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BS EN 13823:2020 is a further test used to determine the fire safety of construction products and building elements. This “Single Burning Item” test is the foundation of the Euroclass building product classification system which was introduced to harmonise standards across the EU.
A Single Burning Item test (SBI) is a method of testing that is used to determine the reaction to fire behaviour when a building product it is subject to thermal attack by a single heat source. The product being tested is mounted on a trolley and positioned in a frame beneath an exhaust system. As the item is exposed to flame, the exhaust system collects combustion gases for analysis and the amount of smoke produced is measured. The flame propagation and occurrence of burning particles and droplets are also identified in the specimen’s burning behaviour.
Zenova commissioned Warrington Fire to test its Zenova FP fire protection paint to the BS EN 13823:2020 test standard. This test forms part of the testing programme to achieve BS EN 13501-1: 2018 classification.
A 9mm thick sheet of standard, untreated, plywood was painted with a 0.75mm coat of Zenova FP fire protection paint and was subjected to the SBI test.
The application of Zenova FP fire protection paint made the plywood fire resistant with a very low smoke growth rate. There was no lateral flame spread to the end of the specimen, no falling of flaming droplets, and no flaming of falling particles exceeding 10 seconds. The test concluded that Zenova FP fire protection paint tested to the BS EN 13823:2020 standard can be used in construction, on a variety of substrates, to improve fire safety.
Also known as thermofoaming paint or Intumescent Paint, ZENOVA FP Fire Protection Paint is a fire-resistant water-based paint that prevents the ignition and spread of fire.
As a result of being exposed to heat, the intumescent paint swells and creates a light char foam, increasing in volume and decreasing in density. The heat transfer from the flames to the substrate is thereby greatly diminished. Treated materials become isolated from elements that maintain fire combustion since the paint turns into an insulating protective membrane.
A side by side demonstration on how Zenova FP protects even polystyrene a highly combustable material as demonstrated in this short video
Two kitchens were set on fire. The walls and ceiling of one kitchen were painted with Zenova FP fire protection paint. The benefits are clear.
A like for like test with a large global brand of fire retardent paint clearly shows a significant differance in performance.
Zenova FP Fire Protection Paint test, showing treated versus untreated timber
See how our Intumescent Paint swells and creates protects the covered surface
This side-by-side demonstration clearly shows the effectiveness of our Zenova FP Fire Protection Paint when applied on any substrate.
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