Safer ply­wood choice for wall and ceil­ing lin­ings

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AUS­TRALIAN TIM­BER ve­neer man­u­fac­turer Matilda Ve­neer has launched a new ply­wood build­ing ma­te­rial suit­able for the most strin­gent fire hazard re­quire­ments.

Matilda Fire­ply is ideal for use as wall and ceil­ing lining in Class 2-9 build­ings. It can be used in ac­com­mo­da­tion and other build­ings for the aged, peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties and chil­dren, for ex­am­ple, school and hos­pi­tals. Fire­ply is also a suit­able choice for pub­lic trans­port ap­pli­ca­tions, boats, el­e­va­tors, planes and re­cre­ation ve­hi­cles.

Matilda Ve­neer’s Gen­eral Man­ager of panel prod­ucts Craig Gra­ham said the prod­uct was a game changer.

“Most fire re­tar­dant ply­wood is treated post-pro­duc­tion, lim­it­ing its fire re­sis­tance,” he said, “whereas our Fire­ply is treated with the im­preg­na­tion method prior to pro­duc­tion, which makes it a bet­ter prod­uct in terms of fire re­sis­tance.”

He said that architects, build­ing de­sign­ers and spec­i­fiers could con­fi­dently choose Matilda Fire­ply for wall or ceil­ing lin­ings of fire-iso­lated ex­its, pub­lic cor­ri­dors and other ar­eas where a Group 1 ma­te­rial is re­quired.

Test­ing is cur­rently un­der way for the prod­uct’s use with spe­cific ve­neer types, with re­sults ex­pected soon.

He said Matilda Fire­ply was a su­pe­rior al­ter­na­tive to fire-re­tar­dant (FR) MDF and other ma­te­ri­als that have tra­di­tion­ally been used when the high­est fire re­sis­tance is re­quired. Com­pared to FR MDF, Fire­ply is lighter, more im­pact re­sis­tant and stronger pound-for-pound.

Mr Gra­ham said Fire­ply was also easy to ma­chine and ready to build with upon de­liv­ery; no other fire treat­ing re­quired.

“This prod­uct also has a high qual­ity ply­wood edge de­tail should this be de­sir­able for project aes­thet­ics.

“It can also be an al­ter­na­tive for use un­der ve­neer in place of non-FR ply­wood due to its ad­di­tional safety ben­e­fits,” he said.

This prod­uct has been tested by Ex­ova War­ring­ton­fire in ac­cor­dance with AS/NZS3837-1998 and cer­ti­fied as a Fire Hazard Group Num­ber 1 wall and ceil­ing lining.

Boat in­te­rior with Fire­ply ceil­ing.

Fire­ply.

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