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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.

ASTM Gypsum Committee Invites Participation in Development of Standard for Metal Suspension Ceiling Systems

ASTM International
100 Barr Harbor Dr., Box C700
West Conshohocken, PA, 19428-2959

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.

To purchase ASTM standards, visit and search by the standard designation, or contact ASTM Customer Relations (phone: 877-909-ASTM; ASTM International welcomes participation in the development of its standards. For more information on becoming an ASTM member, visit

ASTM International is one of the world’s largest development and delivery systems of standards and related products and services. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions.

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ASTM Committee C11 Next Meeting: May 5-8, 2014, May Committee Week, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Technical Contact: Joseph J. Kelly, Worthington Armstrong Venture, Malvern, Pa., Phone: 610-722-1218; 
ASTM Staff Contact: Thomas O’Toole, Phone: 610-832-9739;  
ASTM PR Contact: Barbara Schindler, Phone: 610-832-9603;  
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