In recent years, the National Construction Code (NCC) has focused on implementing a stricter regime for fire safety in Australian building design. As a result, some restrictions were placed on the use of some timber materials for wall and ceiling applications, specifically timber veneer panels and plywood. Some architects, designers and specifiers are taking a cautious approach and over-specifying to ensure compliance with fire performance requirements, but this — and a lack of understanding of fire ratings in general — can lead to less choices, higher costs and compromises in aesthetics and performance.

Understanding Fire Ratings for Walls and Ceiling Linings: Specifying Natural Timber Panels for Beauty, Performance and Compliance provides guidance on specifying fire-rated solutions for wall and ceiling linings that meet all the aesthetic and performance requirements of modern interiors. We outline the NCC requirements for the fire hazard properties (Group Number) of wall and ceiling linings. We then look at the design considerations when choosing the right product for wall and ceiling applications, including the practical, performance and aesthetic differences between Group 1, Group 2 and Group 3 materials. Finally, we present an innovative range of pre-finished, ready-to-install plywood panels, combining advanced fire resistance, aesthetics and acoustics for decorative walls and ceilings.

Australia's leading manufacturer of timber veneer, Matilda Veneer is renowned for sourcing and manufacturing natural, unique and beautiful veneers for architectural specification from Australia

and around the world. Matilda Veneer also proudly manufactures and distributes a range of high quality, architectural plywood products headlined by Fireply X®, Matilda Fireply® and Hoop Pine and Birch plywood featuring high quality edge detail as standard.

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