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Partition wall testing


Verify the safety and performance of your partition walls through independent testing from BRE.


About partition walls

Partitions are a crucial component of a building’s design and build. Modern partitions must be capable of withstanding various dynamic and static loadings. If they’re not, it can impact the integrity and stability of the overall system leading to failure.

Parts 1 and 2 of the BS 5234:1992 standard provide designers with a means to identify a suitable partition based on the range of use, through essential performance criteria relating to strength and robustness. This performance must be verified through independent tests. Part 2 of BS 5234:1992 provides the testing requirements for partition strength and robustness.

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Partition wall testing from BRE

Partition wall testing from BRE

BRE offers a wide range of testing facilities for partition manufacturers, panel manufacturers and modular system providers. Testing allows you to understand the suitability of the system for its intended use.

Because BRE is independent, you can trust the feedback provided, and our “one-stop” testing service will save you time and money.

BRE can also support manufacturers that are looking to validate the sound insulation performance of partition systems or fire compartmentation requirements, with dedicated testing facilities.

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What we test

In order to establish the duty of the partition system, we test:

  • Resistance to damage from a small hard body impact and large soft body impact

  • Damage from door slamming

  • Stiffness

In addition to the required tests, we can also undertake the optional tests for:

  • Crowd pressure

  • Lightweight and heavyweight anchorage tests.

How we can help

We can support you with the following:

  • Strength and robustness testing in accordance with Part 2 of the BS 5234:1992 standard

  • New partitions systems, those in development or constructions already in-use

  • Acoustic testing of related products

  • Commercial research and development

  • Technical and fully referenced reports

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Case study: Specwall introduced to the UK market following BRE testing

By commissioning BRE to test their system, Specwall have been able to successfully determine product performance and use this information to bring the benefits of the system to the UK market.

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The construction industry needs to pivot to more environmentally-friendly materials urgently, and products like Specwall which are reusable, recyclable and fireproof, offer a way to do that, with plenty of other benefits on top.
– Martin Pickering, Project Director, Specwall