the work against potential higher specifications which might be introduced.”