Fire research – case studies
EPIC and EPIC member companies have conducted a series of studies into actual fires in which PUR and PIR cored panels had become involved. These complement the findings of EPIC’s major fire test programme and The EPIC research into major fires over £500,000.
The case studies analyse the performance of PIR and PUR insulated panels in actual building fires, with particular emphasis on fire spread and contribution to the fire. Case studies 1 to 6 clearly illustrate that PIR panels perform well in actual fires and as indicated in the large-scale Insurance Industry fire tests. Similarly case studies 7 to 10 also indicate that non-certificated PUR panels also perform well and should be viewed in the same way as any other cladding material or system.
Case studies 1 to 3 focus on whether there was any fire spread or significant contribution to the fire and assess the performance of panels either side of a fire resisting compartment wall.
Case studies 4 to 6 analyse the performance of panels from external fire attack.
Case studies 7 to 10 analyse the performance of older non-certificated panels