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The traditional definition of noncombustible has given way to a performance oriented approach. Comparing the various model code treatments, it is apparent that they are leading this trend. The motivation stems from the development of new products such as plastics and composites as well as the ability to significantly change the combustible characteristics of older products such as wood. Potential heat tests appear to be a realistic method of separating materials with respect to levels of combustibility.
flammability, burning rate, fire tests, building codes, fire resistant coatings, construction materials, building boards
Managing director, International Conference of Building Officials, Whittier, Calif