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Successful burn experiment shows high efficacy of fire-resistant wood

May 17, 2021
By CFF Staff

May 17, 2021, Leduc, Alta. – A recent field test showed that BarrierTek-treated wood structures do not allow fire to leave the point of origin, dramatically reducing fire damage and posing no threat to the surrounding community or any adjacent buildings.

BarrierTek, a company that specializes in fire-resistant wood construction, performed the full-scale field test at a local fire training facility in Alberta. The large-scale burn experiment provided a comparative analysis between two three-story wood buildings. One was constructed with BarrierTek fire-proof coating and the other was untreated standard construction. Both buildings were identical in construction and were ignited with an equal amount of fuel-load.

BarrierTek reported that its treated building did not ignite and reached a maximum temperature of 230 C, while the untreated building reached flashover.

The untreated building’s maximum temperature in this experiment peaked at 1240 C, as reported by BarrierTek.

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Government officials, industry professionals, business leaders and the general public are invited to observe another demonstration virtually on June 16.

For more information about the event and to register, please visit BarrierTek.