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Preventing Fires During Construction

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By SES Foam  Fires during construction and remodel are all too common and costly, but the good news is most are preventable. Between 2010-2014, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 485,700 structure fires each year, resulting in estimated annual averages of 2,716 civilian deaths, 14,651 civilian injuries, and $9.7 billion in direct property damage. Of these structure ...

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Firestop Systems: How They Can Compliment Spray Foam Businesses

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By Juan Sagarbarria In recent years, there has been an increased growth for firestop systems in the construction sector due mainly to increases in fire inspections. If installed properly, these materials can effectively obstruct the passage of fire, smoke, or toxic gasses from one-side of a fire-rated assembly to another by shoring up gaps created by penetrations. That is why ...

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Above and Beyond Building Code Requirements

Above and Beyond Building Code Requirements

By Juan Sagarbarria Since occupant safety is an inherent component of good stewardship in the construction industry, building codes continuously grow more and more stringent as time moves forward. It is imperative that building product manufacturers comply with building codes if they intend to have their product utilized in the field. In the case of fire-protective intumescent coatings that are ...

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Exceeding Current Fire Testing Standards

IFTI passes multiple CAN/ULC 9705 room corner burn tests over SPF, qualifying DC315 as equivalent to generic and prescriptive barriers over SPF. Recently, ULC published the CAN/ULC-9705 (Full-scale Room Test for Surface Products), which is a Canadian adoption of the first edition of the ISO 9705 test. This standard specifies a test method that simulates a fire that, under well-ventilated ...

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Certifying Excellence, Fostering Compliance

Certifying Excellence, Fostering Compliance

By RYAN SPENCER If you apply spray foam insulation, particularly in commercial applications, a day may come when you get a phone call, and the person on the other end will be a code official or fire marshal. Chances are, they’ll be looking for details about a project you did months or years ago–are you confident you’ll be prepared to ...

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Flame Fighters: Thermal Barriers, Ignition Barriers, and their Relationship with Spray Foam Insulation

Undoubtedly, the most important coatings used in the spray polyurethane foam industry are the ones thatprotect building occupants. Previously, in the March/April 2013 Issue, we went behind the scenes to show how thermal and ignition barriers are tested. Now, we make the transition from controlled testing to real world usage. Link to Article: Flame Fighters: Thermal Barriers, Ignition Barriers, and ...

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Through the Fire: An Overview of the Rigorous Testing Procedures for Fire-Retardant Coatings

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When it comes to fire testing, the benchmark for a thermal barrier, as it pertains to spray foam insulation, is half-inch gypsum wallboard. In fact, gypsum board, or drywall, is the prescriptive thermal barrier defined by the International Building Code (IBC) and International Residential Code (IRC). Materials not defined in the IBC or IRC can meet non-prescriptive thermal barrier standards ...

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Best of Both Worlds: SucraSeal Open-cell Foam Saves Time and Resources

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The spray polyurethane foam market is saturated with myriad types of foams, often being only slightly different from one another. SES Foam poses the question: are these foams truly differentiated in any significant ways? In a de facto answer, the company has positioned itself as an inustrystandout with the introduction of SucraSeal, a sucrose-based (sugar-based) open-cell foam insulation. While there ...

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Fine Foam: Failed Fiberglass Opens the Door for Spray Foam at the Cleveland Museum of Art

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2005 marked the beginning of Ohio’s largest cultural project in history when the Cleveland Museum of Art entered an 8-year expansion and renovation project. The architects of this $350 million project had no intention of utilizing spray foam until they discovered saturated, ineffective fiberglass in portions of the existing walls. Designed by award-winning, Manhattan-based Rafael Vinoly Architects, the project involves ...

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