Combustibility of insulation in cavity walls

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Journal titleJournal of Fire Sciences
Pages179188; # of pages: 10
Subjectcombustibility; cavity walls; insulating (activity); expanded plastics; fire safety; foamed plastic insulation; fire performance considerations; Cellular plastics (plastic foam); Walls; Combustion; combustibilite; mur creux; isolation (operation); plastique dilate; securite incendie
AbstractIncreasing amounts of insulation are used in buildings to conserve energy. In buildings of noncombustible construction, insulation is usually placed in the wall cavity with or without an air space. The use of foamed plastic insulation has been restricted due to its combustibility characteristics when tested by methods adopted for regulatory purposes. A series of tests on foamed plastics and conventional insulation materials show that these methods do not realistically assess the fire performance of foamed plastic insulation when used in cavity walls.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number23925
NPARC number20386183
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