Barrier Technology

29 April 2009

Blazeguard on a Mission (to Change the Way We Build) - SIPA Annual Show, Chicago, April 2009

The Blazeguard Booth at the SIPA Annual Meeting

Barrier joined the Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA) last week in Chicago, participating as a Silver Level Sponsor of the SIPA Annual Meeting with it's theme, "We're On a Mission (to change the Way We Build)."

Barrier's National Sales Manager, Jim Dukart, answering a potential customer question at the show.

Barrier's mission within the SIP market is to become the preferred fire-retardant coating for panels used in SIP wall and roof construction worldwide. Blazeguard already has ICC approval (Section 4.2.d of our ICC ESR-1365) as a code-complaint 15-minute thermal barrier for use in inhabitable buildings using solid foam core insulation (Blazeguard has actually been tested to a 20-minute thermal barrier). Blazeguard is already in use in several residential as well as non-residential SIP construction projects across the country, ranging from lake cabins in northern Minnesota to prison buildings in Ohio to fishing boat storage facilities in Alaska.

Blazeguard is applied to traditional OSB (oriented strand board) SIP-skins and shipped to panel manufacturers for assembly into panels. Builders using Blazeguard-coated panels already have a fire-retardant barrier in place - there is no longer any need to add Type X gypsum wallboard as a fire barrier on the interior face of a SIP panel, saving builders the time and trouble of hoisting, blocking, placing and taping multiple layers of gypsum to walls and ceilings.

Barrier is also working on producing Class A and Class C rated SIP roof panels and on testing 1-hour-rated SIP firewalls. While traditional "stick-frame" wood construction has slumped dramatically in the past year, SIP construction has dipped only slightly. SIP construction, moreover, offers significant advantages over traditional stick-built structures, starting with improved energy efficiency, faster construction times and streamlined building design but also offering increased structural strength and better acoustics (filled wall cavities help to deaden sound transmission). Adding Blazeguard to a SIP panel only accentuates these SIP advantages, helping builders save time, reduce waste and create stronger, cleaner, "greener" buildings.

Stay tuned for more developments within this market as Barrier continues to join Structural Insulated Panel makers and builders in helping change the way we all build...

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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 BlazeguardĀ® structural wood panels exceed International Building Code requirements in every targeted fire test and application. BlazeguardĀ® is coated with Barrier's patented, non-toxic, non-combustible Pyrotite formulation, which releases water when exposed to the heat of fire.