When it comes to designing and building a multifamily structure, building owners and developers are faced with many choices, each with their own unique challenges. One key component and code-regulated decision is addressing fire protection in concealed spaces or the open area between each floor of the building, as required by the National Fire Protection Association. While indoor sprinklers are a common option for fulfilling active fire protection requirements, fiberglass insulation fulfills the same requirements as a passive fire protectant and is a solution growing in popularity due to its ability to deliver additional benefits.
Here are a few factors for building owners to consider when meeting project goals and scope. They should also consult with their architect and builder to determine the best fire protection strategy for concealed spaces.