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Proposed New Standard to Protect Decks from Fire

January/February 2008
Update

Committee E05 on Fire Standards

Proposed New Standard to Protect Decks from Fire

Fire Test

A proposed new standard currently being developed by ASTM International Committee E05 on Fire Standards will establish a test protocol for assessing fire performance of decks and other horizontal exterior structures where combustibles beneath the structure can ignite. The proposed standard, WK17025, Test Method for Evaluating the Under-Deck Fire Test Response of Deck Structures, is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee E05.14 on External Fire Exposures.

“As the occurrence of wildland-urban interface fires appears to be on the rise, it is clear that improved fire performance of structures is needed in these locations,” says Robert Tichy, senior research engineer, Wood Materials and Engineering Laboratory, Washington State University.

Tichy also notes that, as new exterior construction materials emerge in the marketplace, they will need to be evaluated to assure conformance with building code requirements. The proposed standard will be used by product proponents and their testing laboratories.

CONTACT

Technical Information: Robert Tichy, Wood Materials and Engineering Laboratory, Washington State University, Pullman, Wash.

Phone: 253/529-0900

ASTM Staff: Thomas O’Toole

Phone: 610/832- 9739