Barrier Technology

19 December 2008


Barrier management has identified Wildfire Zone applications of Blazeguard® Fire-Rated Sheathing as a key area of focus for 2009.

At the start of this year, the state of California adjusted its building codes to address the use of fire-retardant materials in Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) areas of the state. Nationally, the International Code Council convened a blue-ribbon panel to address WUI concerns. Against this backdrop, southern California experienced a rash of highly publicized and damaging wildfires in October and November.

In July, Blazeguard Fire-Rated Sheathing was added to the California State Fire Marshal's WUI Products list as an approved product for exterior wall siding and sheathing, for under-eave construction as an ignition-resistant material. Barrier is working with distribution partner Bear Forest Products to deliver product to California for use in wildfire zone construction.

Earlier this month, Barrier CEO, Michael Huddy, visited California to meet with Bear Forest, present Blazeguard to a committee of the American Institute of Architects' Inland Empire (Southern California) chapter and to meet with architects and builders who are currently specifying Blazeguard for use as exterior sheathing on two houses - one in the Monterrey area and another in Napa.

Barrier will promote these projects to architects, builders and designers throughout California. Dr. Huddy has also been asked to present on the use of building materials in WUI zones at a national fire-safe building conference in Chicago in April.

While the current national and state economy has kept much new building at a standstill, Blazeguard offers an all-in-one set of three core benefits that Wildland Urban Interface builders and designers will find hard to resist:

*Code-ready fire resistance
*Structural (seismic) strength

Stay tuned for exciting developments in Wildfire Zone applications of Blazeguard throughout 2009.Fire rated sheathing, fire rated osb, fire rated plywood, multi-family construction, small cap, otcbb, ibtgf, barrier, blazeguard, mycoguard, fire-rated paint, intumescent paint, mold resistant, mildew resistant, fire-retardant plywood, frt, sips, fire rated structurally insulated panels, fire rated wall assemblies, fire rated commercial modular roofing, fire rated modular home construction, green building products, LEED, electrical panel backer board, SIPs; wildfire protection, forest fire protection; non combustible exterior wall sheathing, ignition resistant exterior wall sheathing, ignition resistant eaves; non combustible eaves; ignition resistant soffets; non combustible soffets; ESR-1365; WUI approved/listed; California state fire marshal approved building materials


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Barrier develops, manufactures, and markets proprietary fire resistant building materials designed to help protect people and property from the destruction of fire. Barrier's award-winning Blazeguard® structural wood panels exceed International Building Code requirements in every targeted fire test and application. Blazeguard® is coated with Barrier's patented, non-toxic, non-combustible Pyrotite formulation, which releases water when exposed to the heat of fire.