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Product Testing Requirements

Required and Recommended Testing of Reflective Insulations*

Required Substantiation
Physical Property
Test Method or Standard
Requirement
Emittance
ASTM C 1371
0.1 max
Thermal Performance
ASTM C 1363
Report Thermal Performance
Flame Spread
ASTM E 84
25 max
Smoke-Developed
ASTM E 84
450 max
Water Vapor Transmission
ASTM E 96
(Desiccant Method)
<1.0 (retarders) or
>5.0 (transmitters)
Temperature/Humidity Resistance
ASTM C 1258
Report corrosion, delamination or
loss of metalization
Bleeding and Delamination
ASTM C 1224
No bleeding after 5 hours
Pliability
ASTM C 1224
No cracking at 180 bend after
24 hr. at 32F and 70F/50% R.H.>
Fungi Resistance
ASTM C 1338
No growth greater than comparative
specimen
Recommended Substantiation
Physical Property
Test Method or Standard
Requirement
Tearing Strength
ASTM D 2261
Report tearing strength in each direction and condition tested
Corrosivity (caused by adhesives)
ASTM D 3310
Report corrosion

Required and Recommended Testing of Reflective Ducts

Required Substantiation
Physical Property
Test Method or Standard
Requirement
Surface Burning
(Flame Spread)1
ASTM E 84
25 max
Smoke-Developed1
ASTM E 84
50 max
Temperature Exposure1
ASTM C 411
Shall not flame, glow, smoke
or smolder at 250F
Test Method for Steady-State Heat Transfer Properties of Pipe Insulation
ASTM C 335
Meet the thermal resistance requirements in building codes
Water Vapor Transmission
ASTM E 96
(Desiccant Method)
<1.0 (retarders) or
>5.0 (transmitters)
Emittance
ASTM C 1371
0.1 max
Identification2   Label at intervals of 36 inches (name of manufacturer, R-value, flame spread and smoke developed
Recommended Substantiation
Physical Property
Test Method or Standard
Requirement
Temperature/Humidity Resistance
ASTM C 1258
Report corrosion, delamination or
loss of metalization
Bleeding and Delamination
ASTM C 1224
No bleeding after 5 hours
Pliability
ASTM C 1224
No cracking at 180 bend after
24 hr. at 32F and 70F/50% R.H.>
Fungi Resistance
ASTM C 1338
No growth greater than comparative specimen

Required and Recommended Testing of Sheet Radiant Barriers

Required Substantiation
Physical Property
Test Method or Standard
Requirement
Surface Emittance
ASTM C 1371
0.1 or less
Water Vapor Transmission
ASTM E 96
Procedure A Desiccant Method
0.02 for Vapor Retarder 0.5 or
greater for perforated products
Surface Burning    
Flame Spread
ASTM E 84
25 or less
Smoke Density
ASTM E 84
450 or less
Corrosivity
ASTM D 3310
Corrosion on less than 2% of
the affected surface
Tear Resistance
ASTM D 2261
 
Adhesive Performance    
Bleeding
Section 10.1 of
ASTM C 1313
Bleeding or delamination of less
than 2% of the surface area
Pliability
Section 10.2 of
ASTM C 1313
No cracking or delamination
Mold and Mildew
ASTM C 1338
No growth when visually examined under 5X magnification
Recommended Substantiation
Physical Property
Test Method or Standard
Requirement
Tensile Strength
ASTM D 2261
Report tearing strength in machine direction and cross direction

Required and Recommended Testing of Reflectives in Metal Buildings

Required Substantiation
Physical Property
Test Method or Standard
Requirement
Thermal Performance
ASTM C 1363
Report Thermal Performance
Flame Spread
ASTM E 84
25 max
Smoke-Developed
ASTM E 84
50 max
Recommended Substantiation
Physical Property
Test Method or Standard
Requirement
Emittance
ASTM C 1371
0.1 max
Water Vapor Transmission
ASTM E 96
(Desiccant Method)
<1.0 (retarders) or
>5.0 (transmitters)
Temperature/Humidity Resistance
ASTM C 1258
Report corrosion, delamination or
loss of metalization
Bleeding and Delamination
ASTM C 1224
No bleeding after 5 hours
Pliability
ASTM C 1224
No cracking at 180 bend after
24 hr. at 32F and 70F/50% R.H.>
Tearing Strength
ASTM D 2261
Report tearing strength in each direction and condition tested
 
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