Collaboration with University of Ferrara
WPC is the acronym of Wood Plastic Composite, in English it is also called composite wood. Many people imagine that the product is the simple union between wood and polymer.. this is not possible because the chemical bond between the two would not be stable: Novowood composite wood has 14 additives inside it, in addition to the two macro elements that are polyethilene (HDPE) and the Wood Flour. Everything is premixed with proper passages and finally hot extruded.
The quality of the raw materials and the additives used directly determine the performance and durability of the final product. For this reason in Novowood nothing is left to chance. The company owns 4 extrusion lines and it has an evolved laboratory that allows ti constantly evolve the product.
Study and research
Novowood composite wood is the result of research and scientific experimentation in collaboration with the Faculty of Materials Engineering of the University of Ferrara, for the creation of a composite material particularly suitable for outdoor environments and designed to withstand even the marine climate.
The formula of the compound is innovative and of exclusive property.
In Novowood, therefore, we are not satisfied with remarkable goals, but we are on constant search for always better results.
Fire Retardant formulation
Your fire protection project: our solution
Safety and design come together as one
Novowood understands the importance of fire protection design for large or high occupancy projects. This is why we have developed the new ‘Fire Retardant’ formulation; a blend that can provide high fire reaction performance even when used on façades, and combines the typical aesthetics of the product with high safety standards. This is an important result for Novowood and a great opportunity for designers.
The ‘Fire Retardant’ formulation in fact, has a B–s1,d0 reaction to fire classification for use on walls according to UNI EN 13501-1:2019.
The key role of Novowood ‘Fire Retardant’
The European regulation, which is the current reference standard, assigns materials a reaction to fire classification of from A to F, with the combustion level fire increasing with each level. Class A includes non-combustible materials, such as cement. These are immediately followed by class B products, such as Novowood ‘Fire Retardant’, which are defined as ‘non-flammable combustible materials’, meaning that their contribution to combustion is minimal and significantly less than that of all other products in classes C to F.
In addition to the letter indicating the reaction to fire classification, the standard also classifies materials according to their tendency to produce smoke: s1 indicates that the amount of smoke and the speed at which it is emitted during combustion are minimal, guaranteeing a level of safety in the event of a fire inside buildings.
The additional suffix d0 indicates the absence of flaming droplets / particles. In fact, the Novowood ‘Fire Retardant’ formula does not drip when burning: the material does not melt during or after exposure to a heat source.
The European Classification B-s1,d0 rating of Novowood’s ‘Fire Retardant’ is comparable to the Italian Class 1 for wall cladding as indicated in the Ministerial Decree of 15 March 2005. In order to make it easier to compare the results of the tests carried out in accordance with the European and Italian standards, the Ministerial Decree of 15 March 2005 includes a table showing the relationships between the various classes. Italian classes from 1 to 5, defined by the Ministerial Decree of 26 June 1984 for flammable materials, where class 1 is the least flammable and class 5 is the most flammable, can be compared with European classes A - F via a complex mechanism that not only takes into account the contribution to combustion of the material, but also, as mentioned above, the level of production of smoke and flaming droplets and/or particles.
Novowood ‘Fire Retardant’ is the first WPC in the world to be assigned class B-S1,d0 and therefore a reaction to fire class 1 for wall cladding.
Novowood ‘Fire Retardant’ is available on request, as an alternative to the standard Novowood formulation, for all products of the SKINTM line for façade cladding and on INFINITYTM sunscreen products.
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