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Testing of internal partition kits for use as non-loadbearing walls according to ETAG 003



ETAG 003 - Internal partition kits for use as non-loadbearing walls - Internal partitions

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Scope according to ETAG 003 (Chapter 2):

This Guideline relates to Internal Partition Kits (as defined in EC Guidance Paper C) for use as non-loadbearing walls:

  • with or without fire separating capabilities and/or acoustic insulation and/or thermal insulation
  • made of board or sheet materials supported by studs or other ancillary members; made of composite panels with or without supporting framework; made of fully or partially glazed constructions; made of homogeneous units; including fixings and accessories
  • designed and erected in accordance with the ETA holder's design rules and installation guide and composed of components factory-produced as part of the kit either by the ETA-holder himself or by other manufacturers delivering to the specification of the ETA-holder, who is responsible for the kit.

A kit, in the meaning of the CPD, is a special type of ‘product’. Therefore, in this document, the term “product” is taken to mean “kit”.


Use Categories, Product families, Kits:

The primary function of a partition is to

  • divide the interior of a building (a)

This includes the special cases where a partition

  • separates areas with different floor levels (b) or
  • is used as an independent lining for an external wall (c).

Requirements according to ETAG 003 (Chapter 4):

  • Mechanical resistance and stability
  • Safety in case of fire
  • Hygiene, health and the environment
  • Safety in use
  • Protection against noise
  • Energy economy and heat retention
  • Aspects of durability and serviceability



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