NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sep. 28, 2016)- RT Framing of Denver, Colorado, recently constructed Belleview Block B, a multifamily project using LP® FlameBlock® Fire-Rated OSB Sheathing.
RT Framing is a framing and drywall company specializing in multifamily and commercial construction projects. In order to meet local fire codes, Russell Beilby, Vice President at RT Framing, used LP FlameBlock sheathing as a code-compliant component of a two-hour fire-rated exterior wall assembly throughout the 330-unit Type III-B building. He found the product provided a cost-saving solution, as he was able to save on labor costs and equipment rentals by only using one layer of LP FlameBlock sheathing compared to two layers of gypsum.
LP FlameBlock Fire-Rated OSB Sheathing carries a Class A and 30-minute flame spread rating due to its proprietary non-combustible, fiberglass-reinforced Pyrotite® treatment. Using LP FlameBlock sheathing in fire-rated wall assemblies reduces dead load and wall thickness versus common alternative assemblies.
As a result of his decision to use LP FlameBlock sheathing, Beilby achieved a simpler and more efficient installation process, particularly on the higher floors of the structure.
“I decided to use LP FlameBlock not just for the labor-saving aspect, but for the means and methods,” said Beilby. “Putting on one sheet is simple because you can lean through the studs. It’s the second sheet that causes difficulty because you have to rent equipment like cherry pickers and boom lifts, which can run about $6,000 a month. I chose LP FlameBlock because there would be no need for a second layer of product.”
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