Urbanisation brings new challenges to the building sector
In areas of urban development, increasingly people are working and living in high-rise buildings. These structures are an effective solution to the challenge of safely housing a growing population.
However, the consequences of a fire in a high-rise building can be very serious. People should expect that their homes, workplaces, schools, and hospitals are safe, but building fires do happen. When they do, the safety of building occupants and first-responders depends overwhelmingly on how the building performs during the fire
We have also seen that building fires today develop five to ten times faster than 50 years ago, due primarily to our increased use of plastics and other synthetic materials.
ROCKWOOL stone wool insulation solutions are a key component in fire-resilient building design. In addition to being inherently non-combustible, the insulation can resist temperatures up to 1,000ºC (1,800ºF) and works effectively to help contain the fire and prevent its spread.
At the same time, stone wool does not contribute to the emission of significant quantities of toxic smoke. From apartment blocks to skyscrapers, industrial facilities and busy schools, the natural qualities of stone are helping us build sustainable and safe cities, full of fire-resilient buildings.