February 2018 Chapter Meeting – NFPA 285 Panel Discussion

Grenfell Tower fire, London: 2017

The February Chapter meeting embodied all that the CSI Houston Chapter has to offer in quality programs and education as witnessed by the over 40 attendees! Held at a new venue, Harold’s restaurant in the Heights, the panel discussion focused on the evermore importance and requirements of NFPA 285 (Standard Fire Test Method for Evaluation of Fire Propagation Characteristics of Exterior Non-Load-Bearing Wall Assemblies Containing Combustible Components). The four expert panelists Matt Stevens, CSI (Rmax), Jonathan Ram, CDT (Rockwool), Terry L. Viness, P.E. (Sto Corp.) and Brian Carey, CSI, CDT (Carlisle Coatings & Waterproofing) presented with great authority the origins, test methods, compliance paths and what NFPA 285 is and is not and what materials trigger the requirements for NFPA 285 compliant assemblies.

One of the main learning points addressed the need for the A/E to pay special attention to potential material/component substitutions and assembly modifications which may occur especially during the buy-out and/or construction administration phase of a project! While conducting a new assembly test which is very expensive and time intensive to prove compliance may be an option, in many cases, engineering judgements are available by licensed fire protection engineers.

Lastly, CSI Houston would like to thank the bar sponsor Bautex Systems for their support!

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NFPA 285 Panel Discussion PowerPoint Presentation

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