ALPOLIC Partners with Rmax Operating, LLC
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Chesapeake, VA — Mitsubishi Plastic's ALPOLIC, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of aluminum and metal composite materials partnered with Rmax Operating, LLC, a continuous insulation supplier, to test an innovative ACM wall assembly against the National Fire Protection Association 285 standard. ALPOLIC announced today that the wall assembly, which utilizes Rmax TSX-8500 continuous insulation, passed the rigid NFPA 285 standard
The NFPA 285 test determines the flammability characteristics of exterior, non-load-bearing wall assemblies. To pass the test successfully, a product must sufficiently resist flame propagation vertically or laterally beyond a satisfactory distance from the flame source on or within the wall assembly. The ACM wall assembly jointly tested by ALPOLIC and Rmax successfully passed the test.
ALPOLIC and Rmax partnered to test the pioneering ACM wall assembly in anticipation of impending building code changes that will increase the demand for foam plastic insulation on exterior walls. The resulting ACM wall assembly not only earned NFPA 285 designation, but it is compliant with future code requirements and insulation values and also offers several advantages over typical wall systems, including thermal bridging across studs, a typical overall R Value increase, and reduction in construction time.
Further, both the ALPOLIC panels and the Rmax TSX-8500 insulation meet the requirements for a Class A material when tested to ASTM E84 for surface flammability and smoke generated, providing a solution that meets new insulation requirements and the fire performance of the IBC 2009 and IBC 2012.
ALPOLIC, part of Mitsubishi Plastic’s family of world-renowned companies is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of ACM and MCM panels and operates a state-of-the-art production facility in Chesapeake, Virginia. For additional information, call 1-800-422-7270 or to view samples of the company’s industry-leading selection, visit our Samples page.
Laurie Hill, Vice President-Technical
Rmax Operating, LLC