Australian-based company EXFIRE has recently released FIRESHELL F1E, the first one-part exterior grade fire rated coating system for timber. The new technology allows builders and home owners to utilise traditional building materials in bushfire zones, simplifying construction and reducing costs.
FIRESHELL F1E complies with both the accelerated weathering and fire testing requirements of AS3959, the Australian Standard for building in a bushfire-prone area. The system has been developed and certified to re- classify softwoods and non-compliant hardwoods as compliant when bushfire- resistant timber is required. This applies up to and including Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) 29 requirements.
FIRESHELL F1E eliminates issues previously associated with external fire rated coatings. This is the next generation technology for increasing the fire resistance of external timbers. Its versatility and exterior capabilities have seen it used to achieve compliance on a variety of projects across Australia.