ASTM invites participation in developing ceiling standard.
Press Release Summary:
February 6, 2014 - Interested parties are invited to join in development of proposed standard that would be used during design and installation of suspended gypsum ceiling systems for commercial construction. ASTM WK44242, Practice for Installation of Metal Suspension Ceiling Systems for Gypsum Board Applications, will give manufacturers and contractors guideline for best seismic installation practice. Products described in standard are used in hospitals, schools, churches, retail, and other commercial spaces.
Original Press Release
ASTM Gypsum Committee Invites Participation in Development of Standard for Metal Suspension Ceiling Systems
Press release date: January 28, 2014
W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., —All interested parties are invited to join in the development of a proposed new ASTM International standard that would be used during the design and installation of suspended gypsum ceiling systems for commercial construction. ASTM WK44242, Practice for Installation of Metal Suspension Ceiling Systems for Gypsum Board Applications, is being developed by Subcommittee C11.03 on Specifications for the Application of Gypsum and Other Products in Assemblies, part of ASTM International Committee C11 on Gypsum and Related Building Materials and Systems.
According to Joseph J. Kelly, technical services manager, Worthington Armstrong Venture, and a C11 member, several requests from the California engineering and regulatory community have led to the ongoing development of ASTM WK44242.
The products described in ASTM WK44242 are designed and installed where suspended drywall systems are used in most commercial construction, including hospitals, schools, churches, retail and other commercial spaces.
“The proposed standard will give manufacturers and contractors a guideline for the best seismic installation practice,” says Kelly. He also noted that the proposed standard will be based on ASTM E580/E580M, Practice for Installation of Ceiling Suspension Systems for Acoustical Tile and Lay-In Panels in Areas Subject to Earthquake Ground Motions, developed by ASTM Committee E33 on Building and Environmental Acoustics, as well as other ASTM standards related to gypsum board and gypsum board framing systems.
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