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Lunchtime Learning: Designing for Fire Safety

When considering the building enclosure, fire safety is an important design factor and needs to be considered hand-in-hand 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 of 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.

Sponsored by: ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC


At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the importance of fire and safety design considerations as it relates to the building enclosure;

  • Discuss the history, scope and testing procedure outlined in the NFPA 285 test standard;

  • Understand the requirements of NFPA 285 compliant assemblies and the implications of building materials selection; and

  • Identify passive design solutions to achieve compliance and resources available with compliant designs.