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March 16, 2005
Blazeguard Product Video Comparison Demonstrates 25 Minute Burn Scenario Against Competitive Product
Blazeguard Shows No Significant Damage, While Conventional Wood Product is Destroyed
WATKINS, Minn. & VANCOUVER, B.C - March 16, 2005
Blazeguard(R) Demonstrates Substantial Fire Resistance in High Risk
International Barrier Technology Inc. ("Barrier") (OTCBB: IBTGF; TSX VENTURE: IBH), a manufacturer of proprietary fire resistant building materials, is pleased to release a video which demonstrates the fire resistant effectiveness of the Blazeguard® product. The compelling video shows that strikethrough to untreated roof and wall sheathing, Blazeguard® exhibits superior fire resistant capabilities.
The video demonstrates how two structures, one built with standard oriented-strand board (OSB) and the other with Blazeguard® show two entirely different burn scenarios. After both buildings were set on fire, the building constructed with Blazeguard® remained intact (no ignition), while the building constructed of untreated OSB was completely destroyed.
"The staging of the video burn was intended to simulate how external fuel sources, such as burning embers blowing onto a roof deck or burning brush on an external or internal wall, could potentially ignite a home, much like wildfires", reports Dr. Michael Huddy, International Barrier Technology, Inc. President. "Even small sources of fuel can start a house on fire. If the wall or roof sheathing is not protected with a material like Blazeguard®, even a small amount of burning material may eventually destroy an entire house."
Barrier anticipates utilizing the video to help homeowners, homebuilders and insurance companies understand how important fire rated construction is and to let them know that materials, like Blazeguard®, exist to help them design and build structures which are considerably safer from fire destruction and damage.
International Barrier's award winning Blazeguard® product is experiencing rapid sales growth in both the multi-family residential and commercial modular markets. A $2.7 million capital improvement project, which will include a new 15,000 sq. foot manufacturing building and a new manufacturing production equipment line, will enable Barrier to double current manufacturing capacity and meet increasing demand.
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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
Barrier is part of the DJ Building Materials Index (US)
INTERNATIONAL BARRIER TECHNOLOGY INC.
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David J. Corcoran
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Forward-Looking Information: The statements in this news release contain forward-looking information within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve certain risks, assumptions and uncertainties, including but not limited to the ability to generate and secure product sales. In each case actual results may differ materially from such forward-looking statements. The company does not undertake to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes make it clear that any projected results (expressed or modified) will not be realized.
International Barrier Technology Inc.
Richard Angle, 866-735-3519
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Peter Kletas, 866-948-0848
Source: International Barrier Technology Inc.
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