EcoFoil ASTM-E84

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No insulation is fireproof; however EcoFoil has been tested and rated as a fire retardant insulation. In fact, EcoFoil radiant barrier products and reflective insulation were the first products in the radiant barrier industry to successfully achieve a Class 1/Class A rating, the highest possible rating under the revised ASTM-E84-09 standards. EcoFoil is proud to be an industry leader of metalized aluminum radiant barrier insulation. The secret to this success is the use of metalized polyester film instead of pure aluminum. This metalized film has an impressive reflectivity rating of 96% with an ultra-low emissivity of 4%.

The ASTM-E84-09 test was first developed in 1950 when Albert Steiner of Underwriters Laboratories began testing building materials for flame spread and smoke development. In 1961, The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) adapted Steiner’s test and made it the international standard for measuring the surface burning characteristics of all building materials.

In 2009, ASTM updated the standards for the ASTM-E84 flame spread/smoke density test. This was a result of the fact that some of the structures used to mount the specimens were causing inaccurately high ratings. The new test required the installation to be installed as it would be in the field, without external support. Under the new standard, many radiant barrier products no longer met the Class 1/Class A requirements. This was a change that revolutionized the radiant barrier industry and EcoFoil products were the first to comply.

Fireproof Insulation and the NFPA 286 Full Burn Room Test

NFPA Logo The ASTM-E84 test is somewhat limited in that it does not accurately show how a given specimen will perform in a real fire. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) developed a test procedure that does just that. The test, known as the NFPA 286 full burn room test, is administered in an 8’ x 12’ x 8’ room with a single door. This room is lined with a specimen and a burner is placed in one corner of the room. The burner is lit and then manipulated to simulate a trashcan fire. The amount of smoke developed and flame spread are monitored to determine if the material passes the test.

All EcoFoil bubble insulation products pass the NFPA 286 burn room test. The secret to this accomplishment is the patented fire resistant coating. This proprietary additive is infused into the polyethylene bubbles when they are in liquid form. As seen in the NFPA 286 burn room test, EcoFoil bubble insulation prevented flame spread when exposed to fire for over 15 minutes. Reflective insulation manufactured without a fire resistant coating will combust and spread flames when exposed to fire for 1 minute or less. You can witness how effective EcoFoil fire rated insulation is in the video to the right.

EcoFoil fire retardant insulation is designed for use as standalone insulation or as a code compliant covering for polystyrene foam insulation. The Class 1/Class A fire rated insulation is perfect for use in workshops, pole barns, machine sheds, garages, and other commercial and residential structures.

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