“When you feel you’re reaching the limits of what’s possible, you shouldn’t just blindly accept those limits” – this is one of the fundamental beliefs of Steven Paulussen, developer of Forestlines®. The idea behind this innovative cladding and roofing system arose from an encounter with the extreme limits of feasibility: it seemed practically impossible to attain fire reaction class B with untreated wood, according to European criteria for reaction and resistance to fire.
“It’s possible to treat the wood to make it more fire-resistant, but each of those methods has its disadvantages. Fire resistance treatments do not provide a conclusive solution to the fire resistance classification criteria” says Paulussen. “With impregnating the wood, there will be common problems like leaching of the product and a negative impact on both people and the environment. Forestlines® is innovative because it’s a combination of untreated wood and an intelligent aluminum profile, which reduces the surface area susceptible to fire.”
The aluminum profiles can be used with many species and different sizes to allow for endless different design options. Because of the combination of untreated wood as a renewable resource and mostly recyclable aluminum, Forestlines® is a sustainable solution for fire-resistant wooden facade cladding. Forestlines® is also the very first to ensure that untreated wood can reach fire reaction class B in end use.
Another prized feature of Forestlines® is that it enables the use of lesser known timber species for wooden facade claddings. The use of lesser known timber species is important for sustainable forest management and to give value to the tropical forests around the world. Of course with FSC® certificate; the certificate for sustainable forest management.