Understanding Fire Protection Terms – Service Environment

Date Published

21 September 2022

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It is vital that any flame retardant treatment incorporated into a building provides long-term, predictable performance backed by independent verification. Before specifying enhancement using a flame retardant, two specification fundamentals must be established: What reaction to fire performance is required? and What is the service environment?.

Case studies

St. Clare’s is a private sixth-form college which provides courses in the International Baccalaureate. It was founded in 1953 and has 375 students, most of whom are boarders. The college is housed in a number of discreet “villas” along the Banbury Road, Oxford, one of which, a fine detached Grade II listed Arts and Crafts villa, was built in 1903 to the design of the architect Henry Thomas Hare, a former RIBA president.

The new Art and Design Building by architect Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios is designed to be the creative hub of the school and a physical embodiment of its values and ethos.