AERCON products are noncombustible. So in the case of fire, AERCON will help prevent the spread of the fire to other rooms. When exposed to a fire, no toxic gases or vapors are emitted from AERCON products.
AERCON systems such as interior and exterior walls, and floor and roof panels provide tremendous fire rated assemblies in all types of buildings. Single family and multifamily; townhouses; commercial, public and industrial buildings all benefit from the extraordinary fire ratings provided by AERCON products. A unique property of AERCON is that it contains water in crystalline form, which acts as a heat sink, absorbing heat and changing into steam. AERCON’s porous structure allows this steam to escape without causing surface spalling.
The following sections describe the numerous and diverse systems which can be used in fire rated applications to provide superb protection.
AERCON systems can be constructed using blocks, panels or a combination of products. Since these are solid elements with very simple connection details, the ease of construction helps to ensure a monolithic, highly fire resistant assembly.
For the specific details and requirements of each system that is available, please see the referenced document. (Access to the UL references is currently available through their web site at www.ul.com. From their home page, select “Certifications” and search by company name: “AERCON”.)
Due to their exceptional performance when exposed to fire, AERCON products are the ideal solution for a multitude of superstructures and interior spaces that require a fire rating. Whether it’s blocks or panels, AERCON can be used as fire separation walls between townhouses, condominiums, apartments and other multifamily dwellings. AERCON is also appropriate for hotels, motels, dormitories, assisted-living facilities, hospitals, prisons, jails, detention centers, schools, movie theatres, exit corridors, shaft walls, and stairwell walls.
Industrial uses include electrical rooms, mechanical rooms, computer rooms, communications equipment rooms, flammable materials storage, document storage, warehouses, laundry rooms, boiler rooms, maintenance shops, emergency generator rooms, pro-duct ion control rooms, sprinkler control rooms and incinerator rooms.
AERCON products can be used as the primary load resisting structural system in addition to being used as cladding to increase the fire rating of stud walls and to protect other materials such as structural steel.
Load bearing or non-load bearing; interior or exterior; singlestory or multi-story; if you have a fire hazard, AERCON can provide a system to contain it. Use AERCON to restrict a fire from spreading or to protect valuables from an external fire. When safety is an issue, AERCON takes the heat.
In multi-story construction, AERCON floor panels are a multi-functional element. In addition to serving as the structural floor system, AERCON floor panels also provide any fire protection that may be required. The integral fire rating of AERCON floor panels eliminates the need for any ancillary materials or coatings to achieve a fire resistant assembly. A basic 6 inch thick floor panel system has a 4 hour fire resistance rating per UL K909.
For an assembly to be considered “restrained” merely requires that a concrete ring beam, also referred to as a bond beam, be poured around the perimeter of the floor system, with the inclusion of reinforcing steel in the ring beam and in the grouted key joints. Since the concrete and grout pours are integral components of the structural system, once they are completed, so is the fire rated assembly. No additional materials; no additional labor. One system exceptional fire rating.
Just as AERCON floor panels provide superb fire resistance, so too do AERCON roof panels. Manufactured and installed just like floor panels, AERCON roof panels have a 4 hour fire resistance rating per UL P932. Whether the fire is above or below the roof, AERCON roof panels provide the peace of mind that your structure is fire resistant.
Whenever fire rated elements abut one another, a linear joint or gap is usually created. In order to maintain the integrity of the overall assembly, a fire rated system must be used to seal the joint or gap. There are four primary configurations of joints as illustrated.
The basic standard used to investigate products that are used in joint systems is ANSI/UL 2079, “Tests for Fire Resistance of Building Joint Systems”. The hourly ratings apply only to the complete systems. Individual components are designated for use in a specific system to achieve a specified rating. Each of the joint systems identified are classified as “dynamic”, that is, having movement capabilities
All joint systems are tested at their maximum joint width. The ratings for the joint systems installed in walls apply when either face of the wall is exposed to fire. The ratings for joint systems installed in a floor or roof apply when the underside or ceiling surface is exposed to fire.
Whenever a commodity such as piping or electrical wiring must pass through a fire rated element, a circular or rectangular joint or gap is usually created. In order to maintain the integrity of the overall assembly, a fire rated system must be used to seal the joint or gap. A firestop system is a specific configuration of items that consists of a wall or floor assembly, an item that penetrates that wall or floor assembly, and the materials designed to prevent the spread of fire through the opening that is created around the penetrating item. There are currently three through-penetration firestop systems that can be utilized with AERCON walls and floors. These are illustrated to show the various items associated with each system.
The basic standard used to investigate products that are used in through-penetration systems is ANSI/UL 1479, “Fire Tests of Through Penetration Firestops”. This standard defines the criteria for hourly F and T ratings for firestop systems. The F rating criteria prohibits flame passage through the system and requires acceptable hose stream test performance. The T rating criteria prohibits flame passage through the system and requires the maximum temperature rise (on the side which is not exposed to the fire during testing) to 325°F above the starting temperature and also requires acceptable hose stream test performance. The ratings for firestop systems installed in walls apply when either face of the wall is exposed to fire. The ratings for firestop systems installed in a floor or roof apply when the underside or ceiling surface is exposed to fire.