ROCKWOOL® develops CPD in response to flat roof fire risk challenges

January 1, 1

CPD advises on improving fire performance in the fifth façade

ROCKWOOL has launched a new CPD (Continuing Professional Development) module to help roofing contractors and specifiers mitigate fire risk in flat roofs. The new module, available at, has been developed by the stone wool insulation manufacturer to enhance industry understanding following regulation changes and provide guidance on determining relevant non-combustible classifications in flat roofing systems.

Following the release of its whitepaper ‘Flat roofs: Managing fire risk in the fifth façade’, ROCKWOOL has developed a complementary CPD module that explores the major risks and causes of roof fires and how these can be alleviated using non-combustible insulation solutions.

“Understandably there’s been a lot of focus on the combustibility of insulation products within façade systems, but despite roofs often being responsible for the development of a fire, the role of insulation in this elevation has been side-lined,” explains Will Wigfield, Product Manager – Flat Roofs at ROCKWOOL. “When you also add that flat roofs are fast becoming a more prominent feature in building design often with multiple uses, it’s essential that we upskill roofing contractors and specifiers to make sure the correct, non-combustible insulation is being used.”

The ‘Fifth Façade’ CPD explores the role of the roof in the spread of fire and the potential risks when non-combustible roof insulation is not carefully considered, especially when flat roofs are complex and multi-purpose in their function. The learning module also advises on current standards including BS EN 13501-5 ‘BROOF (t4) and how to futureproof current designs to meet future policy, as well as give greater protection to buildings and their users now.

The final section of the CPD outlines ROCKWOOL’s range of fire-resistant stone wool insulation products that are compatible with a variety of modern flat roof systems. Learn more about managing fire risk in flat roofs, register to attend the ROCKWOOL CPD session at