Architectural Fiberglass, Inc. | 8300 Bessemer Ave. Cleveland, OH 44127-1839
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Fire Retardant FRP and the FRP Fire Code

Architectural Fiberglass, Inc. manufactures all of our Fiberglass Reinforced Polymer (FRP) composite products with Class 1 fire retardant resins that meet a flame spread rating of 25 or less and smoke density under 450 as characterized by the ASTM E-84 Tunnel Test at typical 1/8" glass mat laminate.

Architectural Fiberglass, Inc. has undergone third party testing from nationally recognized independent testing and code recognition authorities. The testing enables Architectural Fiberglass, Inc. to carry third party labels indicating compliance with fire retardancy and stringent manufacturing requirements.

Current International Building Codes (IBC) allows expanded uses of fire retardant FRP composites for building construction. Third party labeling and correct uses of FRP allow the material to be installed in areas that were prohibited by older versions of the code.

The current Section 2612 of the code falls within Chapter 26, entitled "Plastics". The code spells out specific tests that must be passed for multi-story use, radiant heat, flame spread and smoke development. Prior to 2009, FRP products were not recognized in the IBC, falling into the general category of Plastics which limited the use of FRP on building facades. Past limitations included the use of FRP only at heights below 40 feet. The current code addresses that fire retardant fiberglass can be used in all areas of construction when used in accordance to the code requirements.

All resin used in our facility is delivered fire retardant without the need to supplement with antimony trioxide or other additives that aid in fire retardancy. Some manufacturers have claimed fire retardancy by mixing additives to their resins, but often they cut costs by using less expensive raw materials and mediocre manufacturing procedures. Testing and third party labeling will limit these practices by ensuring a product is provided that meets fire retardant specifications.

The addition to the 2009 code and subsequent revisions validate FRP as a legitimate material of construction by setting the bar for all manufacturers to follow. For additional information on the current International Building Code check our IBC page or contact Architectural Fiberglass, Inc.

The above information is intended to be accurate in regards to the subject matter involved. All information contained hereon is general information that should be evaluated by the local authorities to determine their applicability or suitability for your particular use. Purchaser is responsible for complying with all applicable federal, state, or local laws and regulations covering use of the product. Information is provided without warranty of any kind, and any and all warranties, either express or implied, are disclaimed.

IBC Building Code
Changes 2009/2012
Fire Retardancy
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