Tomorrow! METALCON Online! and RAINA Present – “NFPA 285 & Other Fire Considerations”

NFPA 275 & Other Fire Considerations

According to the Metal Construction Association, “Fire Safety is an important responsibility of the building designer and owner. Even if individual elements of a wall assembly are not combustable, the assembly must be tested. NFPA-285 is an important test that measures for vertical and lateral flame spread of the geometry and layers in a wall panel.” Don’t miss this FREE opportunity to learn more about the exterior wall assembly fire performance code with industry expert, Steve Gaynor, co-founder of RAiNA and Principal of PIVOTH.


The code requirements for fire performance of the exterior wall assembly are vast and nuanced. Understanding how to read the code language is more important than memorizing what it says. Learn about fire related topics as they pertain to facades, combustibility testing, classification, resistance ratings, and fire propagation testing. The review of code language is intended to help you become familiar with the way the code is written and the logic, therein. The session will conclude with a discussion of competing performance priorities, and a discussion on how to manage them.

The NFPA 285 standard fire test method is an important part of making sure buildings are safe during any potential emergency. This testing examines combustible components for exterior walls and assesses how quickly a fire would spread by measuring how quickly the combustible materials ignite and transmit flames.

Meet your Speaker

Steven Gaynor

Principal · Pivoth Corp and Co-Founder of the Rainscreen Association in North America (RAiNA)

As principal of Pivoth Corp., Steve provides consulting services for building product manufacturers seeking to enter or grow within the US Market. He has worked in the building envelope industry since 2003 with experience spanning building envelope installation contractors, general contractors and product manufacturers. Leading programs with several building product manufacturers, Steven has led multiple new products from conception through launch in the rainscreen segment. Having co-founded RAiNA, Steven now serves on the Board of Directors, and as Vice-Chair on the executive committee. He has also been a voting member of ASTM E06 since 2010. Today he helps his clients pivot and achieve growth by building and securing channels to market, training sales teams, and leading rainscreen products through the complicated maze of certification in North America.

In addition to being a guest speaker for METALCON Live!, Steve will be presenting the education session “Integrating Cladding in Rainscreens and the Differences Between the Two,” at METALCON 2023, October 19, in Las Vegas. You can also register for a full-day workshop titled, “RAiNA Installer Training for Rainscreen Assemblies,” presented by the Rainscreen Association in North America. Learn more about METALCON 2023, and save with early bird registration now through July.


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