Timber put to the test by BM TRADA at Timber Expo

Posted on 21/09/2015

Fire safety and security will form part of an extensive testing and demonstration programme being staged by BM TRADA, part of the Exova Group,  at Timber Expo in the NEC, Birmingham, 6- 8 October. In addition to demonstrating its timber expertise, BM TRADA will also be providing expert guidance on timber fire door testing and timber window security testing.
 
BM TRADA’s stand (T3/760) will include displays and demonstrations from across its business, highlighting the broad range of expertise and services it offers. BM TRADA technical experts will be on hand to offer advice on subjects from the testing of timber and fire-rated products to third party certification schemes for doors, windows and timber products.

One of the key highlights of the programme will be a live demonstration at 10.30am each morning of a security test on a high performance timber window. The demonstration, conducted using a specially-made rig, will include elements of the security testing required for windows being supplied for Secured by Design (SBD) projects. These must be certified by an independent UKAS-accredited certification body, such as BM TRADA, and tested against standards such as PAS 24 and the relevant material specific standard for general performance (which reference  BS 6375 Parts  1, 2 and 3).
 
The windows, supplied by A & A Joinery and Woodworking Ltd, Heron Joinery Export and Bairds Windows Ltd, will be subjected to three different tests during the live demonstrations, each simulating a typical form of attack. The manual check test involves subjecting the window to a 15 minute attack using a range of tools, while the manual glazing/infill test is a 3 minute attack which aims to remove the infill without breaking the glass. Finally, the 3-minute manipulation test will aim to try and gain access to screw heads in the hardware.

BM TRADA will also be highlighting the effectiveness of correctly specified and installed fire doors at preventing the spread of fire.  At 3pm each day, in the Toolbox Talks Theatre, BM TRADA will be providing commentary on footage from a recent 30-minute fire resistance test. The test features two identical doors subjected to a prolonged period of fire. One of the doors will have been correctly specified and fitted, while the other will demonstrate many of the common mistakes made.

The test will show the significant difference in fire resistance between the two doors, highlighting the critical importance of correct specification and installation and clearly demonstrating why a door must be adequately maintained throughout its life.

A full size model of a charred fire door which has undergone just such a fire test will also be on display on BM TRADA’s stand. This will show in dramatic fashion the effectiveness of correctly specified and installed fire doors with one side of the door heavily charred and the other side largely unaffected by the fire. In support of this, a full scale interactive display unit demonstrating correctly and incorrectly specified and fitted doors side by side will also be on show, providing visitors with the opportunity to get a close-up view of the common mistakes often found with fire doors in buildings.    
 
Timber Expo forms part of UK Construction Week, which brings together nine shows under one roof.  To register for the show simply visit www.timber-expo.co.uk
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Fire safety and security will form part of an extensive testing and demonstration programme being staged by BM TRADA, part of the Exova Group,  at Timber Expo in the NEC, Birmingham, 6- 8 October. In addition to demonstrating its timber expertise, BM TRADA will also be providing expert guidance on timber fire door testing and timber window security testing.