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Significance and Use
Reflective insulation, radiant barrier and vinyl stretch ceiling materials are evaluated in accordance with Test Method E84 to comply with building or mechanical code requirements. This practice describes, in detail, a specimen mounting procedure for reflective insulation, radiant barrier and vinyl stretch ceiling materials.
The material shall be representative of the materials used in actual field installations.
Specimen preparation and mounting procedures for materials not described in this practice shall be added as the information becomes available.
The limitations for this procedure are those associated with Test Method E84.
This practice shall not apply to rigid foam plastics with or without reflective facers.
This practice shall not apply to site-fabricated stretch systems covered by Practice E2573.
1.1 This practice describes a procedure for specimen preparation and mounting when testing reflective insulation, radiant barrier and vinyl stretch ceiling materials to assess flame spread and smoke development as surface burning characteristics using Test Method E84.
1.2 This practice is for reflective insulation materials and radiant barrier materials intended for mechanical fastening to substrates or building structural members, or intended to be mounted to a substrate with an adhesive.
1.3 Specimens of reflective insulation materials and radiant barrier materials intended for mechanical fastening shall be prepared and mounted in accordance with 6.1. Specimens of reflective insulation materials and radiant barrier materials intended to be mounted to a substrate with an adhesive shall be prepared and mounted in accordance with 6.2. If the reflective insulation material or sheet radiant barrier material includes manufacturer recommended installation instructions with the option to be installed either by mechanical attachment or adhered, the insulation material shall be tested by both mounting procedures as outlined in 6.1 and 6.2.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
C168 Terminology Relating to Thermal Insulation
C1224 Specification for Reflective Insulation for Building Applications
C1313 Specification for Sheet Radiant Barriers for Building Construction Applications
E84 Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials
E176 Terminology of Fire Standards
E2231 Practice for Specimen Preparation and Mounting of Pipe and Duct Insulation Materials to Assess Surface Burning Characteristics
E2573 Practice for Specimen Preparation and Mounting of Site-Fabricated Stretch Systems to Assess Surface Burning Characteristics
ICS Number Code 13.220.50 (Fire-resistance of building materials and elements)
UNSPSC Code 46151505(Barriers)