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"As a fire consultant I think. The product I prescribe must be CE marked, but since the CE marking does not constitute national approval, the woodwork must also have a type-approval certificate."

As an expert fire consultant, you have the confidence of the builder to best determine the appropriate fire class and recommend brands with the correct properties based on certification documentation. Unfortunately, it is becoming increasingly common for products to be accepted based on fire, and/or classification reports instead of complying with the legal requirements that require the product to be certified. The difference between two makes of the same performance in which one (A) is classified only through the classification report in relation to product (B) which is type-approved is that the product (B) is subject to continuous manufacturing control in which the performance and documentation are quality assured. This means, in practice, that if you prescribe and accept a product that is only branded and classified, this is misconduct and contributes to an unhealthy market and acceptance because the law does not need to be followed.

The basic requirement according to legal requirements (CPR) is CE marking of each piece of wood. Remember that a spruce panel with a CE label cannot be used if you intend to use e.g. pinewood. CE marking does not mean compliance with national building regulations, you may choose not to require a type approval certificate and then pass responsibility on to the developer to ensure that the product meets the requirements and technical characteristics in addition to the actual fire requirements. Woodsafe's advice is, that if you want to feel confident in your regulations and work professionally, then use products with type-approval certificates that determine that the product's technical characteristics comply with the requirements of the National Board of Housing, Building and Planning's BBR and the Planning and Building Act (SFS 2010: 900) PBL.

Five valuable tips:

  1. Use only CE marked fireproof wood. Check which notified body is behind the CE certificate, there are an unbelievable amount of counterfeit certificates. If you know who issued the certificate, this can also be checked on the website of the inspection body, for example RISE via link Check valid certificate
  2. Choose a manufacturer that is subject to a type-approval certificate, then you can be sure that the requirements of the Swedish National Board of Housing, Building and Planning's BBR and the Planning and Building Act (SFS 2010: 900) PBL are being met.
  3. Use Appendix E, Apendix C and the Q&A. Deficiencies were detected in the documentation.
  4. 4. Fire-resistant properties are a requirement in the exterior environment. If the product is not certified according to EN16755 EXT, the product deviates from the requirements of BBR and PBL (SFS 2010: 900).
  5. 5. Take an overview of the manufacturer, the documentation, which institution is employed, what does the manufacturer's website look like in relation to alternative manufacturers?

Questions and Answers

WARNING ABOUT WOODSAFE EXTERIOR WFX COPIES

- There is only one original, and this is Woodsafe Exterior WFX™ waterproof fire protection. All other options are copies that can in no way, regardless of what is claimed and promised, be compared to WFX. Arguments that impregnation gives equivalent properties, that surface treatment with oil e.g. Jupex 45 or linseed oil can provide equivalent properties are far from the truth. Let's explain the difference. Product (A) is composed of e.g. Di ammonium phosphate and water. What is then permanent? The composition is water soluble even after drying, and in addition is very hygroscopic. Product (WFX), on the other hand, is a complex formula that chemically bonds into a polymer in a combination of impregnation and a fixing process. The fire protection agent WFX is classified as waterproof and is insoluble in the external environment of WPA and AWPA. This is the difference!

The question you should ask yourself when choosing copies Who has certified promises and statements? Who will hold responsibility when other fire protection products, that cannot present equivalent performance, leach and require renovation?

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT SP-FIRE 105

- As an expert, check the properties of the fire protection and do not just accept SP-Fire 105 for the facade. There are several different fire protection products that meet the requirements, but only a few are suitable for use. Two products that have been given the same performance can be the opposite of each other, even though both are able to handle SP-Fire 105.

Let's explain a nasty scenario. You have two products (A and B). Both products have SP-Fire 105 approval, with product A having a statement from RISE for approved testing, while product B is type-approved.
If you need to think for a moment to work out what the difference is, then you should immediately read the explanation.……
The answer is: both products have passed SP-Fire 105, but product B is the only product that meets the legal requirements! You can you ask yourself why, but the answer is simple. SP-Fire 105 does not require fire-resistant properties, but it does require type-approval certificates according to guidelines set out in the Planning and Building Act (SFS 2010: 900) PBL.

Then ask the question if you really dare recommend product A, when its properties are not fire resistant in an exterior and humid environment. How long is left on the function, what happens next, how safe can the residents really feel? There are many questions.

SAME PERFORMANCE is not the whole truth

- The fire requirements B-s1, d0 are the ones cited by most different brands and systems, but you have to think further than that. Fire class B-s1, d0 is based on factors such as wood thickness, air gap or no air gap, surface treatment, backing substrate, paint coating or impregnation. Use the Q&A annex for easier control and overview of product performance and assembly conditions.

