What is the NFPA 285?

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What is the NFPA 285?

  • Pass Fail Fire Performance System Test
  • Measures the performance of wall systems and their components when wrapped in combustible materials
  • Required by code(Chapter 14 and 26 IBC)

What Is NFPA 285?Hunter Xci offers two AIA Presentations
offering great detail on the NFPA 285 test:

  • HP105 - Continuous Insulation: Code Compliance and the NFPA 285 in Commercial Wall Assemblies
  • HP110 - Continuous Insulation and Beyond: Design solutions that offer energy efficiency, thermal value, fire performance and moisture control.

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Why is the NFPA 285 important?

  • Building occupant and fire safety issue
  • CI Codes are increasingly being adopted into state codes
  • Without proper documentation:
    • Project stops until documentation is provided
    • One or multiple materials maybe removed or changed
    • Building envelope redesign


What is NFPA 285? When is it Necessary?