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What the Codes Say (Fire Performance and Code Compliance Tools)

In the building and construction industry, plastics 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 for the safe use of materials and systems in the construction and use of buildings. They are considered “living documents” that are updated and changed on a regular basis.

Building codes help safeguard life and protect the public welfare by regulating design, construction practices, construction material quality (including fire performance), location, occupancy and maintenance of buildings and structures.

When regulating materials, the model building codes reference consensus standards for products or tests developed by standards development organizations such as ASTM International and the National Fire Protection Association.