TYPE-APPROVAL GIVES YOU THE ANSWER YOU NEED

- The only way to professionally handle the provision of fireproof wood is to apply requirements for type approval certificates. The basic requirements for type-approval certificates are that the product is CE marked, and in case the wood panel is intended to be used as a facade cladding Br1 building or in an external environment, the additional requirement SP-Fire 105 and fire-resistant properties according to EN16755 EXT. End of discussion.

DON'T LET YOURSELF BE FOOLED

- Common sense can go a long way. Frivolous claims argue as through impregnation and thus existing properties last as long as the wood does. These are groundless promises that are not worth anything. Contact the Woodsafe support department for more information.

WHY SHOULD I PRESCRIBE WOODSAFE?

- You do not have to, the choice is yours. But why not consider this. Woodsafe works with the world's largest fire protection company, we have thousands of projects, we work with an ALL-IN-ONE concept, where the market's top players in the industry provide you with expert and professional support. Woodsafe has more than 28 years of experience of passive fire protection, its own production base in Sweden, RISE (SP) production control and has held a CE certificate since 2009, long before most of those working with wood fire protection. This fire retardant material has been used for more than 10 million cubic wood metres worldwide.

REGULATORY TEXT

REGULATORY TEXT B-S1, D0 SOLID WOOD

- Wood paneling must fire treated according to B-s1,d0 by the brand Woodsafe or equivalent. Prior to procurement, the supplier must present the performance declaration and CE certificate with reference to CPR 305/2011, EN14915:2013 and performance B-s1, d0 for the current woodwork. In performance declaration, approval must be given with or without air gap. The supplier shall, prior to the procurement, show the type-approval certificate where it is established that the fire protection product has durable fire properties according to SS-EN16755 DRF EXT. Equivalent product refers to another product of equivalent performance according to Appendix E. The presentation of individual fire test reports or documents with title certificate, without the above details, are not classed as authorised documents in the project's procurement of fire-retardant impregnated wood.

REGULATORY TEXT B-S1, D0 PLYWOOD

- Wood paneling must fire treated according to B-s1,d0 by the brand Woodsafe or equivalent. Prior to procurement, the supplier must present the performance declaration and CE certificate with reference to CPR 305/2011, EN13986:2004+A1:2015 and performance B-s1, d0 for the current woodwork. In performance declaration, approval must be given with or without air gap. The supplier shall, prior to the procurement, show the type-approval certificate where it is established that the fire protection product has durable fire properties according to SS-EN16755 DRF1, DRF 2. Equivalent product refers to another product of equivalent performance according to Appendix E. The presentation of individual fire test reports or documents with title certificate, without the above details, are not classed as authorised documents in the project's procurement of fire-retardant impregnated wood.

REGULATORY TEXT K210/B-S1, D0

- Wood and plywood panels must be fire treated in accordance with K210/B-s1,d0 by the brand Woodsafe or equivalent. The supplier shall, prior to the procurement of fire protection measures present a Declaration of Performance as well as a CE certificate with reference to CPR 305/2011, EN13986:2004+A1:2015 (plywood) and/or EN14915:2013 (solid wood), in accordance with B-s1,d0 for the wood species in question. The supplier/manufacturer shall, prior to procurement/execution of fire protection measures also exhibit a type approval certificate, in cases specifying that the species of wood/plywood in question is certified K210/B-s1,d0. Equivalent product refers to another product of equivalent performance according to Appendix E. In the case of equivalent eligibility for the manufacturer's quality system, Appendix C can be used. Presentation of individual fire test reports or documents with title certificates without the above details are not approved documents in the project's procurement of fire-treated wood.

REGULATORY TEXT SP-FIRE 105

- Wood paneling must fire treated according to SP Fire 105 by the Woodsafe brand or equivalent. The supplier shall, prior to the procurement of fire protection measures present a Declaration of Performance, as well as a CE certificate with reference to CPR 305/2011 EN14915:2013, in accordance with B-s1,d0 for the wood species in question. The supplier shall, prior to the procurement, show the type-approval certificate where it is established that the fire protection product has durable fire properties according to SS-EN16755 DRF EXT. Equivalent product refers to another product of equivalent performance according to Appendix E. In the case of equivalent eligibility for the manufacturer's quality system, Appendix C can be used. Presentation of individual fire test reports or documents with title certificates without the above details are not approved documents in the project's procurement of fire-treated wood.