Checkmate Fire have recently installed the innovative Alufire System at the world-renowned BRE Innovation Park. BRE Innovation Park Watford is home to some of the world’s most sustainable buildings, landscape designs and hundreds of innovative low carbon materials and technologies. Launched in 2005 Innovation Park is known as a test-bed for future ideas and products for building projects, continuing to attract thousands of visitors each year – 60,000 at the last count – including royalty, prime ministers and TV crews.
The Alufire system is made up of fire-rated glass sheets secured in aluminium frames which have a glass fibre reinforced seperator. It provides the thermal insultion, and the required smoke and fire resistance, that protects against the high temperatures of a fire.
One of the most useful, and innovative, features of the product is its high impact resistance meaning it can be used in areas where there is an incresed risk of accidents or falling, ideal for schools, hospitals and other busy buildings.
The other key benefits are reduced maintenance costs over the lifetime of the product, when compared to traditional systems such as fire doors, and installation is a complete solution, which has been certified as working together, rather than an assembly of individually tested components.
Checkmate Fire is the sole distributor and installer for Alufire in the UK and Ireland and its managing director Mark Williams said:
"Alufire is a product that can revolutionise passive fire protection in buildings where the look and design are vital, such as hospitals where being able to see out of an office towards patients is so important.
"It is made up of an innovative system of state-of-the-art glass, frames and separators which give it a high degree of fire resistance and a high impact resistance. This means that it can be used in some of the most demanding buildings and allows projects to be constructed with maximum flexibility of design but no compromise on fire protection.
Showcasing the system at the BRE Innovation Park is another illustration of how important and innovative we think this product is and we hope the thousands of people who visit every year get a clear understanding of its value and impact.
Dr David Kelly, Director of the BRE Innovation Park, said:
"We are pleased to welcome Checkmate Alufire's innovative glazing system on to the BRE Innovation Park. Since its inception in 2005 the Park's remit has been to apply innovation to the buildings and homes we develop so they are better for the environment, better for business and ultimately better for people. Securing the support of our industry partners is critical in order for BRE to continue to demonstrate innovation across the built environment."