Peutz has its own Laboratory for Fire Safety. Our laboratory has been accredited by the Dutch Accreditation Council RvA for determining the fire resistance of walls, doors and ceilings, according to NEN 6069 or harmonized European standards.
Research on fire resistance
The fire resistance is a means to measure how long a construction can withstand a fire. For determining the fire resistance the test specimen, incorporated in a standard test frame, is placed in front of 4 m wide and 3 m high furnace. Inside the furnace the temperature is controlled by gas burners according to a standardized heating curve, which leads to a temperature of more than 800 °C after 30 minutes and almost 1000 °C after one hour. During the test the specimen is monitored visually and electronically in order to determine failure of performance criteria such as temperature, radiation and integrity.
The accreditation according to NEN-EN-ISO/IEC 17025 quarantees producers and suppliers of fire resistant constructions that the results of an 'accredited' fire resistance test, performed in the Peutz Laboratory of Fire Safety are not arbitrary and can be used in member states of the European Union.