Case Study

ThermaLeaf® Fire Retardant Foliage

Case Study

ThermaLeaf® is a proprietary formulation and manufacturing process whereby the fire retardants are impregnated directly into the raw materials of the foliage resulting in an inherently fire retardant (IFR) product.

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Situation

In very simple terms, artificial foliage poses a fire risk as the primary materials used in the construction of artificial foliage is fabric and plastic.

Did You Know: According to the National Fire Protection Association most fire deaths are not caused by burns, but by smoke inhalation. Burning plastic generates a lot of smoke.

Because artificial foliage presents a fire risk, building fire codes require artificial foliage to be compliant with fire test standards that govern the use of materials used in buildings.

So now the question becomes how is artificial foliage made flame retardant to comply with building fire codes?


Initiatives

The first step towards developing a solution for the manufacturing of a fire compliant artificial foliage is to consider the possible flame retarding processes that could be implemented. It quickly becomes apparent there are two potential processes to explore. The first is an “in production” process whereby the fire retardant is incorporated into the finished good and the second is a “post production” process whereby the fire retardant is applied in an aftermarket treatment.

Now that the available processes are established, the next step is to explore the fire test methods in greater detail to understand the specific performance requirements. Once this is known, the final step is to develop and test the two processes and measure the results.

The success of this manufacturing process is so superior to any other process that ThermaLeaf is the only trademarked artificial foliage available.

 

Results

After nearly 3 decades of advancements in the manufacturing of artificial foliage, ThermaLeaf provides an “in-production” process whereby the fire retardant attributes are inherent in the artificial foliage. The success of this manufacturing process is so superior to any other process that ThermaLeaf is the only trademarked artificial foliage available.

We invite you to explore in greater detail ThermaLeaf including a comparison, fire tests, state fire codes, specifications, dangers and FAQ.