Nordtreat launches a maintenance-service model for fire-protected wood products. As a part of the launch, Nordtreat will publish the life-cycle assessment for flame retardant NT DECO. The new service model will improve the overall fire safety in buildings, and the life cycle data will enhance the transparency of the costs and the environmental impacts of fire safety solutions.
Fire-protected wood products used in buildings should be regularly maintained, just like other fire safety systems such as fire extinguishing and warning systems. Regular maintenance in accordance with the manufacturers' instructions will assure that a building’s fire safety meets the regulatory requirements throughout its lifecycle.
“Fire safety in buildings cannot be compromised, as it is about preserving life. As a pioneer of bio-based fire protection of wood, we are aware of our responsibility, and the need to be transparent about how to reliably ensure the long-term durability of fire protection. Maintenance of flame retardancy should be taken seriously, and our new service-concept aims to make the process more transparent and convenient for building owners.”
Aki Borgentorp, CEO of Nordtreat
NORDTREAT’S SERVICE CONCEPT ENSURES THE NEEDED SAFETY LEVEL OF WOOD PRODUCTS
Until now, the definition of long-term durability of wood products’ fire protection has been based on self-declarations of flame retardant manufacturers. However, the actual durability and maintainability of fire protection depend not only on the used flame retardant itself but also on the treatment method, weather and other environmental factors, to which the fire-protected wood product is exposed throughout the building’s life cycle.
Nordtreat will launch a 10-year and a 30-year maintenance service model for wood fire protection in 2023. The maintenance of the fire-protected wood products used in the buildings will be offered through an international network of authorised partners, trained by Nordtreat.
A predefined maintenance interval for fire-protected wood products and regular maintenance, to ensure the reaction to fire performance is maintained, are important parts of the overall fire safety of a building. Nordtreat’s service allows the building’s owner to ensure the fire safety maintenance of fire-protected wood products throughout the building’s life cycle. The maintenance service model also improves the predictability of fire-protected wood products' life-cycle costs.
LIFE-CYCLE MODEL FOR WOOD FIRE PROTECTION SHOWS THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF TREATMENT
Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a standardised method for assessing the environmental impact of a product, service or process. Nordtreat has chosen LCA calculations for their bio-based NT DECO flame retardant, which achieves the Euroclass B-s1, d0 reaction to fire performance. The LCA calculations for NT DECO will be presented at the Wood Day -event, organised by Puuinfo in Helsinki on the 3rd of November 2022.