Codes and Standards
In the building and construction industry, plastics materials are regulated through fire codes, and state and local governments. Model building codes are adopted (sometimes modified) and used throughout the U.S. to provide guidance and minimum requirements to support the safe use of materials and systems in the construction and use of buildings. They are updated and changed on a regular basis to keep relevant with the latest available technology and building practices.
Building codes help safeguard life and protect the public welfare by regulating design, construction practices, construction material performance (including fire performance), location, occupancy and maintenance of buildings and structures.
When regulating materials and building assemblies, the model building codes reference consensus-based standards. These referenced standards are developed by organizations such as ASTM International and the National Fire Protection Association.