News & Stories8 min

Specifying 1 Hour Fire-Rated Walls

For about a century, architects and builders have used gypsum panels in wall assemblies to meet the testing criteria for 1 hour fire-rated walls. As product engineering develops, more and more architects are now looking for product solutions that bring added value to their 1 hour fire-rated walls. Many are specifying LP® FlameBlock® Fire-Rated OSB Sheathing because it meets building codes while providing faster and easier installation than assemblies that use gypsum and structural panels. They can also provide added design flexibility by reducing wall thickness.

LP FlameBlock sheathing can be used in a few different 1 hour fire-rated wall assemblies, including:

Intertek Design LPB/WPPS-60-01:This Intertek-listed assembly is commonly used in 1 hour exterior walls along the property line, including single-family construction. This assembly is fire-rated for 1 hour from both sides. 

 

UL Design U348: This UL-listed assembly is commonly used in Type V multifamily construction in load-bearing exterior walls. It also allows for the use of fiberglass insulation. This assembly is fire-rated for 1 hour from the interior side only, except when brick is the exterior facing.

 

When specified for these 1 hour fire-rated assemblies, LP FlameBlock sheathing reduces dead load and wall thickness versus common alternatives. It also providesbetter substrate for securely fastening exterior facing materials. Unlike gypsum, LP FlameBlock sheathing has an Exposure 1 classification—which means it can withstand normal exposure to moisture during construction.

Fire-rated walls shouldn’t interfere with your design capabilities and construction schedules. Check out our LP FlameBlock page to learn more about the U348 and WPPS-60-1 assemblies.

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Business Advice6 min

Why It’s Important To “Respect the Spec”

While it’s perfectly alright for a jazz musician to improvise, that approach doesn’t always work as well in homebuilding. Architects, specifiers, engineers and product reps spend many hours collaboratively choosing the right materials for each job – and an abrupt substitution to save a few dollars can ironically be very costly in terms of callbacks, design underperformance and even code violations. “Ideally, all parties involved – the architect, builder and developer – have reviewed the spec before it’s final and have agreed on all the products being used,” says Karen Alves, LP Brand Marketing Associate. “That’s because finding an ‘equivalent’ for siding or fire-rated sheathing involves not just the substrate but the codes that the product meets as well.”

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Business Advice4 min
Siding That’s a Cut Above

Siding installers use many different brands of circular saws, but their preferred saw may not be as important as the siding material they are cutting with it. Some builders can sometimes be a bit removed from the importance placed on saw choice and would probably rely on their subcontractors choice, like Brent Taylor. “I don’t have much of an opinion on that because I use subcontracted labor,” says Brent Taylor, owner of O.C. Taylor in Raleigh, North Carolina, who was featured in an episode of Designing Spaces on Lifetime Network renovating a century-old house using LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding.

Inspiration6 min
Budget-Friendly Architectural Styles for Modern Multifamily Builds

Masterfully achieving modern architectural styles in multifamily designs takes expertise and patience, especially when a tight budget competes with other design goals like staying on top of trends, addressing resident preferences, and seamlessly incorporating a desired look into a community. Dominic Rigosu of RIDA Architecture, PLLC, balanced all of these factors in a recent project. He designed Woodrow Wilson Townhomes, a 100-unit affordable housing development originally built in 1972 in Amsterdam, New York. It was surrounded by a mix of market-rate, well-maintained, single-family homes.