Smouldering Behaviour of Loose-Fill Cellulose Insulation

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Journal titleBuilding Practice Note, Institute for Research in Construction, National Research Council Canada
Subjectthermal insulating materials; cellulose based products; combustibility; energy conservation; Combustion
AbstractRecent concerted efforts to conserve energy have resulted in increasing use of loose-fill cellulose insulation which is particularly attractive because it has excellent thermal properties for its intended use, is relatively inexpensive, easily manufactured, simple to install, lends itself to retrofit applications and uses recycled material. It is combustible, however, and can undergo both flaming combustion and smouldering combustion when involved in fire. In spite of efforts by industry to reduce fire risk by incorporation of fire retardant chemicals, the flammable nature of the material is giving concern to consumers and the fire safety community. The need for a standard test for smouldering resistance is discussed.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number1606
NPARC number20327067
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Record created2012-07-18
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