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Designing for Fire Safety (CE)
June 29

Offered in partnership with ECS Mid-Atlantic


When considering the building enclosure, fire safety is an important design factor and needs to be considered hand-inhand with energy code requirements. The NFPA 285 “Standard Fire Test Method for Evaluation of Fire Propagation Characteristics of Exterior Non-Load-Bearing Wall Assemblies Containing Combustible Components” is a common consideration with modern building assemblies that use combustible materials. This presentation will review the history and scope of the NFPA 285 test standard, and its adoption within the International Building Code (IBC). It will outline the criteria for compliance, as well as identify triggers and contributors under the standard. The presentation will review how the selection building components such as insulation, air/water resistive barriers and claddings, can affect the fire performance of an assembly and identify solutions and common paths for compliance.

Melissa McGarry, ECS Mid-Atlantic