ASTM WK21343

    New Test Method for Evaluating the Ability of Exterior Vents to Resist the Entry of Embers and Flames Resulting from Wildfire

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    WK21343

    1. Scope

    Provide a standard procedure to evaluate the ability of an attic or crawlspace vent to resist the entry of burning embers and flame through the vent opening.

    Damage assesment surveys of structures after wildfires have shown that ember entry through vents have resulted in the ignition, and subsequent loss, of buildings. A new chapter in the California Building Code requires that eave vents resist the entry of embers and flame. Vents are currently being designed to resist these exposures. To date, no procedure is available to evaluate performance. Potential users of this standard would be commercial test laboratories and vent manufacturers.


    Keywords

    eave vent; soffit vent; gable end vent; foundation vent

    The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.

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    Work Item Status

    Date Initiated:
    09-18-2008

    Technical Contact:
    Stephen Quarles

    Item:
    018

    Ballot:
    E05 (13-02)

    Status:
    Withdrawn From Balloting

    Item:
    003

    Ballot:
    E05 (12-02)

    Status:
    Withdrawn From Balloting

    Item:
    003

    Ballot:
    E05 (14-02)

    Status:
    Ballot Item Approved as E2886-2014 and Pending Publication