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Kingspan is dedicated to providing high-performance, innovative insulated panel solutions that not only deliver superior construction efficiencies and lifetime performance, but that are underpinned by extensive system fire testing and proven fire performance.
Kingspan LPCB and FM Approved insulated panels are subjected to rigorous insurance industry large-scale fire tests and associated ongoing audits, and are proven to prevent fire spread in numerous independently-assessed real fire case studies.
In terms of reaction to fire, and in accordance with the Euroclasses, Kingspan QuadCore® insulated panel systems are classified B, s1, d0, which is the highest possible performance for a material classified as 'combustible':
In addition, Kingspan insulated panels can also offer high levels of fire resistance.
Fire is a complex phenomenon. How it develops depends on many different factors, only one of which is the fabric of a building.
For example, the fire performance of a façade system depends on the interaction of all the components (including fixings, fasteners and sealants) in that system in response to a fire and also on other design and construction factors such as the position of fire barriers, the size of ventilation gaps and so on.
The Building Regulations governing fire safety are designed to preserve life and this must always be the primary consideration in the design and construction of any building. To assist with this there are prescribed tests and standards that can be used to classify building products and guidance is provided to show which classifications are deemed to comply with the requirements of different building types.
The insurance industry recognises the importance of system testing for property protection in the event of a fire and as far back as the 1980s developed its own suite of large-scale system tests and standards to ensure that a more accurate assessment of risk could be made of specific building constructions. Over the years case studies by independent experts have shown that there is a very close correlation between the results of insurance industry large-scale testing and actual building performance in real fires.
Kingspan is dedicated to building solutions that not only deliver superior construction efficiencies and lifetime performance, but are underpinned by extensive system fire testing and proven fire performance in real fire case studies. Our roof, wall and façade systems are extensively tested for compliance with Building Regulations and insurance industry approval.
The following resources examine the different standards that are relevant to façades and roof and wall insulated panel systems, and demonstrates why large-scale testing, regardless of insulation type, should always provide the benchmark for fire safety performance.
The world of fire system testing and building regulations can seem complex but in fact is relatively straight forward.
Why is large-scale system testing of rainscreen systems so important for life protection?
Book a fire education workshop.
Understanding the AS5113 standard in Australia
See how insulated panel systems have lived up to their test results when exposed to real fires.
Discover more about the stringent insurance industry requirements that have led to the development of specific insurer-driven large-scale fire tests.
Learn about the requirements of the fire safety building regulations
Insurer-approved Kingspan FIREsafe™ insulated panel systems undergo rigorous testing for fire reaction and fire resistance. Download our latest brochure here.
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