Structural fire prevention and the application of fire-safe building materials.
Due to the increasing demand for these materials, new and improved fire-resistant materials are becoming increasingly available on the market. In addition, the fire safety requirements for buildings are becoming increasingly strict. After all, it is about our safety. Construction products used in Dutch construction must at least meet the requirements of the Building Decree. In the Building Decree, reference is made to the Dutch fire classification for material behavior in the event of fire, including NEN 6064.
However, since a few years the products may also be used that meet the European classification standard NEN-EN 13501-1. The European classification was introduced through the Commission decision (2000/147 / EC) with the aim of creating a common platform for fire safety of buildings.
Passive fire safety
We distinguish five different product groups within passive fire safety:
• Fire resistant industrial fire doors
• Fire resistant pedestrian doors, curtain walls and glass
• Fire retardants for wood and other board materials
• Fire-resistant penetrations
• Fire-resistant structures
Magnesium Oxide Board material
Every building material has its own fire-resistant properties.Magnesium oxide sheet material falls into the category of fire-resistant structures. (Of course these boards can also be used in fire doors, but we will devote another article to that) It is a relatively new type of material in the Netherlands and also in Europe. It is also called MgO for short. The material has many unique properties and one of them is that it is non-flammable. It is about being specific to the European fire class A1 of materials, the highest attainable category. (according to European Standard EN 13501-1)