Originally called Factory Mutual Laboratories, FM Approvals was founded in the United States in 1886. It was one of the first companies globally that was dedicated to the testing of fire protection services.
Since 2015, FM Approvals have expanded beyond the United States and have spread across the globe as far as Europe, India and South America.
Kingspan’s Kooltherm K10 Soffit Board FM is accredited with Class 4880 for the intended application in ceilings. Kooltherm K10 is a super high performance, fibre-free rigid thermoset, closed cell phenolic insulation designed specifically for concrete soffit applications.
To achieve the FM accreditation, Kingspan’s Kooltherm K10 product was put through vigorous testing, installed in the ceiling of a full scale burn test (UBC 26-3), and set alight.
During the test, temperatures, smoke levels and flame spread are all monitored. A burning wood crib is set alight in the corner of the room and left to burn for 15 minutes. During this time, in order to pass the test, the spread of the flame must not exceed the area of the installed K10 test panel.
Holding the FM Approval accreditation gives assurance to any insurers that the product does not present any further fire risk to the building. This peace of mind aids building owners in securing building insurance and keeps insurance premiums low.
Recognised and respected across the globe, FM Approvals’ third-party certification assures a product that has been objectively tested and conforms to the highest national and international fire standards.
“It is becoming more common for many large commercial property developers and building owners, whether insured by FM Global or not, to demand FM-approved products due to the stringent and comprehensive testing standards they adopt”, commented Technical R&D and Accreditation Manager, Keith Anderson.
“Many large commercial property developers and building owners are demanding FM approved building products. Having the FM approval for our Kooltherm K10 product gives our customers and their insurers the Kingspan peace of mind they are looking for,” concludes Anderson.