New fire prevention standards in Europe

New fire prevention standards in Europe – significance with regard to sandwich elements (Source:www.sandwichbau.com)

General
In the context of European harmonisation it has become a requirement for standards to be unified. For many materials – steel, galvanised and pre-lacquered sheets to name but a few – this has already been done. A more difficult matter, on the other hand, would be a uniform system for building products. The national perceptions and regulations are too varied here to be able to find a quick solution.

In the realm of fire prevention, certain basic European standards have already been established and these have appeared in German speaking areas as a white paper or will appear as such soon. Below we will give a brief picture of their interpretation in terms of sandwich elements with metal cover coatings and polyurethane insulating cores. It is important to state that this concerns the status of the matter as of July 2002. Changes or the introduction of further newer standards or guidelines can take place very rapidly and have a further influence upon the information below:

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