Code Development & Analysis

Working Group on Flammability Standards for Building Insulation Materials

Legislation was passed in 2013 that added Section 13108.1 to the Health and Safety Code (AB 127, Skinner Fire safety: fire retardants: building insulation), that requires the State Fire Marshal, in consultation with the Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings, and Thermal Insulation, to review the flammability standards for building insulation materials, including whether the flammability standards for some insulation materials can only be met with the addition of chemical flame retardants. The State Fire Marshal has convened a working group to assist in the review and provide recommendations regarding the flammability standards for building insulation materials.

Report:

Final Report

Working Group Draft Report Archives

Meeting Agendas:

January 29, 2014

February 25, 2014

March 20, 2014

April 17, 2014

May 29, 2014

June 26, 2014

July 24, 2014

September 4, 2014

November 20, 2014

December 18, 2014

Meeting Notes:

January 29, 2014

February 25,2014

March 20, 2014

April 17, 2014

May 29, 2014

June 26, 2014

July 24, 2014

September 4, 2014

November 20, 2014

December 18, 2014

Documents:

Behaviour of EPS in case of fire

Alternatives to the use of flame retarded EPS in buildings - 2011 Report

Safer Insulation Solution Code Change Resolution Rebuttal

Flame retardants in building insulation: a case for re-evaluating building codes

Material Flammability, combustion, toxicity and fire hazard in transportation

Mortality and cancer incidence in a pooled cohort of US firefighters from San Francisco, Chicago and Philadelphia (1950–2009)

Registry-Based Case–Control Study of Cancer in California Firefighters 2007

Determination of bromophenols as dioxin precursors in combustion gases of fire retarded extruded polystyren 2005

Formation of PBDD/F from flame-retarded plastic materials under thermal stress 2003

Excerpts IARC Monographs Volume 98 on the Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks to Humans 2010

Cancer Risk Among Firefighters: A Review and Meta-analysis of 32 Studies 2006

Persistent organic pollutants including polychlorinated and polybrominated dibenzo- p-dioxins and dibenzofurans in firefighters from Northern California 2013

Relevance of BFRs and thermal conditions on the formation pathways of brominated and brominated–chlorinated dibenzodioxins and dibenzofurans 2013

Transport and Decay of Combustion Products in Fires 2008

Flame Retardants and Heat Release: Review of Data on Individual Polymers 2014

Flame Retardants and Heat Release: Review of Traditional Studies on Products and On Groups of Polymers 2014

Heat Release from Plastic Materials 1992

Safety, Health and Environmental Aspects of Flame Retardant 2013

Fire Safety, Smoke Toxicity and Acidity 2006

NIST Technical Note 1284 – The Role of Bench-Scale Test Data in Assessing Real-Scale Fire Toxicity 1991

Additional References Ab127 Literature Review

SP Sweden Reports

ULC Standards Bulletin Reaffirmation of Can/Ulc-S774-09 Standard Laboratory Guide for the Determination of Volatile Organic Compound Emissions from Polyurethane Foam

Fire Gas Toxicity and Pollutants In Fires The Role Of Flame Retardants

Report on Questions and Answers on Issues Raised During CA AB127 Working Group

References:

AB127 Bill 2013 1005 Chaptered

Assembly Journal Letter AB127

Presentations:

History Foam Plastic Codes

CA Bldg Code Insullation Fire Test

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