Fire Safety Compliance is Not a Choice
The main purpose of building codes are to protect the public health, safety and welfare as they relate to the construction and occupancy of buildings and structures. Building codes place limits on flammable of materials used within a structure. Building and fire codes vary by locality, i.e. state, city, or municipalities, occupancy loads, type of construction, and specific use and fall under the individual State’s Life Safety Code.
Fire Codes are directed at preventing fires and/or slowing the progression of fire allowing occupants time to escape. Fire codes complement the building codes.
Building Code Requirement / Fire Code Requirement
The authority having jurisdiction is responsible for enforcing building and fire codes. In all jurisdictions, fire codes require independent laboratory tests for each combustible material and it’s specific use. For instance in regard to fire retardant wood the ASTM E84, UL 723 (Steiner Tunnel) test procedure conducted on 2" x 6“ southern yellow pine (SYP) lumber is specific to that species of lumber only, whereas the flame spread rating would be different for another species such as douglas fir, spruce, etc. Fire codes require each species to be tested separately. Similarly, even if a test conducted on SYP lumber achieves a flame spread rating of less than 25, it does not mean it will achieve the same on different substrates such as SYP plywood, a separate fire test is required. In addition, specific use such as roof deck construction assemblies should to be tested under the UL1256 .
Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials referenced as UL 723 (now called ANSI/UL 723), ASTM E84, NPPA 255, and the UBC 42-1 are based on the same testing procedure (these four standards are equivalent) UL denotes Underwriter’s Laboratories, ASTM denotes The American Society for Testing and Materials, NFPA denotes National Fire Protection Agency and UBC denotes the Universal Building Code.
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CLASS A, TYPE 1
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Complies with ASTM E84 and NFPA 701
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