Created to introduce a Code of Practice for applying fire retardant coatings to wood products, the new WoodSolutions design guide is available for free download from WoodSolutions.com.au.
As wood products become increasingly specified in a wide range of construction projects, understanding the fire properties required by the National Construction Code (NCC) and how wood products can comply is essential. Currently, the NCC does not permit the use of fire retardant coatings to achieve the required fire hazard properties under the Deemed-to-Satisfy (DTS) provisions.
WoodSolutions Design Guide 45 has been written to provide a Code of Practice to enable the use of fire retardant coatings applied to wood products, via the Performance Solution pathway, as a means of achieving the fire hazard properties required by the NCC. This Code of Practice is intended to supplement the NCC by addressing issues relating to the supply, testing, installation and maintenance of fire retardant coatings. Typical fire retardant coatings include: paints and varnishes, intumescent coatings, encapsulation coating systems and surface treatments with liquids.
“Fire retardant coatings have been used extensively in many other jurisdictions throughout the world (USA, Canada, United Kingdom, New Zealand) for several decades and this Guide draws on this international experience. Hopefully, in the near future, the benefits of using these coating systems as a means of protecting building material surfaces will be a DTS Solution in the NCC” said Boris Iskra, National Codes and Standards manager for Forest and Wood Products Australia. Fire retardant coatings form part of a system comprising; the wood product substrate, the fire retardant coatings, and any primers, undercoats and top coats that may be used in conjunction with the fire retardant.
“This publication is an invaluable resource for professionals specifying and building with wood and wood products,” said Eileen Newbury, National Marketing and Communications manager for Forest and Wood Products Australia, the industry services company that resources WoodSolutions. “When correctly specified and applied, fire retardant treatments can be used to improve the performance of wood products so that they can achieve Group 1 and Group 2 classifications.” Applying fire retardant treatments to wall and ceiling linings offers interior architects and designers a wider range of choices, especially when specifying wall and ceiling linings in multi-residential, commercial and educational projects.
The new guide and the rest of the 44 titles in the WoodSolutions Design Guide library are available for free download from the WoodSolutions website – woodsolutions.com.au.
WoodSolutions is a website dedicated to professionals, companies and individuals involved in design, building design and construction with timber and wood products. We collate and distribute non-proprietary information, produce technical publications and design guides and educate through professional seminars, expert advice and online learning tools.
Together with industry bodies, technical associations and suppliers we work to inform on all aspects, benefits and requirements of building and designing with timber and wood products. We aim to create a nationwide support network that will create the next generation of architects, designers, engineers, wood workers and consumers.
WoodSolutions is resourced by Forest & Wood Products Australia Ltd (FWPA), a not for profit company that provides national research and development and promotional services to the Australian forest and wood products industry.