Barrier Technology

09 November 2010

Recent Media Coverage - International Barrier Technology and Pyrotite® Technology

International Barrier Technology and our patented Pyrotite® Technology have been spotlighted in several media placements recently. Barrier develops, manufactures, and markets proprietary fire-resistant building materials branded as LP® FlameBlock® Fire-Rated OSB Sheathing and Mule-Hide FR Deck Panel.

September 20, 2010: Construction Today Magazine

Barrier CEO, Mike Huddy, contributes a byline article on fire retardant technology and the fight against wildfires. He notes that one of the prime considerations of US building codes is fire protection, and he surveys a set of fire-retardant materials historically used in construction, including FRT plywood. He describes how Pyrotite, in addition to its ability to release water in conditions of fire, is both landfill-safe and economical, since its application to structural wood sheathing represents a significant savings in both materials and installation costs.

September 27, 2010: contributing writer Alyssa Danigelis describes the Pyrotite system in a column about sustainable fire technology. In the wake of the destructive Fourmile Canyon wildfires in Colorado in September, she notes that the chemical composition of the slurry dropped on fires from the air "might not be able to hold the line," and notes that Pyrotite represents a viable, non-hazardous alternative due to its ability to release water when fire hits it. She notes that residents of Fourmile Canyone plan to rebuild, and that doing so in a more sustainable, fire-resistant way would be a wise strategy

October 6, 2010: Fire Chief Magazine

Writer Mary Rose Roberts profiles Barrier in a story on the problems with fire-retardant-treated plywood and the advantages of Pyrotite. Barrier CEO, Mike Huddy, is quoted on the process by which FRT plywood can lose structural integrity over time, and he notes that in contrast, the Pyrotite coating offers a barrier that comes between fire and the underlying wood panel. This layer has a molecular structure that contains a large volume of water, which is just below the combustion point of wood and slows the spread of a fire while actually enhancing structural integrity.

August 4, 2010: Enforcing Building Codes Provides a Solid Defense in Wildfire Zones

The feature story about building codes and fire-resistant materials reports that exterior walls are a concern when a building is being designed to resist fire, and to satisfy fire codes for the exterior walls of buildings, builders can choose a variety of materials. The story goes on to quote Barrier CEO, Mike Huddy, about the fact that Pyrotite-treated panels have a noncombustible, ignition-resistant surface that will provide burn-through resistance nearly triple that of untreated wood panels. In addition, the coating is environmentally friendly, impact-resistant and easy to handle and install. Stay tuned...Fire rated sheathing, fire rated osb, fire rated plywood, fire resistant sheathing, fire resistant osb, fire resistant plywood, multifamily construction, small cap, otcbb, ibtgf, barrier, Blazeguard, Mycoguard, fire rated paint, intumescent paint, class a flame spread, class a wall assembly, class c wall assembly, mold resistant, mildew resistant, fire retardant plywood, fire retardant osb, fire retardant sheathing, frt, sips, fire rated structurally insulated panels, thermal barrier, fire rated wall assemblies, fire rated commercial modular roofing, fire rated modular 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, wui listed, California state fire marshal approved building materials, specified building product, architectural specifications, builders specs, LP® FlameBlock®, Party Wall, Wall Assembly, Pyrotite®, sheathing, OSB


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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.