Fire Retardant Treated Wood and the International Building Code
This session is a discussion of fire retardant-treated wood technical characteristics and building code related applications. Emphasis is placed on the testing and labeling required by the International Building Code. The building code, as with many products, regulates the use of wood in construction. Two broad categories separate materials: combustible and non-combustible. Codes limit the applications of combustible materials on the basis of fire and life safety. The question is then, are options available to using wood in lieu of a combustible material. Fire-Retardant-Treated Wood (FRTW) provides that option. Codes recognize FRTW for many applications where a noncombustible material is mandated. A few applications allow FRTW in lieu of one hour ratings.
1) Understanding what is FRTW;
2) What products are available;
3) How to identify FRTW;
4) Product labeling;
5) Uses allowed in the building code and;
6) Insurance Recognition;
SPEAKER - MR. JOSEPH T. HOLLAND
Marketing Representative, Hoover Treated Wood Products, has over 30 years experience in the construction industry. He is a Certified General Contractor and Certified Building Official. He has submitted and gained approval of many code changes to improve the utilization of wood and wood products. In addition, Mr. Holland serves on ASTM and NFPA Committees that develop standards on the performance of materials in fire, in building construction, and for wood. His experience in both the public and the private sector of the industry brings a unique perspective to his programs.