A question we are frequently asked is which fire rated panel will provide 30 minute or 60 minute fire resistance. The answer of course is not straight forward and although fire rated panels can be used as part of a fire barrier system, such as partitions, the finished design requires additional independent testing to achieve such a rating.
Since the introduction of the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) Fire retardant panels are tested against EN13823:2002 (SBI or Single Burning Item Test) and EN11925 (Ignitability Test) and given a rating against their performance.
SBI is the key test and records parameters relating to the rate of fire growth, lateral flame spread, heat release and smoke emission.
There are seven Euroclass Classifications for fire performance of different construction materials ranging from A1 and A2 through to F. Classifications for wood based panel products such as Plywood, MDF and Chipboard include B, C, D and E. Euroclasses D and E relate to untreated material.