Performance

Performance

Fire Rating

All DumaWall panels have a ‘Class A’ FSI and SDI fire rating per ASTM E84.

Our panels are rated for surface burning characteristics, flame spread and smoke development.

Significance and Use

  • 4.1 This test method is intended to provide only comparative measurements of surface flame spread and smoke density measurements with that of select grade red oak and fiber-cement board surfaces under the specific fire exposure conditions described herein.
  • 4.2 This test method exposes a nominal 24-ft (7.32-m) long by 20-in. (508-mm) wide specimen to a controlled air flow and flaming fire exposure adjusted to spread the flame along the entire length of the select grade red oak specimen in 51/2 min.
  • 4.3 This test method does not provide for the following:
    • 4.3.1 Measurement of heat transmission through the tested surface.
    • 4.3.2 The effect of aggravated flame spread behavior of an assembly resulting from the proximity of combustible walls.
    • 4.3.3 Classifying or defining a material as noncombustible, by means of a flame spread index by itself.

1. Scope

  • 1.1 This fire-test–response standard for the comparative surface burning behavior of building materials is applicable to exposed surfaces such as walls. The test is conducted with the specimen in the ceiling position with the surface to be evaluated exposed face down to the ignition source. The material, product, or assembly shall be capable of being mounted in the test position during the test. Thus, the specimen shall either be self-supporting by its own structural quality, held in place by added supports along the test surface, or secured from the back side.
  • 1.2 The purpose of this test method is to determine the relative burning behavior of the material by observing the flame spread along the specimen. Flame spread and smoke developed index are reported. However, there is not necessarily a relationship between these two measurements.
  • 1.3 The use of supporting materials on the underside of the test specimen has the ability to lower the flame spread index from those which might be obtained if the specimen could be tested without such support. These test results do not necessarily relate to indices obtained by testing materials without such support.
  • 1.4 Testing of materials that melt, drip or delaminate to such a degree that the continuity of the flame front is destroyed, results in low flame spread indices that do not relate directly to indices obtained by testing materials that remain in place.
  • 1.5 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.
  • 1.6 The text of this standard references notes and footnotes that provide explanatory information. These notes and footnotes, excluding those in tables and figures, shall not be considered as requirements of the standard.
  • 1.7 This standard is used to measure and describe the response of materials, products, or assemblies to heat and flame under controlled conditions, but does not by itself incorporate all factors required for fire-hazard or fire-risk assessment of the materials, products, or assemblies under actual fire conditions.
  • 1.8 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
  • 1.9 Fire testing is inherently hazardous. Adequate safeguards for personnel and property shall be employed in conducting these tests.

Moisture

DumaWall panels are waterproof. Our panels are guaranteed not to water-stain, bow, swell or rot. They are ideal for use in moist and humid environments like basements.

Mold & Mildew Resistant

DumaWall panels are constructed from materials that inhibit mold and mildew. This means our panels can be installed in a variety of environments where moisture is a concern. They are manufactured from PVC with a smooth or decorative, embossed surface texture. PVC panels solve the problems of water damage and mold or mildew that are traditionally experienced with fiber-based lay-in panels.

  • No water stains, no moisture-related sagging, no rot
  • Mold and mildew resistant
  • Nonporous, nonabsorbent
  • Hygienic, easy to clean, easy to disinfect

Food Safety – FDA and USDA Compliant

Our panels comply with FDA and USDA regulations for use in food preparation and serving areas. This means that our panels can be installed in areas where sanitation and cleanliness is a must. DumaWall panels are fully compliant with USDA, State Health Department, and FDA requirements. DumaWall panels are also compliant with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency

FDA Food Code: Chapter 6 – Physical Facilities

Indoor Areas

6-101.11 Surface Characteristics

  1. Except as specified in (B.) of this section, materials for indoor wall surfaces under conditions of normal use shall be:
    1. SMOOTH, durable, and EASILY CLEANABLE for areas where FOOD ESTABLISHMENT operations are conducted;
    2. Closely woven and EASILY CLEANABLE carpet for carpeted areas; and
    3. Nonabsorbent for areas subject to moisture such as FOOD preparation areas, walk-in refrigerators, WARE WASHING areas, toilet rooms, mobile FOOD ESTABLISHMENT SERVICING AREAS, and areas subject to flushing or spray cleaning methods.
  2. In a TEMPORARY FOOD ESTABLISHMENT:
    1. Walls may be constructed of a material that protects the interior from the weather and wind-blown dust and debris.

Cleanability

6-201.11 Walls

  • Except as specified under § 6-201.14 Walls and wall coverings shall be designed, constructed, and installed so they are SMOOTH and EASILY CLEANABLE.

6-201.12 Walls and Utility Lines

  1. Utility service lines and pipes may not be unnecessarily exposed.
  2. Exposed utility service lines and pipes shall be installed so they do not obstruct or prevent cleaning of the walls.
  3. Exposed horizontal utility service lines and pipes may not be installed on the floor.

USDA Electronic Code of Federal Regulations: Title 21 – Food and Drugs

§ 110.20 Plant and Grounds

  1. Plant construction and design. Plant buildings and structures shall be suitable in size, construction, and design to facilitate maintenance and sanitary operations for food-manufacturing purposes. The plant and facilities shall:
    1. Be constructed in such a manner that walls may be adequately cleaned and kept clean and kept in good repair; that drip or condensate from fixtures, ducts and pipes does not contaminate food, food-contact surfaces, or food-packaging materials; and that aisles or working spaces are provided between equipment and walls and are adequately unobstructed and of adequate width to permit employees to perform their duties and to protect against contaminating food or food-contact surfaces with clothing or personal contact.
    2. Provide adequate lighting in hand-washing areas, dressing and locker rooms, and toilet rooms and in all areas where food is examined, processed, or stored and where equipment or utensils are cleaned; and provide safety-type light bulbs, fixtures, skylights, or other glass suspended over exposed food in any step of preparation or otherwise protect against food contamination in case of glass breakage.

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  • PVC is a safe and trusted product: PVC is used for blood bags, plastic tubing for surgery, medicine security bags and many other applications in the medical sector. It is also used in electrical cables, hygienic food packaging, safe and sustainable toys, plastic water bottles, etc.
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