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 (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the multibillion-dollar business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products, technologies and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health, safety and security performance through Responsible Care®; common sense advocacy addressing major public policy issues; and health and environmental research and product testing. ACC members and chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development, and are advancing products, processes and technologies to address climate change, enhance air and water quality, and progress toward a more sustainable, circular economy.

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