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AB-127 Fire safety: fire retardants: building insulation.(2013-2014)



SECTION 1.
 The Legislature finds and declares that for some insulation materials, current insulation flammability standards can only be met using chemical flame retardants and that new standards proposed pursuant to this act may provide manufacturers with flexibility in meeting the flammability standards, with or without the addition of chemical flame retardants, and would be consistent with maintaining overall building fire safety.

SEC. 2.

 Section 13108.1 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

13108.1.
 The State Fire Marshal, in consultation with the Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings, and Thermal Insulation, shall review the flammability standards for building insulation materials, including whether the flammability standards for some insulation materials can only be met with the addition of chemical flame retardants. Based on this review, and if the State Fire Marshal deems it appropriate, he or she shall, by July 1, 2015, propose for consideration by the California Building Standards Commission, to be adopted at the sole discretion of the commission, updated insulation flammability standards that accomplish both of the following:
(a) Maintain overall building fire safety.
(b) Ensure that there is adequate protection from fires that travel between walls and into confined areas, including crawl spaces and attics, for occupants of the building and any firefighters who may be in the building during a fire.