NFPA 286: Standard Methods of Fire Tests for Evaluating Contribution of Wall and Ceiling Interior Fi

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2015 NFPA 286
Prior Years Prior Editions of NFPA 286

Apply the 2015 NFPA 286 to accurately assess the fire growth impact of all types of wall and ceiling interior finishes.

Used primarily by testing laboratories, NFPA 286: Standard Methods of Fire Tests for Evaluating Contribution of Wall and Ceiling Interior Finish to Room Fire Growth provides a method of determining the flammability characteristics of exterior, non-load bearing wall assemblies and panels which are required to be of non-combustible construction but may contain combustible components.

NFPA 286 addresses all wall coverings, including textile wall coverings.

Measurements in the fire test room document the extent of fire growth, rate of heat release, total heat released, time to flashover, time to flame extension, total heat flux incident to the floor, upper level gas temperature, smoke obscuration, production of carbon monoxide, and emissions of other combustion gases.

Changes in this edition of NFPA 286 include:

  • New language clarifying that wall panel systems intended to be used both horizontally and vertically should be tested in both directions
  • A new section addressing laminated products

Update to the latest edition of NFPA 286 to thoroughly evaluate and assess the full range of wall and ceiling interior finish materials. (Softbound, 23 pp., 2015)

NFPA® 286 Standard Methods of Fire Tests for Evaluating Contribution of Wall and Ceiling Interior Finish to Room Fire Growth 2015 Edition

Chapter 1 Administration
1.1 Scope
1.2 Purpose
1.3 Application
Chapter 2 Referenced Publications
2.1 General
2.2 NFPA Publications (Reserved)
2.3 Other Publications
2.4 References for Extracts in Mandatory Sections
Chapter 3 Definitions
3.1 General
3.2 NFPA Official Definitions
3.3 General Definitions
Chapter 4 Test Equipment
4.1 Ignition Source
4.2 Geometry and Construction of the Fire Test Room
Chapter 5 Specimen Mounting
5.1 Specimen Mounting
5.2 Materials Using Substrates
5.3 Backing Materials
5.4 Acoustical Materials and Other Board Materials
5.5 Batt- or Blanket-Type Insulating and Other Flexible Materials
5.6 Building Units
5.7 Site-Fabricated Stretch Systems
5.8 Wall or Ceiling Covering Materials
5.9 Laminated Products with Wood Substrates
5.10 Ceiling Lining Materials
5.11 Specimen Installation
5.12 Conditioning
Chapter 6 Environmental Conditions
6.1 Fire Test Room Environment
Chapter 7 Instrumentation
7.1 Fire Test Room Instrumentation
7.2 Canopy Hood and Exhaust Duct
7.3 Instrumentation in Exhaust Duct
Chapter 8 Calibration
8.1 Calibration and Documentation of Ignition Source and Test Equipment
8.2 Calibration Procedure
8.3 Smoke Measurement Calibration
8.4 Gas Analyzers Calibration
Chapter 9 Test Procedure
9.1 Procedure
Chapter 10 Calculation Methods
10.1 Mass Flow Rate
10.2 Smoke Measurement Equations
10.3 Release Rate of Combustion Gases
10.4 Symbols
Chapter 11 Report
11.1 Report
11.2 Report of Significant Events
11.3 Report of Single Point Key Properties
11.4 Discussion of Performance
Annex A Explanatory Material
Annex B Method of Determining Suitability of Oxygen Analyzers for Making Heat Release Measurements
Annex C Acceptance Criteria
Annex D Informational References