NFPA 259: Standard Test Method for Potential Heat of Building Materials

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Protect lives and property. Measure the potential heat of building materials with the up-to-date criteria in the 2013 edition of NFPA 259.

Essential for fire test labs, manufacturers, fire protection engineers, and fire researchers, the 2013 edition of NFPA 259: Standard Test Method of Potential Heat of Building Materials offers a test method that provides a means of determining -- under controlled laboratory conditions -- the potential heat of building materials subjected to a defined high-temperature exposure condition.

The method yields a property-type measurement of the amount of heat that can potentially be given off by building materials when exposed to a heat source.

Keep pace with changes in the 2013 edition, including:

  • Revised limitation on specimen thickness concerning nonhomogeneous or layered material
  • New requirements on wire specimen holder that improve consistency

Accurate assessments require the latest guidelines. Make sure you're up-to-date with the 2013 NFPA 259. (Softbound, 13 pp., 2013)

NFPA® 259 Standard Test Method for Potential Heat of Building Materials 2013 Edition

Chapter 1 Administration
1.1 Scope
1.2 Purpose
1.3 Units and Formulas
1.4 Test Method Summary
Chapter 2 Referenced Publications
2.1 General
2.2 NFPA Publications. (Reserved)
2.3 Other Publications
2.4 References for Extracts in Mandatory Sections. (Reserved)
Chapter 3 Definitions
3.1 General
3.2 NFPA Official Definitions
3.3 General Definitions
Chapter 4 Test Apparatus and Materials
4.1 Oxygen Bomb Calorimeter
4.2 Electric Muffle Furnace
4.3 Combustion Promoter.
Chapter 5 Test Specimens
5.1 Specimens
Chapter 6 Oxygen Bomb Calorimeter Test Procedure
6.1 Specimen Preparation
6.2 Test Procedure
Chapter 7 Electric Muffle Furnace Test Procedure
7.1 Specimen Preparation
7.2 Test Procedure
Chapter 8 Calculating Potential Heat
8.1 Calculations with Not More Than 5 Percent Residue
8.2 Calculations with More Than 5 Percent Residue
8.3 Test Variation
8.4 Reporting Units
Chapter 9 Report
9.1 Required Information
Annex A Explanatory Material
Annex B Application of Potential Heat Data
Annex C Potential Heat of Selected Building Materials
Annex D Informational References
Index