James Hardie fibre cement cladding carries the highest possible fire rating: A2 s1-d0
In case of a fire, you want to know that the walls of your house will protect you while your family seeks safety. Fire feasts on wood, and it melts vinyl, or uPVC, almost instantly. But James Hardie fibre cement cladding will not ignite when exposed to a direct flame, nor will it contribute fuel to a fire.
cladding, weatherboards and building facades are made from advanced fibre cement material, which is non-combustible, compared to wood cladding and uPVC cladding. With a high density and dimensional stability, fibre cement is naturally resistant to adverse events such as fire, extreme weather conditions, pests, rot and fade.
The James Hardie cladding cladding is used all over the world, including fire prone areas where our products are specified to help resist fire attack from burning embers, radiant heat or flame contact. As the global leader in fibre cement technology, you can rest assured that when you use James Hardie
cladding, you are using the highest fire rated (A2, s1-d0) facade cladding possible for a coloured exterior product.
Our non-combustible boards have been extensively fire tested under the EN 13501-1:2002 suite of fire tests for CE compliance, which examines material reactions in respect of:
- Direct flame applied
- Heat transmission
- Flame spread
- Smoke production
- Flaming particle emissions
All of our exterior products – Hardie®
Plank and Hardie®
Panel cladding – perform extremely well in these tests, achieving the maximum fire protection rating for a coloured facade product. Our fibre cement cladding would not contribute to the propagation of fire.
Fire Resistance test - what is it and what does it mean for specifying cladding materials?
Our fire test report has been updated! But what does this mean? Fire test reports can be difficult to understand, and therefore we thought we could it explain it here for you.
Fire reports has to be done for all cladding products. And they have to comply with Building Regulations to gain Building Control approval in order to build in the UK.
Fire test reports test a number of criteria such as how a material reacts to fire, smoke production, heat transmission, flame spread, and emission of flaming particles. This in short, ensures that the building materials used in the overall construction is acceptable in case of fire.
For more information on fire test reports, click here.