Fire Rating for Woodspan Mass Timber Panels

Fire Rating for Woodspan Mass Timber Panels

Woodspan PLT System Achieves FRR 60/60/60 Fire Resistance Rating

Woodspan is pleased to announce that the mass timber manufacturer has completed fire testing of its Woodspan PLT floor system to test method AS 1530.4:2014.

In conjunction with consultancy by structural fire expert Dr Andy Buchanan (PTL Structural Consultants) testing was carried out in July and August at Passive Fire Inspection & Test Services Ltd (PFITS), an IANZ accredited laboratory in Auckland.

The inherent fire performance of timber is well known – on exposure to fire and heat it forms a char layer that insulates and protects the inner core of the timber, making it resist heat penetration and thus burn more slowly. In addition to the structural adequacy of the panel, testing also measured the integrity and insulation of the Woodspan PLT system.

Testing was in response to increasing demand for Woodspan in the multi-residential and commercial markets and customer’s preference for a fire rated mass timber floor system that ticks compliance boxes while also maintaining buildability onsite.

Woodspan CEO Tom Boon said ‘independent fire testing ensures that we can offer our customers a system that not only provides a structural and sustainable solution but also verified fire performance that fully complies with Australasia’s fire code, making specification straight forward and easy’

Woodspan have a number of fire rated PLT floor options available including 60 minute fire rated (FRR 60/60/60). To learn more contact Tim McDonald on 0272116490 or email tim@woodspan.co.nz.