Fire Hazards of Exterior Wall Assemblies Containing Combustible Components

  • Nathan White
  • Michael Delichatsios

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Fire book series (BRIEFSFIRE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Nathan White, Michael Delichatsios
    Pages 1-2
  3. Nathan White, Michael Delichatsios
    Pages 3-10
  4. Nathan White, Michael Delichatsios
    Pages 11-16
  5. Nathan White, Michael Delichatsios
    Pages 17-24
  6. Nathan White, Michael Delichatsios
    Pages 25-48
  7. Nathan White, Michael Delichatsios
    Pages 49-54
  8. Nathan White, Michael Delichatsios
    Pages 55-88
  9. Nathan White, Michael Delichatsios
    Pages 89-94
  10. Nathan White, Michael Delichatsios
    Pages 95-98
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 99-166

About this book


This SpringerBrief presents strategies for fire mitigation based on combustible assembly systems of exterior walls. Providing background information on common exterior wall systems, the mechanisms of fire spread, and case studies, it examines the difficulties in controlling a fire with several materials and assembly methods. The brief compiles information on typical fire scenarios which involve the exterior wall, along with further exploration into test methods, approval and regulatory requirements for the various assembly systems. Offering testing approaches for possible mitigation strategies, the brief takes into account that current commercial wall assembly systems are constructed to improve energy performance, reduce water and air infiltration, and allow for aesthetic design flexibility. Exterior Insulation Finish Systems, metal composite claddings, high-pressure laminates, and weather-resistive barrier systems all have components which directly impact the fire hazard. Recommendations for future exterior wall construction are based on identified knowledge gaps.


Combustible materials Exterior walls Fire mitigation Fire testing methods Mechanisms of fire spread Wall assembly systems

Authors and affiliations

  • Nathan White
    • 1
  • Michael Delichatsios
    • 2
  1. 1.CSIROHighettAustralia
  2. 2.FireSERTUniversity of UlsterJordanstownIreland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Fire Protection Research Foundation 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4939-2897-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4939-2898-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2193-6595
  • Series Online ISSN 2193-6609
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