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2x6 Wood Exterior Wall Passes Fire Test – Added to Fire-Resistance-Rated Wood Assemblies

Apr 01, 2019

LEESBURG, VA. – The American Wood Council (AWC) has released an update to "Design for Code Acceptance (DCA) 3 - Fire-Resistance-Rated Wood Floor and Wall Assemblies." The updated DCA 3 can be found on the AWC website: https://www.awc.org/codes-standards/publications/dca3.

"To meet new energy requirements, a number of designers have been asking to use asymmetrical exterior wood-frame walls constructed with 2x6 studs spaced at 24 inches on-center with fiberglass cavity insulation," said AWC Manager of Engineering Technology Jason Smart, P.E. "To prove the required fire resistance of this configuration, a wall assembly with these parameters was successfully fire tested."

Not only did the assembly pass the ASTM E119 1-hour fire endurance test, but the required hose-stream component of the test was successfully conducted on the same assembly, even though the test allows conducting a separate, shorter duration fire exposure just for the hose stream portion. The new 2x6 assembly has been added to AWC's Design for Code Acceptance (DCA) 3 - Fire-Resistance-Rated Wood Floor and Wall Assemblies.

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