Home | About us | What we do | Sectors | Contact us | Careers | Travel to BRE | News & Information | Services A-Z | Login

Reaction-to-fire testing

Reaction-to-fire testing measures the contribution of a material or system to fire, particularly at the early stages when this is crucial to the safe evacuation of a building or transport system.

We offer a full range of reaction-to-fire testing, research, consultancy and certification services for the construction, rail transport, marine and offshore industries. Specialist services for both the surface and sub-surface rail industries (components and construction products) for UK and international clients are also provided.

Operating in some of the world's most extensive fire laboratories, we carry out testing to European, Marine (IMO and Military), Defence, British and US (ASTM) standards. Testing and technical submissions for the London Underground (LUL) product register are also offered.
We publish our own range of insurance industry backed standards - ‘Loss Prevention Standards' (LPS) - for insurance critical applications.

In addition to our reaction-to-fire testing capabilities, we supply a full range of testing and certification services in support of the Construction Products Regulation (CPR), Technical Standards for Interoperability (TSIs) and Marine Equipment Directive (MED).

Our expert teams provide tests and services that include:

• Built Environment
o Construction Products Directive (CPD, 89/106/EEC):
o BS EN 13501-1 classification and testing including:
-BS EN ISO 1182 - Non combustibility
-BS EN ISO 1716 - Heat of combustion (bomb calorimeter)
-BS EN 13828 - Single burning item (SBI) test
-BS EN ISO 11925-2 - Small flame test
o BS 476 Part 3 Fire exposure to roofs (ENV 1187)
o BS 476 Part 4 & Part 11 Non-combustibility/heat emission.
o BS 476 Part 6 & 7 Fire propagation & surface spread of flame
o BS 476 Part 12 Ignitability by direct flame
o BS 476 Part 15 Heat release rate (Cone calorimeter)
o ISO 5659-2 Smoke generation
o ISO 5660 Parts 1 & 2 Heat & Smoke production

• Marine
o IMO FTP Code (MSC.61(67), MSC.307(88)) testing as required by SOLAS, MED
-Part 1 Non-combustibility (ISO 1182)
-Part 2 Smoke and toxicity test (ISO 5659-2, formerly MSC 41(64))
-Part 5 & 6 Test for surface flammability. A.653(16) (c.f. ISO 5658-2)
-Part 8 & 9 Tests for flammability of upholstered furniture & bedding Resolutions (A.652(16)) & (A.688(17))
o Military marine
-UK Defence Standard 07-247
-Def Stan 02-713 Toxicity
-Def Stan 02-711 Smoke
-NATO Naval Ship code (ANEP-77)
-STANAG 4602 (AFAPs 1-5)

• Aircraft: interior materials
o FAA 25 (FAA 14 CFR Part 25), EASA CS-25, (formerly CAA Specification 8)
o Chapter 25.853 Appendix F
-Part I Flammability of cabin materials
-Part V Smoke emission (ASTM F814)(c.f. ASTM E 662)

• Rail
Rate of burn, flammability and horizontal burn characteristics
-Smoke emission and optical density tests.
oCEN/TS 45545-2
o BS 6853
o LUL 1-085

• Certification
-Specialist Reaction to Fire schemes for protective covering materials. (LPS 1207 and LPS 1215).
-LPCB, CE and MED certification services.

• Consultancy
- Experimental based projects.
Interpreting product standards
- Developing test programmes to maximise product compliance and reduce test costs
- Expanding the scope of test reports to cover other product areas.

Service provided by BRE Global Ltd