Fire safety is one of the most critical design considerations when selecting building materials. The choice of materials must ensure an adequate level of safety and conform to all applicable fire safety standards.
In the unfortunate event of a fire it is essential to restrict the generation and spread of flames and smoke within the building and to any neighbouring buildings. The propensity of a material to contribute to “fire propagation” is a function of the rate of heat generated by the material in question and the spread of flame by that material. The principle consideration of fire safety design should be the safe exit of building occupants and the safety of firefighting teams.
Texlon® ETFE foil is a safe building material that is principally employed in the formation of building envelopes.
ETFE has a melting point of approximately 260°C. In the event of a fire it does not promote the spread of flames because it self-extinguishes and does not generate any flaming droplets or particles.
If hot gases or flames come into contact with ETFE cladding forming part of the building envelope it will melt and shrink back from the area affected allowing hot gases and smoke to be vented from the building.
The venting of internal spaces consequent to this effect can contribute to the overall fire safety of a building complex.
ETFE has been tested extensively and is proven to be compliant with international fire safety standards, it does not contribute to the spread of flame or the production of smoke.