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Fire resistance testing of building materials

We offer clients a wide range of fire resistance testing for the construction, marine, offshore and other industries.

We test to assess fire resistance performance to British, European, marine and international fire test standards, for the purpose of complying the UK Building Regulations, or for European Classification and CE Marking.

Tests may also form the basis of BRE / LPCB certification schemes, Insurers, approval or the requirements of other approval bodies, such as Lloyd's Register, DNV, US Coast Guards, Factory Mutual, and Underwriters Laboratory.

We are is a notified body and can help clients identify the tests required to meet regulatory requirements. In addition, fire resistance assessments are made by our consultants to allow the widest possible use of test data for new designs or variations in design and to minimise the cost of testing.

BRE Global is a UKAS accredited testing laboratory No. 0578. Tests are offered to standard requirements and also to meet clients, ad-hoc specification for classification purposes and exploratory work.

Tests to BS 476 : Parts 20-24 :1987 include:

  • walls and partitions
  • doors and shutter assemblies
  • columns and beams
  • suspended ceilings
  • ceiling membranes
  • floors
  • glazed screens
  • ventilation ducts
  • intumescent door seals
  • structural steel protection (ASFP, 'Yellow Book')
  • dampers (ad hoc)
  • penetration sealing systems / linear gap seals (ad hoc)

In addition, we offer tests to published European test standards, including draft standards, as given below:

  • BS EN 1363 : Part 1 : 1999 (general principles)
  • BS EN 1363 : Part 2 : 1999 (alternative procedures)
  • BS EN 1364 : Part 1 : 1999 (partitions/glazing)
  • BS EN 1364 : Part 2 : 1999 (ceilings)
  • BS EN 1365 : Part 1 : 1999 (load bearing walls)
  • BS EN 1365 : Part 2 : 2000 (floors/roofs)
  • BS EN 1365 : Part 3 : 2000 (beams)
  • BS EN 1365 : Part 4 : 1999 (columns)
  • BS EN 1366 : Part 2 : 1999 (dampers)
  • prEN 1366 : Part 3 : 2002 (penetration sealing systems)
  • prEN 1366 : Part 4 : 2000 (linear gap seals)
  • BS EN 1634 : Part 1 : 2000 (doors)
  • DD ENV 13381 : Part 4 : 2002 (protection to structural steel)

UKAS accredited tests are also conducted to:

  • IMO Res A 754 (18) 1993
  • ISO 10294 : Part 1 : 1996 (dampers)
  • ISO 834 : Part 1 : 1999 (general requirements)
  • Australian Standard AS 1530:Part 4: 1997
  • Hydrocarbon test (offshore)

BRE contributes to relevant UK, European and international standards committees, the Fire Test Study Group (FTSG), the European Group of Official Laboratories for Fire Testing (EGOLF) and the Fire Sector Group of the Group of notified bodies.

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