According to sections 8.7.b, c, and d of BR18 (Building Regulations 2018), it is possible through oriented fire tests to use alternative building materials without a test standard. Additionally, minor design changes to classified building materials are also allowed. However, this possibility is not utilized in practice because certified fire consultants, who are responsible for approving the use of such materials, lack knowledge about the testing process and how test results can be used in their documentation.
DBI aims to demonstrate that the use of oriented fire tests can increase the utilization of sustainable construction materials in buildings classified as fire class 3/4, and that approval of design changes for already classified building materials is also possible.
The project targets fire consultants working with fire class 3/4 buildings, providing them with a better understanding of the application and value of oriented fire tests. It aims to illustrate how tests are conducted, how consultants can use the results in their calculations, the assessment carried out by DBI's accredited fire laboratory, and how it can be presented to a project owner.
Furthermore, the project will create value for manufacturers of sustainable building materials that do not fit within the framework of pre-accepted solutions in the building regulations, as well as for classified sustainable building materials where deviations from the tested design occur in specific construction project.
The project is conducted in collaboration with leading market actors such as A.GAIN, Havnens Hænder, Tiny Varigheden, Lendager, MOE, NIRAS, SWECO, RAMBØLL, INGENIØRER'NE, OBH-GRUPPEN, Viborg Ingeniørerne, Brandgruppen, AB Clausen, Hundsbæk og Henriksen, AFRY, Brandfaglig, Schmidt Brandrådgivning ApS, FRI, and Konstruktørforeningen.
The project is funded through WE BUILD DENMARK with resources from the Danish Ministry of Education and Research (Uddannelses- og Forskningsstyrelsen).
The project runs from March 2022 to March 2023.