British Gypsum leads the way with EN fire test data

British Gypsum has become the first company to publish comprehensive fire test data for drywall systems to both BS and EN standards.

The data, which was collected during a 3-year EN testing programme at the company’s Building Test Centre fire laboratories at East Leake, was published during July in the latest edition of the company’s White Book. Presented in the form of dual BS and EN performance tables, the data covers all of the company’s market leading wall, floor, ceiling and encasement systems.

The new EN test standards, which are generally more rigorous than existing BS standards, are not expected to become compulsory in the UK for some years. They are, however, increasingly being adopted as best practice for larger projects and by architects looking to ‘future-proof’ their specifications.

Jonathan Cherry, Senior Market Manager for British Gypsum, believes that all manufacturers should now be testing and quoting system performance to the new EN standards. “Specifying to EN standards ensures a more robust specification and represents best practice in terms of fire safety”, he said.” Bearing in mind that buildings planned today will still be in use in another 30 years or more, many specifiers now feel they have a duty to adopt the very latest standards in order to build in an extra level of protection for the future.”

As well as containing the most comprehensive testing data ever published by the company, the new White Book has been extensively restructured, with expanded system design guidance covering all aspects, from fire safety to legislation and standards, good practice design and sustainability, to health and safety.

The on-line version, which is updated on a daily basis as changes occur, is available on-line at www.british-gypsum.com/whitebook.

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