Achieving a 2 Hour Floor Ceiling Assembly From the Underside Only

by Sean O'Hara on March 21, 2009


One of our current projects is a change of occupancy where the change will require a 2 hour rating between the main level A-2 occupancy and the R-2 occupancy above. The challenge in these situations is that you do not want to tear into the floor or change out the floor framing members.

In new construction the entire floor assembly is often use to achieve the rating. However the Gypsum Association manual has a new note for certain assemblies. “Ceiling provides two hour fire resistance protection for wood framing.” Where that note is included the entire rating is provided by the gypsum and you don’t need a particular floor.

On a related note, the woman who answers the phone at the Gysum Association is very knowledgable about fire ratings.


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New York Mold inspections January 10, 2010 at 8:27 pm

It is quite a challenge I see…and I am sure the planning that you did helped you do the job. Good update to help those trying the same project.

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