Understanding a Fire Test Classification

Date Published

21 September 2022

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Wood and wood-based panels can perform well in fire if they have been enhanced using a factory controlled process to either impregnate them with flame retardant (FR) or apply an FR coating to the surface. Panel products can also be manufactured containing a flame retardant. In all cases, the products must have been tested and proved to provide the level of protection claimed.

Case studies

Stanbrook Abbey was described in the RIBA National Awards citation as ‘a truly extraordinary piece of architecture’.

Hardman Square Pavilion stands at the heart of Spinningfields, Manchester’s busy commercial district, yet this new building is utterly unlike the surrounding metallic and glass towers;
the structure is timber, an exposed glulam frame which is clad with timber weatherboards overlaid with planting.