BiForm: Where There’s Smoke

BiForm: Where There’s Smoke

Building material fire test results are becoming important in the specification process. Projects will often come to a halt if certain materials don't meet Building Code requirements for fire safety.

So, to ensure a streamlined specification, BiForm had its solid composite decking fire-rated and made this information available for architects and specifiers.

Critical Radiant Flux quantifies the radiant energy a fire needs to sustain flame propagation on a specific material. The lower the CRF result, the greater the tendency of the material to spread flame. As stipulated by the New Zealand Building Code, open pathways, exit ways and fire exits require a minimum Critical Radiant Flux result of 2.2 k/Wm2.

Testing has shown that the BiForm composite decking rating of 5.7 k/Wm2 exceeds the Building Code requirement by a wide margin. This also applies to the requirement in the Verification Method C/VM2 – Framework for Fire Safety Design.

When specifying decking for areas where fire safety is important, for example, where users are likely to smoke cigarettes, BiForm has the test results to justify specification. BiForm Solid Composite Decking’s fire safety properties was the key reason for its specification and use at Auckland International Airport’s Smoking Area.

To learn more about why BiForm is being chosen where fire safety performance counts, go to: