Fermacell Fire and Environmental Information
Fire Performace Criteria
All materials used in construction in England and Wales must meet “reaction to fire” and “fire resistance” performance criteria.
The “reaction to fire” regulations deal with the potential contribution to a fire that basic materials may make and carry the award of a Class 0 Materials of Limited Combustibility classification covering ignitability, fire propagation and surface spread of flame.
Fermacell Gypsum Fibreboards carry this Class 0 classification together with Euroclass A2, the second highest performance level under new EU rules of appropriately tested gypsum wallboards. Fermacell also carries a class 1 surface spread of flame certification, the highest achievable.
The “fire resistance” performance criteria deal with the duration that a complete construction can delay the collapse of a building that is burning, or even how long it can prevent a fire from spreading from one room or one property to another. The effectiveness of the construction is measured in the number of minutes achieved in a variety of British Standard tests.
These tests have become more stringent with the introduction of new EU fire resistance tests Ð the BS EN 1363 series - which will use plate thermocouples to give a slower reaction to rises in temperature leading to a requirement for additional heat to follow what is nominally the same time/temperature curve as specified in BS 476. Fermacell have solutions for loadbearing and non-loadbearing constructions, as well as K ratings and assessments for non-standard details.
Fermacell, the high performance Dry Lining board with Class 0 fire rating, excellent acoustic qualities and superb resistance to impact and moisture, brings the highest levels of environmental care and sustainability to the construction industry.
Fermacell’s unique manufacturing technique produces board of quality, flexibility and strength completely from recycled materials, making it a totally sustainable product that is ideal for walls, ceilings or floors. environmental.
At a state-of-the-art production facility in Holland, gypsum, a waste product from a nearby power station, and cellulose fibres from recycled paper and magazines collected throughout the Netherlands are mixed with recycled water in an 80%-20% ratio to produce homogenous sheet materials that are cured and cut to size.
All by products are fed back into the production cycle and Fermacell have even instigated a scheme for the collection and recycling of off cuts and waste created on construction sites, giving customers the opportunity to enhance their environmental reputations by demonstrating social responsibility through reduced demand for land fill.
Since its introduction to the U.K. in 1971, Fermacell, one of the brands of world-wide building materials group Xella International, has developed a fine reputation for effective solutions that meet today’s challenging building and sustainability requirements.
The product, and its manufacturing process, have been awarded the coveted Rosenheim Institute of Construction Biology and Ecology Certificate and the Low Emissions Product Eco Certificate. In addition Fermacell itself has been defined as a “healthy living building material” for allergy-free environments.
For more information see http://www.fermacell.co.uk