Floors: ASTM E648 – This is the standard test method for critical radiant flux of floor-covering systems using a radiant heat energy source. The critical radiant flux of the flooring is determined by igniting it to see how far the flame spreads prior to self-extinguishing. The higher the number, the better the fire resistance. A Class 1 fire rating requires the number to be greater than 0.45 W/cm2. ASTM E662 – This is the standard test method for specific optical density of smoke generated by solid materials. The optical density is determined by the smoke generated when a sample is ignited. The lower the number, the better the fire resistance. Class 1 requires less than 450 Ds but can vary by local requirements for certain areas (means of egress, etc.) BENEFITS OF FIRE-RESISTANT FLOORS AND WALLS Fire-resistant flooring and wall systems reduce the spread of flames and smoke in the event of a fire-related incident within a facility. Benefit highlights include: Reducing the spread of flames and smoke throughout a facility or area Providing greater protection of people and property during a fire-related accident/incident Gaining peace of mind/security against careless actions (e.g. the discarding of lit cigarettes) RECOMMENDED INDUSTRIES Nearly all industries benefit from the installation of fire-resistant flooring. In fact, most facilities require it. Recommended industries include: Pharmaceutical/Biotechnology – research facilities, vivariums, laboratories Healthcare – hospitals, operating rooms, corridors Education – cafeterias, locker rooms, hallways, labs Office Buildings/Building Management – lobbies, corporate cafeterias, parking garages General Commercial – public spaces, entertainment venues, concourses An example of a certified fire rating could be https://www.goldenfield.com.au/certificates/ Many of our products have exceptional fire ratings. Ask one of our floor depot sales team member now!