New Panels from BASF Allow Architects to Specify Wood Doors and Frames As Part of Fire-Rated Assemblies

The fire protection panels achieve new fire door and frame listings by Quality Auditing Institutepalusol-fire-testing

BASF’s Palusol® SW sandwich panels now meet fire door listings requirements issued by the Quality Auditing Institute, Ltd. (QAI), an independent, third-party testing and inspection organization. The QAI listings, which include Palusol SW door cores, edge-sealing systems and hardware, confirm 20 to 90 minute fire resistance for wooden fire door slabs and frames. The panels provide architects and manufacturers with the option to use wooden doors and frames that meet fire resistance requirements in commercial and residential building construction.

Recent listings offer wider variety of fire doors

Palusol SW fire protection panels are filed under the F411 Fire Door Listing program by QAI. The listings include single doors with wider and higher stile and rails, as well as door pairs with a maximum size of eight foot by nine foot. Additionally, the QAI successfully tested a new timber frame design, and new hardware and a fully ceramic door glazing system.

“Over the past 50 years, Palusol has proved itself as a reliable provider of fire protection panels developed to effectively keep customers safe,” says Andreas Bolz, Business Manager Palusol at BASF. “QAI’s research is a proof point of the quality product that Palusol offers to commercial and residential builders.”

Benefits of Palusol SW fire protection panels include:

  • Up-to 90 minute fire resistance for wooden single doors, pairs and frames
  • Combination of fire and smoke protection with insulation against heat
  • Low response temperature at 212°F (100°C) and short response time to heat
  • Thin door construction at 1-3/4 inch
  • Many aesthetic designs possible by varying the visible surface
  • Fittings and fixtures remain effective and functional after extended use
  • Glazing surface range from 83 square inches up to 2,656 square inches including a proprietary clip system which simplifies the insertion of glazing
  • New hardware components were tested and specified to complete the product range

Palusol SW fire protection panels, combined with free licensing of certified and listed fire door assemblies by BASF, offer a wider variety of design freedom while simultaneously complying with fire regulations.

Photo: Palusol SW door assembly during fire testing.

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