Fire propagation tests on facades (LEPIR II test, BS 8414…).
A fire propagation test can be performed to estimate the performance of a façade system. The purpose of such testing is to examine the lateral spread of a fire and its spread within cladding or across the façade–floor interface. In some cases such a test is recommended by fire regulations applicable to the types of buildings for which the system is intended (France’s Class 3 and Class 4 dwellings, buildings open to the public, offices, etc.), depending on its design (use of combustible insulation, air gap, etc.).
The Fire Testing Centre habitually uses the LEPIR II test protocol* when performing fire-propagation tests. If need be, other standards (e.g. BS 8414) can be used to assess the spread of fire in cladding.
The Fire Testing Centre has its own test facility for evaluating your range of construction solutions for façade systems (habitually applying France’s IT 249 regulations) and has a full range of instrumentation (regulatory temperatures, airflows, anemometers, video recording, other relevant measurements).
* Two-storey real-fire testing facility