REAL LIFE FIRE TESTING vs. ACCREDITED FIRE TESTING
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Magnesiacore Inc. prides itself on understanding customers' needs when it comes to building materials that provides good quality and proper functions. The building industry in general relies mostly on certified testing agencies that perform theoretical analysis by separate testing to try to mimic real life situations to indicate a materials potential performance. Magnesiacore does that too, but in addition, we provide you with the clear and plain language results available only from real world, real life examples.
REAL LIFE FIRE TESTING
A real life material performance comparison was performed in a North America Municipality in the fall of 2010. The following is a documentation in pictures with captions highlighting the event:
Some 250 Public Officials in Fire Fighting, Emergency Response, Policing, Forensics, and other relevant fields were in attendance. The location was an actual motel room, constructed in a typical manner and fully furnished with normal materials, furniture, and fixtures. The purpose was to create a real life situation rather than relying solely on engineered theoretical testing.
On the ceiling, several different conventional building materials were applied, including cement board, drywall, and paneling, along with the alternative, magnesiacore.
An officer threw a real typical incendiary device (a Molotov Cocktail) into the building from the window, initiating a real fire inside the room. The fire was allowed to burn freely and naturally for the normal amount of time that allows alarms and firefighters to respond.
After allowing the average burn time before crews normally arrive on scene, with temperatures inside the room reaching over 1800C, the firefighters used conventional means for extinguishing the blaze. The picture shows fire hoses spraying the room with water in typical fashion.
After the fire, everything inside was incinerated and no building board materials on the ceiling survived except magnesiacore. Remarkably, the magnesiacore.com logo was still clearly visible after the fire, and even after the interior of the room was sprayed by high-pressure hoses from firefighters.
All of the accredited testing listed below, often passed by many other materials, cannot compare to the real life results documented above, showing the difference between magnesiacore and conventional construction materials.
ACCREDITED FIRE TESTING
Fire Rating Classifications per International Standards & Tests
(class A1 is the highest rating for building materials)
European Standards UNI EN ISO 1182 (non-combustible) - Euroclass A1
European Standards UNI EN ISO 1716 (heat resistance) - Euroclass A1
European Standards UNI EN ISO 13501-1 (smoke and flame) - Euroclass A1
European Standards UNI EN ISO (flooring material) - Euroclass A1FL
United States & Canada US ASTM E136 - non-combustible
British Standard 476: Part 4 : 1970 - non-combustible
United States and Canada Surface Burning Characteristics
CAN/ULC-S102 and US ASTM E 84
(Flame Spread Classification "FSC" = 0 / Smoke Developed "SD" = 0)
Flame Spread and Smoke Development Rating is Class 1 or Class A
British Standard 476: Part 7 : 1997, Class 1 for Surface Spread of Flame
ONE HOUR FIRE RATED ASSEMBLY TEST:
Passed tests for one hour fire rated wall assembly
using 12mm (1/2") Magnesiacore thickness
(After one hour only the joint compound is breaking down)
NOTE: Separate certification of each fire rated assembly is required in most jurisdictions to comply with local building codes. Fire Rated certification is not currently available for most assemblies and countries. Based on past tests conducted fire rated certification is achievable to higher levels than common fire code / rated materials. Please contact us for more information.