Fire Impact on Wood: The Next Five Years
Keywords:Fire performance, flamespread, toxicity, fire penetration, fire endurance, smoke density, rate of heat release, ease of ignition, interior finish, cabinets, trim, insulation, doors, windows, flooring, furniture, structural members, siding, roofing, sheathing, underlayment
AbstractA forecast of effects of fire regulations on ten wood product categories in the next five years is presented. With more federal regulations anticipated, fire properties of products sold in the marketplace will be affected. Each product is discussed with emphasis on significant fire performance categories. If tests demonstrate potential hazards such as flame-spread, ease of ignition, or toxicity of combustion products for any wood products, appro-propriate improvements must be made.
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