The general manager of MVL Firestop, Karim Elshafie, talks about the updates to the UAE Fire and Life Safety Code and their impact on the fire-stopping sector, as well as the possible challenges to the code's full adoption

The updated UAE Fire and Life Safety code reportedly leaves no corner unprotected when it comes to the use of fire-stopping technologies.

Karim Elshafie, general manager of MVL Firestop, told Construction Week that while the code has yet to be officially released, he has already seen the latest version.

“The effort that went into the code was quite impressive,” he said. “I can only speak about the firestop [section], but [civil defence authorities] didn’t leave a corner [unprotected].

“They [mixed and matched fire-stopping standards] from around the world, focussing on ASTM, NFPA, FM, and UL standards.”

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Saying that Civil Defence inspectors in the UAE are already “doing a good job” of implementing the code, Elshafie explained that completion certificates have to be submitted whenever a project is handed over.

These certificates, he added, must come from all the projects suppliers of fire-related products, whether fire-rated doors, cladding, or fire-fighting systems.

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“As a supplier, we [submit] a certificate to the [inspectors, confirming] that we supplied the approved products from Civil Defence,” he said.

In the following video, Elshafie talks about the challenges that he foresees in the full adoption of the updated code.


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