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Fire Resilience
Building fires today develop 5-10 times faster than 50 years ago due primarily to our increased use of plastics and other synthetic materials. Fire-resilient stone wool insulation can slow the spread of fire, which can make the difference between a fire in a building and a building on fire.

Fire Resilience

improving fire resilience

People have a right to expect that their homes, workplaces, schools, and hospitals are safe.  Building fires do happen and when they do, the safety of building occupants and first-responders depends overwhelmingly on how the building performs during the fire.

Our insulation is a key component in fire-resilient buildings as its stone wool fibres are inherently non-combustible and can resist temperatures up to 1,000º C.  This is crucial to containing a fire locally and securing that a fire in a building will not become a building on fire.  And with minimal organic content, ROCKWOOL insulation will not produce any significant toxic smoke. 

As a minimum, every medium- and high-rise building should only be clad and insulated with non-combustible* materials that do not emit any significant toxic smoke when exposed to fire.

What Happens In a Fire

All fires require three elements: a source of ignition, combustible materials, and oxygen. A fire will continue to burn until actively extinguished or until the combustibles or oxygen is exhausted.
All fires require three elements: a source of ignition, combustible materials, and oxygen. A fire will continue to burn until actively extinguished or until the combustibles or oxygen is exhausted.
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Smoke Kills More People Than Fire

Toxic smoke inhalation causes more fire-related deaths than do the fires themselves. All combustible materials produce some amount of toxic smoke when they burn. How much toxic smoke will be emitted depends on the material, the amount of oxygen available and how long it burns.
Toxic smoke inhalation causes more fire-related deaths than do the fires themselves. All combustible materials produce some amount of toxic smoke when they burn. How much toxic smoke will be emitted depends on the material, the amount of oxygen available and how long it burns.
Learn more about how smoke kills

Non-combustible building facades

Every medium- and high-rise building should only be clad and insulated with non-combustible* materials.
Every medium- and high-rise building should only be clad and insulated with non-combustible* materials.
Learn more about non-combustible building facades

Containing a fire once it begins

Fire compartments and non-combustible façade systems are crucial for containing a building fire once it’s begun.
Fire compartments and non-combustible façade systems are crucial for containing a building fire once it’s begun.
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