As the trend toward a ‘Scandinavian’ or ‘natural’ aesthetic continues, Australian designers and specifiers are making increasing use of timber in decorative and architectural applications. While the growing popularity of cross-laminate timber (CLT) and timber wall and ceiling panels has presented designers with a raft of new design opportunities, it also poses a number of challenges, including fire resistance and code compliance.

In their new whitepaper, Optimising fire resistance in timber for interior applications, passive fire protection experts BOSS Fire & Safety take a closer look at interior timber and explore how this can be optimised for maximum fire resistance.

The whitepaper commences with an explanation of the three key measures of fire resistance: resistance to ignition, an ability to limit or stop the spread of flames, and minimisation of smoke production. It then explores the specific BCA fire performance requirements that internal timber must meet in order to be deemed suitable for use in interior applications, summarising each of these in succinct, clear terms. The whitepaper concludes by presenting FireShield, a revolutionary intumescent paint that significantly enhances the Fire Resistance Level (FRL) of structural timbers by reducing the char rate of timber.

For years, Boss Fire & Safety have led the Australasian market in the supply of fully compliant, highly effective passive fire protection products. Their range of sustainable fire protection solutions combines unrivalled ease of use and application with cutting edge technology to deliver reliable protection for projects of all scales and natures.

To learn more about Australian fire resistance and how timber can be carefully treated to meet these, download Optimising fire resistance in timber for interior applications.