The Effective Use of Fire Ratings

by Merle E. Brander, Brander Construction Technology, Inc, Green Bay, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Engineering in Natural Hazards Mitigation


Any consideration of components for construction must take into account the performance of those components when they are exposed to fire. Codes, standards, and fire ratings provide some guidelines regarding such things as flame spread, smoke generation, and fire resistance, that the designer or specifier can use to evaluate components, but there are characteristics of materials that fire codes, standards, and ratings may not address, and those may be the factors that determine whether a fire is an inconvenient incident or a catastrophe.

Subject Headings: Fires | Ratings | Fire resistance | Material properties | Smoke | Construction materials | Materials characterization | Load and resistance factor design

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