Selecting a fire protection system for steel structures is a complex issue that is best decided in the planning phase, thus preventing problems that may prove unsolvable in the later phases of construction.
Without doubt, the general purpose of the building is one of the most important factors. For a shopping center or a representative building, fire stopping paint will definitely be a better decision, fire stopping boards are more suitable if the concern is high resistance and aesthetics, whereas fire stopping sprays are a reasonable choice for rough, not very visible structures.
Basic information required is fire resistance class (R30, R60, R90, etc.), which presupposes the use of protection tested in accordance with EN standards and standard fire curve, European technical guidelines ETAG 018 and is evaluated according to the group of standards EN 13381.