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Dricon® FRT wood works automatically when exposed to fire. No sprinklers or activation is necessary. The Dricon chemicals react with combustible gases and tars normally generated by untreated wood, and convert them to carbon char and harmless carbon dioxide and water.
By using Dricon fire retardant treated wood, you get wood that impedes the spread of flames and generates less smoke (the #1 cause of deaths in fires) than normal wood. With FRT wood components, structural damage is slowed and escape time increased. Plus, Dricon FRT wood offers protection against termites and fungal decay.
Dricon FRT wood is frequently used is multi-family dwellings, schools, hospitals, office buildings, theaters, shopping centers, and wherever building codes require an extra measure of protection for occupants.
|As shown in the accompanying diagram to the right, homeowners and architects may select Dricon FRT wood for all framing members or just for critical components. In what is known as a 'complete application,' architects use Dricon FRT wood for trusses, roof sheathing, interior framing, sub-flooring, sill plates, nailers, etc. In a 'partial application' Dricon FRT wood is used for stairway systems, chimney wraps, door and window casings, etc.
In some areas, the use of fire resistant materials in
residential construction is now required by ICC's
International Urban-Wildland Interface Code. Elsewhere, some architects and builders incorporate the product into their homes and promote its use as a point of differentiation. Meanwhile, more and more homeowners are electing to use FRT wood as a matter of practicality and increased safety. After all, according to HOME & fire magazine, upwards of 12,000 communities in the U.S. are officially at risk from severe wildfire.