Designers, specifiers, and code officials are unfamiliar with the best ways to locate information regarding National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 285 test data and tested assemblies. This article provides guidance on how and where to find compliant tested assemblies and the extension of test data through engineering analyses. Read the Construction Specifier here or download the article below.
This article will provide a high-level explanation of the Common Principles and examine how they are reflected in requirements of the International Building Code® (IBC) as they relate to the building envelope.
Modern buildings and construction practices reflect the culmination of society’s learning about the built environment and construction materials. New and existing buildings have also been challenged to help fight climate change – everything from improved energy efficiency to electrification to reduction and reuse of materials. Plastic building materials and their various uses have provided innovative solutions to many construction challenges and will continue to do so in the years to come.
The new requirements change how walls are designed, installed, tested, and inspected.
3 New Compliance Methods for Code Enforcement of Exterior Wall Assemblies
This guide provides a high-level summary of information from various resources that address fire safety practices that can be employed when working around combustible materials.
Understanding the ICC Model Building Code Development Process
Facts About Flame Retardants & Foam Plastic Insulation
In a Building Fire, Every Second Counts
North American Modern Building Alliance recently published an article in Interface, the technical journal of the International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants. The article discusses fire testing of wall assemblies and extension of this test data for building code compliance.
NFPA 285 Engineering Judgments: A Practical Compliance Option
Detailed information about fire safety in high-rise buildings.
Understand the advantages of using Foam Plastic Insulation Sheathing Continuous Insulation.