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Passive fire protection system – the best solution to safeguard your lives

Stay Safe: Passive Fire Protection Systems Explained Learn how passive fire protection systems work to safeguard lives in buildings.

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Fire protection is necessary for all forms of construction. A proper fire design consideration help to delay energy transmission and offers the audience time before failure. Passive fire protection is one of the best solutions to reduce the spread of fire, which is the leading cause of harm to people and property.

What is passive fire protection, and why is it an ideal option for any construction?

There are various types of fire protection, and each will have different functions that benefit for protecting either community or quality of projects. Among various solutions, passive fire protection is still considered the ideal way for all levels of construction.hinh PFP

The definition of passive fire protection and how it is used in building construction

Passive fire protection, known as PFP, is an essential part of any fire plan. It is included within the structure of a building to protect people’s lives and reduce the financial impact of damage to structures and possessions.The primary goals of utilizing PFP are to minimize the spread of fire and smoke by isolating them in a single compartment and protecting escape pathways for critical escape methods. Furthermore, this strategy contributes to the protection of the building structure, assuring its long-term viability.2When there is no PFP, fires or explosions can quickly escalate, leading to a loss of life or severe injury, significant damage to assets, production interruptions, or even total breakdowns. All structures require protection to ensure that they do not collapse unexpectedly and that there is enough time for people to evacuate and crews to put out the fire. There are a few industry requirements for various structures and assets, each of which has a distinct set of problems that PFP coatings can fix.

Learn more about the types of passive fire protection offered by VIVABlast: Passive Fire Protection Solutions.

How does the passive fire protection system work within construction?

Passive fire protection systems are integrated into the structure to offer stability and into the walls and floors to divide the building into manageable danger regions called compartments. The protection is given by the materials aimed to create the structure or added to the building to improve fire resistance.These methods are referred to as “passive” since they do not require any human action or external energy input when a fire occurs. They intend to enable the evacuation of individuals and the intervention of emergency services while confining the fire in a compartmentalized space for as long as needed.Two common types of fire prevention solutions following can meet all of the requirements:

  • Solutions for structural protection, such as intumescent paints
  • Firewall solutions for subdivisions, such as foams, sealants, and other fire-resistance materials.

Each of them will bring specific results, but both have the same purposes in combining: protecting people and construction.

Forms of passive fire protection that VIVABLAST provides for all construction projects

With more than 27 years of experience, VIVABLAST provides consulting and construction services for passive fire protection that meets both domestic and international standards:

  • TCVN 9311-1:2012 (ISO 834-1): Fire-resistance test – building components
  • US Standard: ASTM E119 – Standard Test Methods for Fire Test of Building Construction and Materials
  • British Standard BS 476 Part 20, Part 22; UL 1709. standard

VIVABLAST is confident that we can develop good fireproof goods to match project requirements on time with the most outstanding quality machines, equipment, and a team of highly qualified specialists.3Passive fire protection systems will be built based on industry, structure, building materials, fire scenario, and durability. Usually, a method is defined according to the form of fire as follows:

  • Cellulosic fires: this system is used to prevent fires for products made from cellulose materials such as wood, paper, or ordinary furniture. Cellulosic fibers have a relatively slow heat-up rate with a heat flux of typically 100 kW/m2 and are especially non-corrosive to building materials.
  • Hydrocarbon fires: This form of fire prevention is designed to prevent the spread of fires when burning hydrocarbon fuels. The heat flux from these fires usually ranges from 150 to 250 kW/m2, similar to Cellulosic fires; hydrocarbon fires also affect building materials.
  • Jet fires: Jet fires, also known as jet fires, are one of the most commonly practiced methods today. Buildings applying this method will be protected when a fire occurs by the impact of sparks from the discharge of combustible materials under pressure. The heat flux depends on the type of fuel, fuel mixture and the extent of the flame spread, ranging from about 250 to 300 kW/m2 and possibly even up to 350 kW/m2.

In general, passive fire protection would be an ideal solution to learn to apply for construction. And if you are looking for a professional team with a wide range of experience, do not hesitate to contact VIVABLAST. We are willing to support and help conduct the best fire protection systems.


About Us

VIVABLAST was founded in 1994, as a 100% foreign-owned company with an ambition to become the most preferred and trustful service provider for industrial assets protection in Southeast Asia.

Over the past two decades, Southeast Asia experienced rapid economic growth with significant investments in industrial facilities, equipment, and infrastructures of Oil and Gas, Renewable Energy, Marine, Power Generation & Manufacturing sectors.

Hence, VIVABLAST has succeeded as a reliable subcontractor for many International & Domestic companies by delivering our professional services to such prestigious companies as PIRIOU, JGCS, Technip, KNOC, Metacor, PTSC groups, Vietsovpetro, etc. with great passion.

Our innovative system of mobile blasting & painting workshops can be mobilized anywhere in Southeast Asia for all major projects and infrastructure sites, which has performed very well during Vietnam’s first refinery project – Dung Quat followed by Vung Ang 1.2 Power Plant project and the biggest Oil & Gas complex in Vietnam – Nghi Son Refinery.

In 2014, VIVABLAST landed in the soils of Thailand, Myanmar, and Malaysia to capture the growing demands of customers at any time and anywhere.

Over 28 years of steady deliberate growth, we feel confident and proud of our team and their capacities to play a vital role in the multi-disciplinary industrial services provider.

Why Choose Us?

Expertise of industrial assets preserving since 1994


VIVABLAST is a company that offers surface preparation and industrial painting solutions for various industries such as oil and gas, marine, construction, and mining. Some of the solutions they offer include abrasive blasting, hydro blasting, tank cleaning, industrial coating, and passive fire protection.

Board of Management

Mr Jacques Vivarès – Chairman
Mr Boris Vivarès – VIVABLAST Group General Director – Commercial & Business Development
Mr Shanthamani Muthukumar – VIVABLAST Vietnam General Manager

VIVABLAST is a global provider of industrial asset protection solutions in Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, and surrounding countries. VIVABLAST is a 100% foreign-owned Company accredited ISO 9001:2015 & ISO 45001:2018 by Bureau Veritas with offices and setup over South-East Asia. Since 1994, we have been servicing industry leaders in major projects from construction phase to maintenance programs. Our vertical expertise includes all industry sectors, particularly: oil & gas, power & utilities, shipbuilding, mining and manufacturing. We design and deliver professional services to preserve our Clients’ assets sustainably, through efficient and reliable specialty services and integrated solutions.

VIVABLAST is committed to sustainability and social responsibility. The company aims to reduce its environmental impact through various initiatives, such as implementing environmentally friendly technologies and reducing waste. Additionally, VIVABLAST has programs in place to support its employees, their families, and the communities in which they operate. The company also supports various charitable organizations and encourages its employees to participate in community service activities.