Flooring

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Relevant standards
Code information

Relevant standards. Some tile and sheet vinyl floors are available with enhanced slip retardant surfaces. These floors are suitable for a variety of commercial and institutional applications such as in shower rooms, lavatories, ramped corridors, and around swimming pools, whirlpools or spas. Because of the variety of vinyl flooring available and the varying applications for its use, check with the manufacturer for relevant testing standards to meet the unique requirements of each application.

Code information. Resilient floor coverings are usually exempt from model building code flammability requirements because they are not considered to be an unusual fire hazard. However, some building code officials, government agencies and other regulatory authorities require test information on the fire performance of resilient flooring. The most widely used test for flammability is based on the Flooring Radiant Panel test (ASTM E648). Another standard commonly used is ASTM E662 - Standard Test Method for Specific Optical Density of Smoke Generated by Solid Materials. The current editions of International Code Council (ICC) Standard Building Code and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 101 Life Safety Code reference the Flooring Radiant Panel Test.