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Advanced Systems for Wood Fire Protection

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 604842

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2013

  • End date

    30 November 2015

Funded under:

FP7-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 711 292

  • EU contribution

    € 1 293 873

Coordinated by:

FIRE PROTECTION COATINGS LIMITED

United Kingdom

Objective

Wood is an important construction material (over 70% of people in the developed world live in timber frame housing) as it performs well as an engineering material and compared to other commonly used construction materials it is more sustainable. However, timber is combustible, unlike concrete or steel, and this has significant implications for how it is used within the construction industry as the fire performance (surface spread of flame and structural integrity) must be considered for all building applications.

In Europe there have been a number of serious fires involving buildings based around structural timber frame (~2.5 million reported fires p.a. causing 20-25,000 deaths and 250-500,000 injuries of which over 50% is attributed to fires in timber frame buildings in Europe at a cost of between 0.2-0.3% of GDP or ~€100 billion in Europe ).

There is significant industry concern that existing protective wood coating products do not provide the levels of performance (fire resistance) needed to satisfy the increased use of timber for structures due to sustainability benefits.

Therefore there is a need to develop protective coating systems with enhanced fire resistance which will help to maintain or prolong structural integrity of timber in a fire situation, thus increasing time available for safe evacuation and increased potential to keep structure/time for fire service to arrive.

The REACTAFIRE project aims to overcome the limitations associated with currently used fire protection coatings by developing a unique advanced timber coating which will act to provide at least 60 minutes resistance to fire. This will be done by forming a durable wood char layer which will provide sufficient insulation to prevent further char damage. The result of which will serve to prolong the remaining timber integrity thus increasing the time available for safer evacuation from a building.
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Coordinator

FIRE PROTECTION COATINGS LIMITED

Address

Victoria House, Queens Road 44-45
Cv1 3eh Coventry

United Kingdom

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 496 750

Administrative Contact

Clive Atkins (Mr.)

Participants (7)

J.W. OSTENDORF GMBH & CO. KG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 35 730

GARVSON AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 245 019

VAN BAERLE AG

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 251 941

ENERGENICS EUROPE LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 207 907

PRA TRADING LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 18 345

RISE RESEARCH INSTITUTES OF SWEDEN AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 20 368

OVE ARUP & PARTNERS INTERNATIONAL LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 17 813

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 604842

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2013

  • End date

    30 November 2015

Funded under:

FP7-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 711 292

  • EU contribution

    € 1 293 873

Coordinated by:

FIRE PROTECTION COATINGS LIMITED

United Kingdom