August 5, 2003
International Barrier Successfully Completes Additional Building Material Fire Tests
Fire Resistant Building Materials Company Creates New Market Opportunity by Passing Class A Fire Test for Roof Deck Assemblies
Watkins, MN, Vancouver, BC, December 16, 2003 - International Barrier Technology Inc. ("Barrier") (IBTGF: OTCBB; IBH: TSXV) has successfully completed a series of fire tests that will enable it to have a Class A rated commercial roof deck assembly labeled and listed by Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL). Class A roof coverings are rated to be effective against severe fire test exposures. Roof coverings achieving this rating are not readily flammable and give a high degree of fire protection to the roof deck. This milestone allows Barrier to begin a market development process with select partners that will result in a new application for Blazeguard® fire resistant wood panels. The initial target market is roof deck assemblies in factory-built commercial mobile offices and modular buildings.
Barrier completed the Class A test requirements for ASTM E-108, Standard Test Methods for Fire Tests of Roof Coverings on July 21 and 22, 2003. The Class A fire test exposes the roof deck assembly to flame for a longer duration and at a higher temperature compared to the Class C test. Barrier announced passing the test for a Class C rated commercial roof deck assembly on June 19 th. The company anticipates the listing and labeling process to be completed within months.
Each classification creates a significant market opportunity for Blazeguard. By fulfilling the requirements for both Class A and Class C assemblies, Barrier is well positioned to address unmet needs in the commercial modular building marketplace.
"Blazeguard has once again shown superior performance under the most demanding conditions. This success will enable the company to penetrate new markets and build on the revenue growth we have experienced to date," stated Dr. Michael Huddy, President.
About International Barrier Technology Inc.
International Barrier Technology, Inc. develops, manufactures, and markets proprietary fire resistant building materials branded as Blazeguard®. The award-winning Blazeguard wood panel uses a patented, non-toxic, non-combustible coating with an extraordinary capability: it releases water when exposed to the heat of fire. The panels exceed International Building Code requirements in every targeted fire test and application, and are unique in combining properties that increase panel strength and minimize environmental and human impact. Blazeguard customers include Centex, D.R. Horton, KB Home, and Lennar. Lowe's Companies and Stock Building Supply are Blazeguard distributors.
International Barrier is part of the DJ Building Materials Index (US).
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