Abodo's Vulcan Cladding has achieved another breakthrough - passing California's strict fire regulations for Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) zones.
The effects for global warming have amplified the risk of wild fires around the world. California is one area where wild fire risk is immense - with a dry climate and vast areas of flammable flora.
Construction in California has it's own set of requirements, designed to mitigate this risk. When used in the WUI combustible siding or cladding materials need to be tested to meet the state mandated tests.
Combustible siding must meet the requirements of the State Fire Marshall (SFM) - each product approval and listing is based upon an evaluation of test results that include an analysis of required product performance and reliability features.
All manufacturers that want to list sidings in California must have those products tested to SFM 12 -7A - 1
Abodo's own Vulcan Cladding was recently tested at Intertek to SFM 12 -7A - 1.
In this test, designed to mimic a wildfire, full size 4' x 8' panels
are prepared and exposed to a flame of 150 Kw for ten minutes,
Thereafter the panels are left for 60 mins to observe further flaming.
This process is repeated three times, in order accumulate an accurate
A pass is achieved if:
A test for siding in both a horizontal and vertical orientation is required to be sure of performance.
Abodo's Vulcan passed for both orientations, and will soon be listed with The Office of the State Fire Marshal in California.
We applaud the winners of this year’s Timber Design Awards, many of which made use of Abodo timbers.
To help save time and money for builders, alongside reducing timber wastage, a range of selected set lengths are now available to order.
Alison brings a wealth of experience to Abodo with over 30 years spanning architecture, building, and joinery.