No individual, partnership or corporation shall install in this State any type of
foam plastic insulation unless that product complies with and is installed in accordance
with the following requirements.
A. Unless otherwise excepted in the following subparagraphs, all foam plastic or foam
plastic cores of manufactured assemblies shall have a flame-spread rating of not more
than 75 and a smoke-developed rating of not more than 450 when tested in the maximum
thickness intended for use in accordance with ASTM E-84. For all such installations,
the foam plastic shall be separated from habitable or occupiable spaces by an approved
thermal barrier of 1/2 inch gypsum wallboard or equivalent thermal barrier material
which will limit the average temperature rise of the unexposed surface to not more
than 250` F. after 15 minutes of fire exposure complying with the ASTM E-119 standard
time-temperature curve. Thermal barriers shall be installed in a manner that assures
they will stay in place for a minimum of 15 minutes under the same test exposure conditions.
(1) Foam plastics may be used without the thermal barrier described in this paragraph
when the foam plastic is protected by a minimum of one inch thickness of masonry or
(2) Foam plastics when tested in a thickness of 4 inches may be used in a thickness
up to 10 inches when the building is equipped with an approved automatic fire suppression
For use in rooms within buildings, this requirement shall apply to both the room and
that part of the building in which the room is located.
(3) Foam plastics having a maximum flame-spread rating of 75 may be used in thicknesses
up to 4 inches in free-standing walk-in coolers or freezer units less than 400 square
feet in floor area without a thermal barrier and without an automatic fire suppression
system when the foam plastic is covered by a metal facing not less than 0.032 inch
thick aluminum or No. 26 gauge steel. When protected by a thermal barrier, the foam
plastic may be used in thicknesses up to 10 inches.
(4) Foam plastic insulation having a flame spread of 25 or less may be used in a
thickness of not more than 4 inches without the thermal barrier when the foam plastic
is covered by a metal facing not less than 0.032 inch thick aluminum or No. 26 gauge
steel and the building is provided with an automatic fire suppression system.
(5) Foam plastic may be used in a roof covering assembly without the thermal barrier
when the foam is separated from the interior of the building by plywood sheathing
not less than 1/2 inch in thickness bonded with interior glue, with edges supported
by blocking, tongue-and-groove joints or other approved type of edge support, or an
Foam plastic roof insulation that complies with Factory Mutual Standard 4450 or Underwriters
Laboratories Subject 1256 need not meet the requirements of this paragraph.
For roofing applications, the smoke-developed rating shall not be limited.
(6) Foam plastics having a flame-spread rating of 75 or less may be used as a core
material without a thermal barrier when the door is covered by a metal facing of not
less than 0.032 inch thick aluminum or No. 26 gauge steel.
(7) Foam plastics may be used as a siding backer board with a maximum thickness of
1/2 inch, provided it is separated from the interior of the building by not less than
2 inches of mineral fiber insulation or equivalent, or when applied as residing over
existing wall construction.
(8) Within an attic or crawl space where entry is made only for service of utilities,
foam plastics shall be protected against ignition by 1 1/2 inch thick mineral fiber
insulation, 1/4 inch thick plywood, particleboard, hardboard or gypsum wallboard,
No. 26 gauge sheet steel or other approved material installed in such a manner that
the foam plastic is not exposed. [RR 1991, c. 2, §96 (COR).]
B. Existing low hazard storage facilities with foam plastic insulation may be maintained
without the required thermal barrier.
(1) Potato storage facilities constructed after the effective date of this paragraph
shall provide an approved thermal barrier over foam plastic insulation for a minimum
of 8' above the floor.
(2) The State Fire Marshal may permit in specific circumstances the use of foam plastic
with a flame barrier when such use does not create a life safety hazard. [1981, c. 101, (NEW).]
RR 1991, c. 2, §96 (COR)
Foam plastics may be used in applications other than as listed in this section, when
specifically approved by the State Fire Marshal based on diversified tests such as
the Factory Mutual Building Corner Test Procedure or the enclosed room test procedures
described in Underwriters Laboratories Subject 723. These approvals shall also be
based on tests conducted in accordance with ASTM E-84 and ASTM D1929. Testing shall
be performed on the finished manufactured foam plastic assemblies and on the maximum
thickness intended for use.
1979, c. 167, (NEW)
Any violation of this section shall be a Class E crime.
1979, c. 167, (NEW)
1979, c. 167, (NEW).
1981, c. 101, (AMD).
RR 1991, c. 2, §96 (COR).
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