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MCA updates white paper

The Metal Construction Association has made available an updated white paper, "Choosing Between Fire Retardant and Standard Core Metal Composite Material," regarding the use of metal composite material.

Metal composite material is made of two sheets of aluminum between which a solid core of extruded thermoplastic or a liquid plastic core has been injected in a continuous process with no glues or liquid adhesives between the materials. The core material must not contain air spaces or foamed insulation material.

Metal composite material manufacturers usually provide two types of core products: standard and fire retardant. MCA's MCM Fabricator Council developed the white paper to clarify the allowable uses for standard and fire-retardant metal composite material in accordance with the most recent editions of the International Building Code.