Meeting NZBC requirements for interior linings in high-risk commercial interiors can be a tricky and costly exercise when using timber finishes. These interior fire regulations have changed the ways in which timber is used as linings and ceilings in most types of buildings in New Zealand. The effect of the changes has been to reduce the number of locations where exposed wood surfaces can be used in new buildings.
Innowood offers a cost-effective solution to this issue while maintaining design integrity. Innowood is a sustainable wood composite cladding made predominantly of natural wood waste that is 100% recyclable at end of life. Innowood ceiling systems are an ideal alternative to natural timber — providing a lightweight, durable option that not only meets fire and acoustic requirements but also delivers a distinct architectural look.
Innowood has been increasingly used as an alternative to real timber due to the ability to build in various levels of fire performance. Over the past few years, The Building Agency have supplied a number of projects to meet the Material Group Numbers 1-S or 2-S.
The inclusion of the fire retardant in the extrusion process means there is minimal change to the finished look of the wood. Not only that but as it is not a surface coating, it cannot delaminate in the future.
As Innowood is up to 70% real wood it will provide the natural beauty and variation of timber.