FireSmart capsheets provide a fire protection layer, shielding the roof from both spread of flame and fire penetration


How the FireSmart system has been tested

The FireSmart system exceeds the existing UK fire standard BS476: Part3: 1958.

Looking to the future, prEN1187 is the draft code for European harmonisation of fire testing on roofing systems. Currently it incorporates three different national testing methods: the German, the French and the Nordic. Of these three, the German standard (prEN 1187:Test Method 1) is considered the most exacting. FireSmart has been tested to this high standard and so, whatever new test method is finally adopted in the UK, FireSmart will be guaranteed to comply.

All Icopal FireSmart systems achieve an EXT.F.AA fire rating in accordance with BS476:Part 3:1958.

The Fire Tests

Two tests were carried out by the world renowned Warrington Fire Research Centre. Both tests placed the roofing under greater flame intensity than would normally result from fires started by vandals or the landing of burning embers.


Test 1

A pilot flame was applied in an attempt to ignite the FireSmart capsheet and measure the spread of flame.
Result: Zero spread of flame was recorded.




Test 2

A FireSmart system incorporating PIR insulation was built to test fire penetration. The system surface was inclined at 15° and a metal cage containing highly inflammable material was placed on it.

This was then ignited and the fire was left to burn itself out. Penetration was then measured in accordance with the German 'prEN 1187/1: Test Method 1' standard.

Result: Zero penetration was recorded

Video footage of the fire tests


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