Barrier Technology

18 October 2010

Latest Photos of College Park, MD Student Housing with LP® FlameBlock® Exterior Walls

Barrier National Sales Manager, James Dukart, was recently in the metro Washington, DC area to deliver AIA-accredited classes on Fire-Retardant Cementitious-Coated OSB for use in Wall and Roof Applications, as well as to meet with architects and builders currently specifying and using LP® FlameBlock® in projects.

Included in this article are pictures he took of a student housing complex just off the University of Maryland campus that features LP® FlameBlock® (two-side coated) as exterior wall sheathing. Note that the construction is a five story wood-frame (on podium) construction type IIIA, where wood is allowed in exterior wall but must be fire-rated ( LP® FlameBlock® is part of UL assembly U349 in this construction, achieving a two-hour fire rating).

Note also that the white-faced LP® FlameBlock® panels (the white surface is Pyrotite®, Barrier's patented fire-rated coating bonded directly to the underlying OSB panels) is being covered with a building wrap (green wrap in the photos). That wrap will in turn be overed iwth a brick facade and/or exterior siding; while LP® FlameBlock® provides structural sheathing as well as fire-resistance in a single panel, it is designed (in this wall assembly as well as in all others) for use with exterior cladding.

In this particular job, LP® FlameBlock® is replacing what would otherwise have been double layers of exterior-rated gypsum; the architects and builders report significant time and cost savings realized through using a single fire-rated panel in place of either a double layer of gypsum or single layer of gypsum along with a single layer of structural sheathing. Additional LP® FlameBlock® benefits cited include better surface area for anchoring exterior cladding (as compared to double gypsum walls) and easier penetrations for bay windows and other exterior architectural elements.Fire rated sheathing, fire rated osb, fire rated plywood, fire resistant sheathing, fire resistant osb, fire resistant plywood, multifamily construction, small cap, otcbb, ibtgf, barrier, Blazeguard, Mycoguard, fire rated paint, intumescent paint, class a flame spread, class a wall assembly, class c wall assembly, mold resistant, mildew resistant, fire retardant plywood, fire retardant osb, fire retardant sheathing, frt, sips, fire rated structurally insulated panels, thermal barrier, fire rated wall assemblies, fire rated commercial modular roofing, fire rated modular construction, green building products, leed, electrical panel backer board, sips, wildfire protection, forest fire protection, non combustible exterior wall sheathing, ignition resistant exterior wall sheathing, ignition resistant eaves, non combustible eaves, ignition resistant soffets, non combustible soffets, esr-1365, wui approved, wui listed, California state fire marshal approved building materials, specified building product, architectural specifications, builders specs, LP® FlameBlock®, Party Wall, Wall Assembly, Pyrotite®, sheathing, OSB

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Barrier develops, manufactures, and markets proprietary fire resistant building materials designed to help protect people and property from the destruction of fire. Barrier's award-winning Blazeguard® structural wood panels exceed International Building Code requirements in every targeted fire test and application. Blazeguard® is coated with Barrier's patented, non-toxic, non-combustible Pyrotite formulation, which releases water when exposed to the heat of fire.