Plenum Cable Association
Mill Valley, CA 94941
Tel: (415) 388-8278
Fax: (415) 388-5546
The Plenum Cable Association objectives are as follows:
"The Plenum Cable Association shall
endeavor to promote the manufacture, design, and use of cables and
wires for use in ceiling cavity plenums and/or raised floor plenums,
and shall encourage requirements ensuring that such cables and wires
are associated with a high level of fire safety, namely one that is
commensurate with the fire hazard and fire risk inherent in the
The Plenum Cable Association shall address:
associated with the development and revision of fire test standards
intended to measure and describe the response of cables or wires to
be used in plenums and of materials intended to be included in
plenum cables or wires.
associated with the development and revision of codes and
specifications intended to assess or regulate the use of cables or
wires to be used in plenums and of materials intended to be included
in plenum cables or wires.
associated with the development and revision of fire standards
intended for analysis and assessment of the fire performance (and
the associated fire hazard or fire risk) of cables or wires to be
used in plenums, including those suitable for use by regulatory
officials, as well as of those intended for the assessment of
materials, when such materials are to be used in plenum cables or
stimulation and, where appropriate, support of fire-related
research; and, the administration and evaluation of fire research
programs related to plenum cables or wire activities.
of means for measuring the hazard or risk associated with fires in
plenums, or during the process of extinguishing fires originating in
or spreading to plenums, especially when such fires are associated
with cables or wires.
f) Monitoring of
the public need for fire standards, and proposing new standards as
g) Provision of
guidance to the users of fire standards and of codes associated with
the use of plenum cables or wires.
Such users may include laboratories performing fire tests, and
committees developing codes and standards.
Definition of Critical Terms
Plenum - A
compartment or chamber to which one or more air ducts are connected
and that forms part of the air distribution system.
Note: such plenums can be located in ceiling
cavities or raised floors.
Plenum cable - A cable or wire that is permitted to be
installed in a plenum without enclosure in a metallic raceway.
Membership: A company shall be eligible to apply for
membership in the Plenum Cable Association if one of the following
six criteria apply to it:
Manufacturer of cables intended for use in plenums
Manufacturer of wires intended for use in plenums
Manufacturer of compounds intended for use in plenum cables
Manufacturer of resins which are either: (a) intended for use
in plenum cables or (b) intended to be used in compounds, themselves
intended for use in plenum cables
Manufacturers of additives intended to be compounded together
with resins to form compounds intended for use in plenum cables
Distributors of plenum cables or wires.
Member companies in good standing shall appoint a
representative to attend meetings of the association, and receive
association information. Such members shall be eligible to participate in
all decisions of the association, and shall be informed of all
activity of the association, including decisions made, or
positions taken, by the members.
Any member company is free to identify itself as belonging to
the Plenum Cable Association. However,
member companies shall only be permitted to speak on behalf of the
Plenum Cable Association if the position espoused has been agreed
on by the association members.
Membership Application: Each
company applying for membership in the Association shall furnish
complete information on the qualifications for membership, which
should include sufficient information about the business interests
of the company to classify the applicant for membership in the
Plenum Cable Association. This
information shall be maintained confidential and shall not be
distributed to other members or made public.
Membership shall not be denied to any company who meets the
criteria in section 4., except if members can demonstrate a
justifiable reason for excluding the said company, based on past
behavior within the association or outside of it.
Resignations from membership shall be reported to association
staff as soon as possible.
Affiliate Member: Individuals recognized for
particular skills or knowledge may be elected as Honorary Members
of the Association. Nominations
shall be made by a majority vote of the membership, after a motion
made by a member company. Reapproval
shall be on an annual basis and in accordance with Association
Associate Member: This type of member shall
include companies that do not qualify under the criteria in
section 4., but that are among the following:
laboratories testing cables to assess their
compliance as plenum cables;
listing organizations involved with developing
listings of plenum cables;
trade associations including companies which
are (or could be) Plenum Cable Association members;
organizations drafting standards that can
affect plenum cables.
Voting status of affiliate and associate members shall be
assigned by the membership. Non-voting
members shall still receive all the information being provided by the
Association to its members. Moreover,
affiliate and associate members shall also be entitled to participate
in the deliberations required to make association decisions.
Membership Fee: the members shall assign levels of membership
fees, to be paid by full members, affiliate members and associate
members. Staff shall
be responsible for collection of fees.
Decisions: Plenum Cable Association decisions shall be taken at
meetings conducted under Roberts rules of orders (although the
physical presence of members is not required: the use of telephone
conference calls and of electronic mail is encouraged whenever
possible). No single
member company shall have veto power over association decisions,
and decisions shall be taken by a vote of over 50% of the members
decisions shall be taken unless at least ten companies, or 25% of
the association membership, whichever is the smaller, participate
in the process
The Plenum Cable
Association financial year will run from June 1 to May 31.
The Plenum Cable
Association shall be located, in the first instance, at 2 Friar's
Lane, Mill Valley, CA, 94941, USA, Telephone: 415-388-8278; FAX:
415-388-5546, e-mail: GBHINT@aol.com