Fire testing and real fire experience with EIFS in Canada

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TypeArticle
Journal titleASTM Special Technical Publication
Issue1187
Pages129139; # of pages: 11
SubjectInsulation finish systems; Performance of:
AbstractInvestigations of fire hazards associated with combustible claddings and with EIFS in particular are described. The investigations also included an evaluation of standard and modified-standard fire tests, and new test methods for flame spread over combustible exterior claddings. The full-scale tests showed that most of the EIFS tested would not sustain flame spread at a distance from the ignition source. The standard and modified-standard test results did not correlate well with the full-scale test results. A new test method (Vertical Channel Test) gave indications qualitatively similar to those obtained from the full-scale tests. In 1990, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, a fire occurred in a 75 unit, 8-storey apartment building clad with EIFS. The damage to the EIFS was substantial, however, in most areas it was as expected based on experience with full-scale testing.
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LanguageEnglish
AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number38821
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NPARC number20375196
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Record created2012-07-23
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