SFM: Would you say this disconnect is slowly fading? Are
companies being held accountable for not meeting safety codes?
DN: Currently, there is a great deal of confusion and there
is emerging concern about the liability implications of
applying products that do not meet the National Building
Code. The implications of applying products that fail
to meet the National Building Code are immense. It is
imperative that applicators and building officials carefully
review CCMC report 14036 to confirm their level of
liability. If they have any questions, they should call the
SFM: How does Flame Seal Products take ownership when it
comes to complying with codes? How do you go above and beyond
to make sure your product meets these codes?
DN: Before entering the Canadian market, extensive
research and development was conducted to meet the
strong Canadian Standards in the CAN/UL 124-06. In
effect, Flame Seal Products passed the CAN/UL standards.
We work closely with both our application partners and
building officials to maintain these standards through
training and best practices. We are very serious about fire
safety and believe in quality products and best practice
SFM: Tell us about your fire safety intumescent coating product.
How does it benefit the spray foam industry?
DN: Intumescent Coatings, which meet the National
Building Code standards, are a major breakthrough for
the spray foam industry. Intumescent coatings are easy to
apply with equipment requiring only a small investment.
The intumescent finish is bright white (standard color)
and is impact-resistant. The light-reflective qualities of
the coating make it a perfect fit for ceiling and parkades.
SFM: How can Flame Seal Products turn the focus where
it needs to be in terms of products being tested under industry
DN: Fire safety is very serious business. There is no place
for cutting corners when people’s lives are at stake. The
CAN/UL 124-06 standard is very important because it is
a definitive measurement of how well the thermal barrier
protects the foam in real fire conditions. As we all know, the
real risk in a fire is from the smoke and gasses released when
things burn. Flame Seal is committed to surpassing the
highest safety standards though research, development, and
testing with reputable labs like Underwriters.
SFM: What does the future hold for the Canadian coating and
spray foam industry in terms of fire safety?
DN: In general, with the exception of CCMC report
14036 we can expect that fire safety standards will continue
to be strengthened. The insulation industry in Canada is
moving quickly towards spray foam insulation because of
its superior performance to other products in the market.
To ensure that this growth continues it is imperative that
architects, building officials, contactors, and homeowners
have the confidence in safety of spray foam and the thermal
barriers that protect it. Flame Seal is committed to meeting
the National Building Code. We don’t look for loopholes
or trickery – we simply innovate and offer the finest
intumescent coatings available in the world.
CONTACT FLAME SEAL
Direct any questions about the Canadian SPF industry and
using intumescent coatings to Flame Seal Products Inc.:
The NBCC strictly regulates thermal barriers, stating
that thermal barriers must pass the CAN/ULC S124-06
or the CAN/ULC S101 in order to be approved for use.