Achieving fire compliance with SUPAWOOD

SUPAWOOD is a leading design-focused manufacturer of architectural lining systems that meet all requirements for Fire Groups 1, 2 and 3 for any interior area within any class of building. 

Despite recent changes to the Australia Building Code or National Construction Code (NCC), SUPAWOOD Fire Retardant (FR) panels continue to meet all requirements for Group 1, 2 and 3 Fire Rating - with product flexibility to meet rating requirements. This is despite more stringent BCA fire-hazard regulations continually being introduced.

The National Construction Code (NCC) expects AS 5637.1 as the benchmark used for the assessment of internal surface linings that are exposed to fire, thus determining the group number for fire rating per product tested.

Our fire rated architectural lining panels are deemed among the least combustible timber products on the market today. This means they are ideal for all critical areas, such as fire-isolated exits, lift car interiors, public corridors, and lobbies providing fire egress.

If you are seeking fire-retardant acoustic panels or any other decorative fire-rated wall panels or ceiling panels, SUPAWOOD designs, manufactures and customises a massive range of products that are suitable for all project-specific design requirements and compliance demands. 

To maintain this standard of superiority, we are continually striving to improve and we have completed a large amount of product retesting to guarantee our products comply with the new NCC2019 and NCC2022 fire testing requirements.

We provide fully fire-compliant solutions and have developed a range of content on our website to help you better understand the current fire regulations for your project and how we can help you achieve the required compliance.


Follow the blog links to discover more information and details on each specific topic.

Fire rating, fire retardant or fire resistance. What is the difference?

Learn the difference between the spread of flames across linings within a room, the containing of a fire within a building, and versions of panel substrates offered by Supawood. Read more >>>

What Fire Group Number Do I Need?

Learn how to tell what Fire Group number you need in any application within a project. Read more >>>

Which Lining Products Are Compliant?

Not all lining products are compliant according to the NCC/ BCA.  Learn how to tell which is compliant and which isn’t.  Also learn how to ensure compliance when non-combustibility is required. Read more >>>

What is considered a non-combustible wall?

The BCA definition of a non-combustible wall is not clear when it comes to interior linings and attachments of an external wall.  Read our suggested advice for navigating this topic. Read more >>>

How do I achieve Fire Group 1?

Fire Group 1 is the hardest Fire Group number to achieve for internal linings.  Learn how to achieve this for typical projects like schools. Read more >>>

Can I use fire intumescent paints?

You might have heard that fire intumescent paints can be used to achieve a desired fire group number on solid timber or plywood.  However, there are problems with this which you are best to know about. Read more >>>