Metal Composite Material (MCM) Building Code Fire Requirements

Uses and applications of metal composite materials (MCM), with regards to code compliance and fire-safety requirements
Sponsored by MCA-ALPOLIC Division

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the definitions of Non-combustibility.
  2. Recognize the base elements of an exterior wall assembly, the characteristics of metal composite materials, and the impact on the design of exterior wall assemblies.
  3. Comprehend the IBC requirements for MCM cladding.
  4. Assess applicable fire testing per IBC for exterior wall assemblies, with focus on the NFPA 285.
  5. Realize the role of engineering judgments and letters of equivalency.

Credits:

HSW
1 AIA LU/HSW
IACET
0.1 IACET CEU*
AIBD
1 AIBD P-CE
AAA
AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
AANB
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
AAPEI
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
MAA
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
NLAA
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.
NSAA
This course can be self-reported to the NSAA
NWTAA
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
OAA
OAA 1 Learning Hour
SAA
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
 
This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.
This course is approved as a Structured Course
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
Approved for structured learning
Approved for Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.
Course may qualify for Learning Hours with NWTAA
Course eligible for OAA Learning Hours
This course is approved as a core course
This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia

This presentation will cover topics important to the Architect, Designer, and Specifier of exterior metal composite wall panel systems regarding code compliance and fire safety requirements. It will provide an overview of metal composite materials, attachment systems and a review of the relevant sections of the International Building Code (IBC).

Metal Composite

Photo courtesy of ALPOLIC® Mitsubishi Chemical Composites America

More than 150,000 square feet of ALPOLIC fire-resistant metal composite materials in six finishes were used in the retrofitting of Calgary’s One Palliser Square.

 

MCA-ALPOLIC Division Mitsubishi Chemical Composites America is proud to be a global leader in premium metal composite manufacturing. Our ALPOLIC® materials inspired new aesthetics and enabled new design possibilities, and our commitment to quality, sustainability and customer care is unmatched.

 

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Originally published in October 2021

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