Image: Mixing cementitious fireproofing for fire protection of the structural steel at the new Selkirk Hospital (2015-16).
Steel performs very poorly in a fire scenario and left untreated will deform and lose its structural integrity. Cementitious fireproofing is a form of plaster which will extend the time before steel will fail and allow structural failure. Different structures require different fire ratings depending on the occupancy.
For example in a hospital or personal-care home, the occupants are not very ambulatory and may require more time to safely evacuate a building in event of a fire. A two-hour rating would typically be required where as in an office or apartment building, a one-hour rating may be enough to allow safe evacuation.
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