Continuous Insulation and Combustibles in Exterior Walls: Code Requirements for Fire Life Safety

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Noon – 1:30pm
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1.5 CES/HSW LU’s

For non-combustible buildings, the Building Code severely limits plastic foam and combustibles in exterior wall design. This creates issues with wall designs meant to improve energy efficiency using continuous exterior insulation, or façade aesthetics with composite metal panels or other combustible veneers. These limits are significantly expanded in the current code (2013 CBC), including requiring testing on combustible weather barriers used in standard construction. The presentation explains Chapters 14 and 26 and NFPA 285 testing. Additionally, Mr. Markman will highlight changes in the 2013 California Building Code.

Speaker Bio:
David Markman is a Professional Engineer at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Inc. David has worked on a diverse array of projects including investigations of code-deficient passive fire protection systems, code analysis, investigations of defective walls and roofs, and design.

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand code limits for combustible materials within non-combustible exterior walls.
2. Learn about required testing for non-listed assemblies.
3. Highlight the changes in the 2013 CBC that expand the requirements for exterior wall testing.
4. Highlight future exceptions in the next code cycle.

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