Category: Gypsum

Atlas Roofing first to pass more stringent NFPA 285 Fire Test criteria

The leader in polyiso manufacturing passes updated NFPA testing criteria ATLANTA, Aug. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Atlas Roofing Corporation is the first polyiso manufacturer to successfully pass the new, more stringent NFPA 285 Fire Test criteria – a test that measures the fire propagation potential of a wall assembly. “As a manufacturer that focuses on safety as its number one core value,” said Ken Farrish, President of Atlas Roofing Corporation, “we believe in and support the NFPA 285 committee’s decision to improve testing criteria for a more consistent and rigorous safety testing environment. We’re incredibly proud to lead our industry forward in fire safety as the first to meet the new criteria.” New NFPA 285 Fire Test Criteria In June 2017, the NFPA 285 committee approved new testing criteria after it was originally proposed last year. As an innovator in polyiso manufacturing, Atlas embraced and tested to the new criteria before it was approved by the NFPA committee or required by code. The NFPA 285 test includes the entire wall assembly as it is meant to be installed – incorporating everything from the interior gypsum to the exterior cladding. The old NFPA 285 criteria allowed (ACM/MCM) metal panel joints to be placed outside of the area of the most intense flame contact, well to the sides of the windows. The new NFPA 285 criteria offer a more consistent, worst case...

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Better Together: A Global Gateway to Acoustical Design

Stepping off a plane and into the new Calgary International Airport (YYC) is a transformative experience. Natural materials, including wood, metal and stone channel the essence of the surrounding region, while expansive windows show off views of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Designers from around Canada worked for several years to cultivate a design that blended aesthetic beauty with functionality and sustainability.

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Gypsum Association revises five technical documents

Late in 2016, the Gypsum Association (GA) released five revised technical documents. GA-220-2016 Gypsum Board Winter Related Installation Recommendations; GA-223-2016 Gypsum Panel Products, Types, Uses, and Standards; GA-226-2016 Application of Gypsum Board to Form Curved Surface; GA-234-2016 Control Joints for Fire Resistance Rated Systems, and GA-338-2016 Guidelines for Prevention of Mold Growth on Gypsum Board have been updated to reflect current best practices. As a service to the design and construction community, these documents, and more than thirty additional technical documents, are available for free download through the GA Bookstore.

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Integrity Housing opens new affordable community for seniors. Incorporating energy efficient construction and appliances, Olivera received the highest Gold Rating under the Green Point Rated Sustainable Program. This project was designed by KTGY Architecture + Planning with MJS Landscape Architecture. Photo: Olivera Senior Apartments, Pomona, Calif. Courtesy of Integrity Housing.

Integrity Housing opens new affordable community for seniors. Incorporating energy efficient construction and appliances, Olivera received the highest Gold Rating under the Green Point Rated Sustainable Program. This project was designed by KTGY Architecture + Planning with MJS Landscape Architecture. Photo: Olivera Senior Apartments, Pomona, Calif. Courtesy of Integrity Housing.

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