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New Test Standard for Facades on the Rise

RISE Fire Research is helping to develop the future common European methods for testing and classifying the fire properties of building facades.

Today there are 11 different standards for the fire properties of facades in Europe, and this is challenging and expensive for businesses that aim to sell their products in several countries.

The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and The European Organization for Technical Assessment (EOTA) have long worked to establish a joint, harmonized system for fire testing and classification of facades and external walls.

The European Commission has therefore funded a project which aims to present a proposal that can be accepted by all EU member states.

CE Marking is Possible

The aim of the project is for the industry to have a simpler and more uniform set of regulations to deal with. With common European testing and classification methodology, it becomes possible to CE mark façade systems.

CE marking (CE = Conformité Européenne) shows public control authorities that the marked product meets the safety requirements applicable in the EU and the EEA area, and that this can be documented. A product with the correct CE marking will normally have free market access in the EEA area.

Round Robin Testing

RISE Fire Research is collaborating with five other test and research institutes in the EU on a study that will compare all regulations and standards that currently apply in all member states of the EU and the EEA.

The project has progressed so far that RISE Fire Research now participates in so-called "round robin testing". The same experiments are carried out in different places in Europe, with the same equipment and in the same way.

We and the other test and research institutes can then compare data and assess how suitable and replicable the methodology is. Does it give the same results everywhere, all the time? And what requirements for results (measurement parameters) should future regulations contain?

The Two Methods We Compare

RISE Fire Research tests two different test methods: SP Fire 105, which has long been the established test standard in the Nordics, as well as the present proposal for a new EU standard facade test (Draft EU test). The Draft EU test can be carried out on a large and medium scale.

The results from an SP Fire 105 test are largely based on observations and assessments, while the Draft EU test will place more emphasis on measurable criteria. The Draft EU test also sets tougher and more complex requirements for the fire properties of the outer wall.

In a large-scale Draft EU test, the facade must, among other things, be built 2.5 meters higher than in an SP 105 test. The wall must also be built with a right-angled corner, which thus reflects heat and increases the intensity of heat generation.

So far in the project, we have learned that products that pass the SP 105 test can be far from the desired result in the Draft EU test. But we have also tested products that cope well with the Draft EU test.

Learn more from this report.

If you would like more information about this project, or fire testing of facades, contact project manager Mikael Bergius in RISE Fire Research (