INTRODUCTION. In the National Building Code of Canada (NBCC) 1 “fire-resistance rating” is defined in part as: “the time in minutes or hours that a material or assembly of materials will withstand the passage of flame and the transmission of heat when exposed to fire under specified conditions of test and performance criteria…”
While no building materials are entirely fireproof building with fire-safe products can help enhance resistance to heat and flame during a fire. This fire resistance can slow the spread of a fire reducing property damage and allowing additional time for egress.
The sad truth is that most fatal fires occur when people are asleep in their homes as smoke can lull a person into a deep slumber. While no practical building material is truly fireproof well-constructed houses and buildings can help prevent such tragedies by using materials that are relatively fire-resistant.
Refractories are hard heat-resistant materials such as cement bricks precast shapes ceramics and fire clay. Some of the minerals used to make refractories include alumina chromite fire clays magnesite and silicon carbide.
Fire Retardant Building Materials. Using fire retardant building materials is a way to ensure the safety of a building and its occupants. Fire retardant materials such as fire resistant lumber are treated with chemical preservatives that help to slow down the process of oxidation that occurs when the lumber is burned.
This article describes some important and useful heat resistant materials. They are heat resistant sealants firesleeves fire blankets and heat resistant tapes. You will get information about their application and the construction of such materials.
Mitigation Best Practices . Defensible Space and Fire Resistant Building Materials Saves Property . Calaveras County CA ‒ “When it looks like it’s snowing and its 90 degrees outside that’s not a good thing”