On Board Newsletter
The On Board monthly e-newsletter is our way of communicating relevant technical information,digital content, project profiles and continuing education opportunities. At National Gypsum, we’re “on board” with the products and trends that will increase your productivity and efficiency. We’re also “on board” with the best design service. To that end, we have the industry’s premier construction design managers, available to help you with your projects.
On Board October 2017
Specification software is handy, but like any tool it has its drawbacks. When you are manipulating it, you will need to edit it for your specific project. Software programs can also be designed to highlight those who “pay to play,” so realize that not every manufacturer’s products are included. In addition, they are not always up to date, so you may be missing the latest, newly introduced product offerings. And some guide specifications require only the lowest common denominator of features and performance, resulting in “generalizations” rather than “specifications.”
On Board September 2017
Designers and contractors have come under increasing pressure to reduce sound transmission between adjacent spaces in commercial and multi-family residential buildings. Driving demand for quiet are, among others, apartment dwellers who do not want to hear their neighbors’ music or the noise from the building’s community rooms; a business that wants a quiet workspace despite being next to the elevator shaft; and federal laws that mandate patient privacy in medical facilities. The solutions are the same whether the project is a condominium, an office building or a hospital.
Sound waves can pass through the materials used in buildings and through flanking paths. You can reduce sound transmission by acoustically decoupling partitions, sealing penetrations, adding mass and using sound-damping materials. It may require more than one approach.
On Board August 2017
With the continued popularity of high-rise corporate headquarters, institutional buildings and high-density housing, the gypsum shaftwall system, known as the Cavity Shaftwall System, provides economic benefits – and also peace of mind due to its fire-resistant qualities. Originally designed for the 110-story World Trade Center in 1973, the Cavity Shaftwall System replaced heavier, more expensive masonry walls. This shaftwall system utilizes gypsum board framed with metal studs and tracks to enclose elevator shafts, stairwells and service shafts. These shaftwalls withstand the positive and negative air pressure forces exerted by high-speed elevators. Cavity Shaftwall Systems are also ideal for fire-rated, interior partitions where access is restricted to one side and as fire-rated, horizontal membranes.
On Board July 2017
At National Gypsum, we strive to make continuing education convenient and worth your while. You are juggling projects on your board while completing RFPs, so let us help put more hours in your day and take the headache out of fulfilling your CEUs.
To accommodate your busy days, we offer an AIA continuing education program with both in-person and online courses. They all relate to product applications, technical standards and industry trends.
On Board June 2017
These days, the terms “green” and “sustainability” are tossed around often, so it’s not surprising that building and design pros can become skeptical. But manufacturers are helping to add authenticity to claims by encouraging product transparency through material ingredient disclosure. This allows builders, designers and other product specifiers – like you – to make informed decisions based on verifiable and consistent information. National Gypsum is pleased to be one of those manufacturers.
On Board May 2017
Are you in a hurry? Then we’ll cut to the chase: To save time, labor and material costs, this is a product you’ll want to try if you haven’t already. Gold Bond® BRAND ¾” Ultra-Shield FS® Gypsum Board.
This efficient, UL-Classified gypsum board is ideal for reducing the number of layers in multi-layer, fire-rated wall partitions and cavity shaftwall assemblies. Another plus: With National Gypsum’s GridMarx®, installation is easy and efficient, so there are fewer opportunities for errors to occur.
On Board April 2017
UL Fire-Rated Assemblies are vital to a variety of design and construction applications. So to ensure you have what you need for all of your projects, National Gypsum has added four new options to our design library: UL Design I504, UL Design M514, UL Design W450 and UL Design W454. These assemblies cover a range of needs, which we detail here. But if you ever need to design an assembly to meet a particular UL fire rating, please contact your National Gypsum construction design manager. He or she is ready and able to help you specify the best products for whatever you have on the drawing board.
On Board March 2017
Coverboard plays an integral role in a roof system’s lifetime performance. The benefits of specifying cover board include extending the roof life; protecting insulation from weather (hail/storms) and foot traffic (not to mention equipment); improving fire resistance, thermal performance and the system’s wind uplift rating; and decreasing the amount of noise that enters a building. It also provides a smooth, flat surface for the membrane. In addition, it will help your client save energy over the long haul.
On Board January 2017
When the Firestop Contractors International Association approached us to write an article about high-rise cavity shaftwalls for the fall issue of Life Safety Digest, Mark Chapman took the assignment. As Senior Manager of Construction Services for National Gypsum, Mark provides technical support for National Gypsum products, gypsum board systems and specifications. He also serves on the Gypsum Association building code and technical committee, and has been involved with the development of construction systems for more than 30 years.