The team have recently completed new Technical Data Sheets which are an excellent tool for designers looking into the finer details of a product. These are available for immediate download on each of the specific product pages. View the VidaSpace Collections now

Fire Ratings

One key feature that has been included which is a very important consideration in New Zealand’s interior design work is the fire ratings.

Where solid wood or plywood products don’t have a fire rating but are over 9mm thick and a density equal to or great than 400kg/m3 and 600kg/m3 respectively they meet a generic Group 3 rating as outlined in C/VM2 Table A1.

With VidaSpace’s range being used in Europe, North America and Australia for a number of years, the large proportion of the range has been tested to European Standards and some to AS/NZS Standards. The method of testing used and the corresponding Group number is clearly stated in these new Technical Data Sheets.

A very interesting extract from the Building Performance website has been included below to verify this:

In Australia and Europe the same general hierarchy of risk for surface flame spread for finishes is used. While differences exist in the small-scale or intermediate-scale fire test methods adopted in the different jurisdictions, the resulting classifications are considered to be sufficiently similar to the Group Number requirements of NZBC Clause 3.4(a) such that the results can be used directly for the purpose of compliance with Clause C3.4 of the New Zealand Building Code.

In Australia the Group Numbers are derived from AS ISO 9705:2003 which is an identical reproduction of ISO 9705:1993.

In Europe, the reaction to fire, of construction products and materials are classified using the criteria and test methods described in EN 13501-1. There are five classification levels A1, A2, B, C, D, E and F (from least to most combustible).

See the full article and an very helpful table http://www.building.govt.nz/achieving-nzbc-surface-finishes-overseas-standards

Any queries you have around the technical aspects of each product or recommended installation methods, please don’t hesitate to contact our team +64 (0) 6929 6564 or email info@vidaspace.co.nz

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