Firstly, the term cavity barrier is mentioned 85 times and the term cavity closer is not mentioned once within Part B Building Regulation 2019 – and there is good reason for this.
So, what is a cavity? “A space enclosed by elements of a building (including a suspended ceiling) or contained within an element, but that is not a room, cupboard, circulation space, protected shaft, or space within a flue, chute, duct, pipe or conduit.” (Part B, 2019)
Secondly, what then is a cavity barrier? A cavity barrier is a construction within a cavity, other than a smoke curtain, to perform either of the following functions.
Close a cavity to stop smoke or flame entering.
Restrict the movement of smoke or flame within a cavity
Cavity closer are also only used around reveals, such as window and door reveals. Whereas a cavity barrier can be used any where within a cavity, as required and see out in Part B Building Regulation 2019.
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