This Guidance is intended to offer architects, designers, constructors, building occupiers and others, effective
and feasible recommendations and selection criteria for the use of Passive Fire Protection (PFP) systems in
buildings. It is the outcome of a three year ‘Partners in Innovation’ project, which was partly funded by the
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) (formerly DTLR).
The main objective of the project was to determine if problems existed in the specification and installation of
PFP systems in buildings and to analyse the reasons behind any problems, with the intention of producing
effective and feasible guidance on the use of PFP. The guidance is also intended to have the additional
benefit of providing Building Control Bodies and Fire Safety Officers with summarised, accessible, and
meaningful information that will enable them to more accurately assess the appropriateness of the passive
fire protection systems intended for the building.
The work follows the report of the Construction Task Force, chaired by Sir John Egan in 1998, and fits into
the ‘Rethinking Construction’ initiative and its three simple principles, Client leadership, integrated teams
throughout the delivery chain and respect for people. The objectives of this initiative are to achieve radical
improvements in the design, quality, sustainability, and customer satisfaction of UK construction by assisting
best practice and so providing improved life safety and best value.