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Materials Certification and Safety

What is the NFPA 701 Test?

In USA fabrics used in most public spaces (including schools, churches, auditoriums, theatres, and more.) is required by law in many states and cities to be certified as flame retardant, according to standards developed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). NFPA has various standards depending on how the fabric will be used. In the case of draperies, curtains, and similar hanging textiles, the standard that applies is NFPA 701: Standard Methods of Fire Tests for Flame Propagation of Textiles and Films. This test measures the flammability of a fabric when it is exposed to specific sources of ignition.

NFPA 701 (Small Scale) testing measures the ignition resistance of a fabric after it is exposed to a flame for 12 seconds. The flame, char length, and flaming residue are recorded.

The fabric will pass the test if all samples meet the following criteria:

  • An after flame of less than 2.0 seconds
  • A char length of less than 6.5”
  • The specimen does not continue to flame after reaching the floor of the test chamber

Fabric certified as flame retardant is certified to have been tested and passed the NFPA 701 test.

 Link to: Small and Large Scale NFPA 701 Test Report for our Cover Fabric 850g/sq.m

 

 

What is the CAN/ULC-S109 Test?

The CAN/ULC-S109 Flame-Resistant Fabrics and Films test is the Canadian standard for measuring burning characteristics of fabrics and films that are flame-resistant either inherently or with the addition of a chemical treatment. Results obtained from this test are used by code officials in the acceptance of textiles and films for various applications including tents, awnings, draperies, and decorations.

The scope of testing involves subjecting a vertically oriented test specimen to flame. A specimen can be tested by either a small-flame test or large-flame test. The small-flame test applies to single sheets of fabrics or films, while the large-flame test applies fabrics or films in folds. In both test types, the test specimens are evaluated for damage and rated based on maximum char length for ten specimens, and the amount of time that residue or portions of the material continue to burn after breaking from the test specimen.

 Link to: Small and Large Scale CAN/ULC-S109 Test Report for our Cover Fabric 850g/sq.m

 

What is the DIN 4102 Test?

German DIN 4102-1, Fire behavior of building materials and elements Section 1: Classification of building materials Requirements, is widely accepted flammability standard in Europe and Africa. 

Under certain conditions, when a building material is exposed to fire, its behavior against fire by breaking down determines the reaction of that material to fire at the same time. The fireproof class is determined according to the reaction of the building material to fire.

This standard defines fire behavior classes for building materials and specifies requirements and test methods for each class.

 

Building material class

Ration

Class A

A1

Fireproof materials

A2

class B

B1

Not easily flammable

B2

flammable

B3

Easily flammable

 

 Link to: DIN 4102 Class B1 Test Report for our Cover Fabric 850g/sq.m

 

California State Fire Marshal Registration Certificate F-35101

This product meets the minimum requirements of flame resistance established by the California State Fire Marshal for product identified in Section 13115, California Health and Safety Code.

The scope of the approved use of this product is provided in the current edition of the CALIFORNIA APPROVED LIST OF FLAME RETARDANT CHEMICALS AND FABRICS, GENERAL AND LIMITED APPLICATIONS CONCERNS published by the California State Fire Marshal.

Link to: Cal Fire Certificate F-35101 for our Cover Fabric 850g/sq.m

 

European Safety of Toys - EN 71-2:2011+A1:2014 - Clear PVC Film 

This European Standard specifies the categories of flammable materials which are prohibited in all toys, and requirements concerning flammability of certain toys when they are subjected to a small source of ignition.
The test methods described in Clause 5 are used for the purposes of determining the flammability of toys under the particular test conditions specified. The test results thus obtained cannot be considered as providing an overall indication of the potential fire hazard of toys or materials when subjected to other sources of ignition.

Link to EN 71-2:2011+A1:2014 Test Report for clear PVC Material used for Panoramic/Skylight Windows

 

RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU and amendment Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2015/863 - Clear PVC Film

RoHS stands for Restriction of Hazardous Substances, and impacts the entire electronics industry and many electrical products as well. The original RoHS, also known as Directive 2002/95/EC, originated in the European Union in 2002 and restricts the use of six hazardous materials found in electrical and electronic products. All applicable products in the EU market since July 1, 2006 must pass RoHS compliance.

The clear PVC film we use is tested and checked for presence of the restricted substances harmful to men.

Link to RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU and amendment Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2015/863 Test Report.

 

Thermo-Shield® Roof Coats ENERGY STAR certificate and Rating

 

The Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC), an ISO/IEC 17065 accredited EPA Certification Body, has reviewed the test results data provided by an EPA-certified testing laboratory and has determined that this roofing product meets the qualification criteria of ENERGY STAR’s Program Requirements Product Specification for Roof Products.

Link to: ENERGY STAR Rating and Product Certification for our Thermo-Shield® Roof Coats