What advice is being given by the Building Research Establishment (BRE)?
A. BRE has been very active over the years in managing fire test programmes and giving advice to insurers about the fire performance of composite panels. An article by BRE was recently published in the December 2002 edition of Fire Prevention & Fire Engineers Journal. The article gives an excellent summary of historical insurer losses and gives advice on dealing with new build and existing buildings. Copies of this article are available from the publisher (FPA), the BRE and Kingspan Fire Engineering Services Department. Q. Your competitors have shown me a video of polyurethane in what appears to be a small room test. Flames were coming out of the door within seconds. A. The rapid fire development is called flashover. We are aware of certain videos and demonstrations purporting to show the performance of polyurethane panels. We have even come across paper faced polyurethane boards being used to show polyurethane in a bad light. This type of false representation is unacceptable and shoul