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Polyurethane Products: Overview of U.S. Model Building Code Fire Performance Requirements 

Model and local building codes used in the United States provide guidance and requirements for the safe use of materials and systems used in buildings. Since the 1970s, foam plastic thermal insulation, including polyurethane and polyisocyanurate, has become an important element in the building envelope and is specifically regulated by the current building codes. This document gives an overview of building code fire performance provisions that control how foam plastic insulation is used and how it must be protected in use. While information is provided on tests mandated by the building codes to measure the fire performance of foam plastic insulation used in buildings, keep in mind that there are other considerations addressed by building codes such as physical properties of products.

American Chemistry Council

The American Chemistry Council’s mission is to advocate for the people, policy, and products of chemistry that make the United States the global leader in innovation and manufacturing. To achieve this, we: Champion science-based policy solutions across all levels of government; Drive continuous performance improvement to protect employees and communities through Responsible Care®; Foster the development of sustainability practices throughout ACC member companies; and Communicate authentically with communities about challenges and solutions for a safer, healthier and more sustainable way of life. Our vision is a world made better by chemistry, where people live happier, healthier, and more prosperous lives, safely and sustainably—for generations to come.

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