SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1970

A Building Official's View Concerning Fire Test Standards


The use of ASTM standards by building officials and others who are not familiar with the details involved in the evolution of the standards nor the tests presents problems. On the other hand, the preparation and development of standards without recognizing the requirements of modern construction is unrealistic. An outline of certain of these areas of inadequacy is presented and suggestions made to improve the communication problem between standard making organizations and the user regarding fire test standards.

I hope my remarks might emphasize those made by several other authors.

Some of my comments may be a rehash of things said by others; however, I believe it is essential that ASTM Committee E-5 on Fire Tests of Materials and Construction recognize its obligation not only to ASTM but also to the public that relies upon the ASTM standards for safety.

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Goldberg, A
Bureau of Building Inspection, Department of Public Works, San Francisco, Calif.
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Developed by Committee: E05
Pages: 98–105
DOI: 10.1520/STP44714S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-6038-5
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-6192-4