Friday, January 6, 2012

Gypsum board partition and suspended ceiling - Fire safety and protection

Gypsum board or plaster board is a panel of gypsum plaster pressed together between two thick sheets of paper which come with the built-in feature of fire resistance.

When exposed to fire, the water component in the gypsum board will vaporise and slow down the heat transfer. Gypsum board partition rooms that are separated from each other by fire resistance rated gypsum or plaster board assembly will not cause the temperature of rooms adjacent to the one on fire to reach boiling point until the water component in the gypsum board is gone.

Through the use of fire resistant gypsum or plaster board for the rooms' partition, together with other fire resistant features in the suspended ceiling system, floor and door, the fire resistance of the premise or building is increased.

What are the benefits of having this fire rated resistance gypsum board partition and ceiling?

1. Buy time for occupants to escape.
2. Limit movement of flame and smoke inside the building.
3. Buy time time for fire fighters to contain and put out the fire.
4. Provide  protection to assets.
5. Minimise damage and distortion to building structure.

Where building and fire safety are concerned, owner and engineer/ architect should be very clear of the local authority's requirement. Gypsum or plaster board for partition room in office and factory renovation in our areas of work coverage in Klang, Shah Alam, Port Klang, Subang Jaya, Petaling Jaya in Selangor are of the standard grade board which is rated for thirty minutes to one hour insulation.

Gypsum board partition and suspended ceiling system with fire ratings up to four hours' protection are available if so required by the building by-laws.

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