Europanel Achieves BS8414 Fire Test Pass

Unlike our immediate competition, our entire Europanel product range from 125mm to 200mm thick is tested and approved to BS 8414 - Part 1. Compliance with the latest regulations and standards is important to any company but when the issues addressed are as serious as fire resistance, the ability to offer the very best in performance for any situation is critical.

Many sectors have very specific regulations for fire performance, from hospitals and schools to office blocks, the dangers of a fire spreading in buildings with large numbers of people which could include young children or elderly/infirm occupants cannot be underestimated and as such is an area that demands the highest levels of consideration. Solutions to these issues are not usually 'off the shelf' but the Europanel range offers an ideal start to developing a thorough fire engineered approach.

Fires within buildings have the potential to spread externally by breaking out through windows, travelling over or through the cladding system and then breaking back into the building at another level, so by-passing the internal compartmentation for the structure and thus potentially placing residents and building users at risk. Flames can extend over 2m above the window opening from which they break out. This can lead to a potential of secondary fires developing if the fire performance characteristics of the external cladding system are not fully assessed.



BR135 or BS8414 Part 1 "describes the method of assessing the behavior of non-load bearing external cladding systems, rainscreen over cladding systems and external wall insulation systems when applied to the face of a building and exposed to an external fire under controlled conditions. The fire exposure is representative of an external fire source or fully developed (post-flashover) fire in a room, venting through an opening such as a window aperture that exposes the cladding to the effects of external flames".

Most other fire tests assess composite panel performance from the inside out. However, many fires start externally, some through the act of arson. This test provides the reassurance that our Europanel system is able to resist the effects of such a fire attack and protect both buildings and occupants.

Europanel has been developed as a 'total external wall solution' and has fire resistance performance of up to 2 Hours* as well as this it has excellent thermal and acoustic performance and with its architectural prowess and ease of assembly it has consistently been specified for a diverse range of buildings.

*2 Hour fire performance is based on 150mm Europanel F5 with a maximum unsupported length of 5.5 m


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