Durra Panel has an extensive test history on its fire resistance in accordance with Australian Standards and global certification, plus is an FM approved Class 1 construction material. Depending on the application, Durra Panel can be supplied as a Group 2 or 3 fire rated finish.
What happens to Durra Panel when there is a fire?
When Durra Panel is exposed to fire the Kraft liner facing will char away and the densely compressed panel core will carbonise, providing an extremely effective barrier against the spread and penetration of the fire. As soon as the flames & fuel source are removed from the panel, carbonizing stops, the glow will disappear and the panel will not smoulder, curl up or distort.
Durra Panel is so effective as a thermal insulation barrier that a hand can be safely held on the reverse side of the board, without any heat being felt during a fire.
In a bushfire situation, one of the most dangerous factors is exposure to radiant heat. The fire-resistant properties of Durra Panel provide protection against this heat produced from bushfire flames. With a fire-rated panel to panel joint, Durra Panel has a CSIRO fire resistance test rating of 1 hour.
Building with fire-resistant building materials such as Durra Panel and having a comprehensive bushfire plan in place will help to protect a building’s inhabitants as the bushfire front passes through, which usually takes between 2 and 5 minutes.
Durra Panel has also been fully tested by the CSIRO in accordance with the Australian Standard AS/ISO 9705 – Fire Tests Full Scale Room Test for Surface Products, which tests how the material will behave in the event of a full scale fire. This has shown that Durra Panel holds up as efficient fire rated ceiling and wall panels that are ideal for when building in bushfire prone areas.
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