CE Marking for construction timber
From January 1, 2012, Azobé can be supplied with a CE marking according to NEN 5493 or the British Standard (BS) standard. Applying a CE marking to construction timber is mandatory in most cases. The CE mark aims to remove trade restrictions within the European Union. With the CE marking, Boogaerdt Hout declares that the product meets the requirements of the relevant reference documents and may be traded freely within the European economic area.
Fire Properties and Wooden Floor Surfaces
The Building Decree sets requirements for the fire properties of building materials to limit the chance of the occurrence and rapid development of fire, so that people have sufficient time to escape. Different fire requirements apply to products with and without CE marking. Products with CE must comply with a Eurofire class according to NEN-EN 13501-1. Products without CE must comply with the Dutch fire class according to NEN 1775 or a Euro fire class.
A basic requirement of fire class Dfl applies to walkable surfaces. There should be no rapid fire development for escape routes. Therefore, materials must meet the stricter requirements of Eurofire class Cfl.
The fire class of a wooden floor surface depends on various aspects such as density, thickness and finish. Wood types with a specific weight above 790 kg/m³, including Azobé, probably meet fire class Cfl. Research has shown that Azobé with a thickness of 45 mm can meet fire class B-s1.