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April 12, 2005
International Barrier Releases the First Series of Technical Bulletins That Substantiate the Superior Strength of Blazeguard as a Construction Material
WATKINS, Minn. & VANCOUVER, B.C., April 12, 2005 - International Barrier Technology Inc. ("Barrier") (OTCBB: IBTGF; TSXV: IBH), a manufacturer of proprietary fire resistant building materials, recently released two technical bulletins, detailing improvements in load strength and nail pullout resistance over traditional building materials.
The Blazeguard® brand of fire resistant deck panelling was tested according to APA Test Method S-2 for ability to withstand uniform loading by Progressive Engineering, Inc., of Goshen, IN, an ISO certified facility. The Blazeguard® FR Deck Panel C showed significant improvement in ultimate load strength over untreated substrate, a result which should be considered whenever design loads are a deciding factor in fire resistant panel selection.
The same deck panel (also known as Mule-Hide FR Deck Panel C) was also tested by Progressive Engineering for nail withdrawal resistance. These test results showed that in situations where nail pullout or wind lift resistance is a concern, Blazeguard® panelling was found to be over 50% more resistant than untreated 7/16" OSB substrate.
Blazeguard® has many properties which are superior to alternate fire rated material choices" said Michael Huddy, Ph.D., International Barrier's President. "The certification of these properties through a nationally recognized organization enables architects and building design specifiers to use these properties to their advantage, providing greater market opportunity and sales. Strength gain and nail pull, in particular, will help modular builders design and build roof decks for snow, wind and earthquake zones more efficiently."
The results of these two tests demonstrate that in addition to Blazeguard's® fire resistant capabilities, the panelling also exhibits inherent compositional strengths that exceed APA requirements and criteria. These strengths are proven to result in structural improvements over traditional untreated building materials.
About International Barrier Technology Inc.
International Barrier Technology, Inc. develops, manufactures, and markets proprietary fire resistant building materials. Its patented, non-combustible, non-toxic Pyrotite formulation has an extraordinary capability: it releases water when exposed to the heat of fire. Barrier's award-winning Blazeguard wood panels exceed International Building Code requirements in every targeted fire test and application, and uniquely combine properties that increase panel strength and minimize environmental and human impact. Blazeguard customers include D.R. Horton (DHI: NYSE), KB Home (KBH: NYSE), and Lennar (LEN: NYSE). Lowe's Companies (LOW: NYSE), Stock Building Supply, and Mule-Hide Products Co., Inc. are Blazeguard distributors. Pyrotite has potential applications with engineered wood products, paint, plastics, and expanded polystyrene
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INTERNATIONAL BARRIER TECHNOLOGY INC.
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