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NFPA 268

2017 Edition, January 1, 2017

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Standard Test Method for Determining Ignitibility of Exterior Wall Assemblies Using a Radiant Heat Energy Source



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  • Revision: 2017 Edition, January 1, 2017
  • Published Date: January 2017
  • Status: Active, Most Current
  • Document Language: English
  • Published By: National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
  • Page Count: 25
  • ANSI Approved: Yes
  • DoD Adopted: No

Description / Abstract:

This fire test response standard describes a method for determining the propensity of ignition of exterior wall assemblies from exposure to 12.5 kW/m2 (1.10 Btu/ft2-sec) radiant heat in the presence of a pilot ignition source.

This test method evaluates the propensity of ignition of an exterior wall assembly where subjected to a minimum radiant heat flux of 12.5 kW/m2 (1.10 Btu/ft2-sec). This method determines whether ignition of an exterior wall assembly occurs when the wall is exposed to a specified radiant heat flux, in the presence of a pilot ignition source, during a 20-minute period.

This test method utilizes a gas-fired radiant panel to apply a radiant heat flux of 12.5 kW/m2 (1.10 Btu/ft2-sec) to a representative sample of an exterior wall assembly while the test specimen is exposed simultaneously to a pilot ignition source. 

This test method applies to exterior wall assemblies having planar, or nearly planar, external surfaces. 

This method shall not be used to evaluate the fire resistance of wall assemblies, nor shall it be used to evaluate the effect of fires originating within the building or within the exterior wall assemblies. 

This method shall not be used to evaluate surface flame spread, nor shall it be used to evaluate the influence of openings for their propensity of ignition.

Purpose. This test shall be used for code and other regulatory purposes, for specification and design purposes, and for research and development activities. (Additional information can be found in Section B.1.)