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Fire Resistance for Walls and Partitions

Fire is perhaps the single most destructive element on Earth. Every year, fire causes devastating damage to property, often resulting in tragic loss of life. When we think of ‘fire fighting’, we tend to conjure up images of firemen desperately trying to extinguish raging infernos. However, the battle against the destructive element of fire begins with ‘passive fire protection’.

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Euroform's Walls and Partitions for Fire and Acoustics

Fire-Resistant-LogosOur range of fire and sound resistant building boards for fires and partitions offer up to 240 minutes of fire resistance, 43 decibels of sound resistance with a partition thickness of as little as 82mm, depending upon the specific application. These boards are Euroform’s unique proprietary products. They are not distributed on anyone else’s behalf. As with all our products, Versafire, Versapanel and Magnaliner benefit from the full support of the Euroform Product’s technical team. Click on the links below for detailed information of each product or use our Product Selector, which you will find on the next tab along or by clicking here.

In order to make the selection or specification of the appropriate partition as easier as possible, we’ve created the Product Selector below. This provides all the information you’ll need — fire rating, decibel rating, partition thickness and relevant standards — to reach a decision. Just click on the appropriate product name on the right and you’ll be taken to a detailed breakdown of that product.

Steel Partitions
Fire
Rating
dB
Rating*
Partition
Thickness
AssessmentProduct
30 Min3482mmAssessed to BS746 Part 22Versafire
60 Min3788mmTested to BS746 Part 22Versafire
*Approximate independent assessment
Timber Partitions
Fire
Rating
dB
Rating*
Partition
Thickness
AssessmentProduct
30 Min3482mmAssessed to BS746 Part 22Versafire
60 Min3788mmAssessed to BS746 Part 22Versafire
*Approximate independent assessment

In order to make the selection or specification of the appropriate wall product as easier as possible, we’ve created the Product Selector below. This provides all the information you’ll need — fire rating, decibel rating, partition thickness and relevant standards — to reach a decision. Just click on the appropriate product name on the right and you’ll be taken to a detailed breakdown of that product.

External Steel Framed Load Bearing Wall
Fire
Rating
dB
Rating*
Partition
Thickness
AssessmentProduct
90 Min-209mmAssessed in accordance to EN 1365-1Versafire
*Approximate independent assessment
Metal Wall Non Load Bearing
Fire
Rating
dB
Rating*
Partition
Thickness
AssessmentProduct
60 Min43127mmAssessed to BS476 Part 22Versapanel
*Approximate independent assessment.
Timber Wall Non Load Bearing
Fire
Rating
dB
Rating*
Partition
Thickness
AssessmentProduct
60 Min43128mmAssessed to BS476 Part 22Versapanel
*Approximate independent assessment.

In order to make the selection or specification of the appropriate wall lining product as easier as possible, we’ve created the Product Selector below. This provides all the information you’ll need — fire rating, decibel rating, partition thickness and relevant standards — to reach a decision. Just click on the appropriate product name on the right and you’ll be taken to a detailed breakdown of that product.

External Metal Frame Walling System
Fire
Rating
dB
Rating*
Partition
Thickness
AssessmentProduct
120 Min-214.9mmAssessed in accordance to EN 1365-1Versafire
*Approximate independent assessment.

Passive Fire Protection

Passive fire protection (PFP) includes, amongst other measures, the compartmentalisation of the building through the use of fire-resistant walls and floors to prevent or slow the passage of fire through a building, enabling occupants to safely evacuate the property and minimising damage to the structure. The part played by fire-resistant boards, such as Versafire, in this process is considerable.

Regulations and Testing

To ensure the effectiveness of these fire resistant boards, Approved Document B of the Building Regulations goes to great lengths to detail very precisely how and when these products should be employed and to what standard they should be manufactured. Fire testing has been harmonised throughout the European Community to EN standards (generally considered to be more onerous than BS standards). Where EN test standards don’t exist, BS EN standards are called up to meet specific UK test criteria.

Products must be tested within the structures and systems they are to be used in, and that testing must be carried out by accredited bodies. These tests assess a host of factors, primarily:

  • Reaction to Fire
  • Calorific Potential
  • Single Item Burning
  • Ignitability