Construction Class 5
This Construction Brief will give you an overview of Verisk 's Construction Class 5 – modified fire-resistive construction. When you've completed this course, you will know what a Verisk report means when it says a building is modified fire-resistive construction. And you'll understand why a particular structure is—or isn't—modified fire-resistive.
Wall, floor, and roof assembly with noncombustible panels, with one-hour fire-resistance rating
Poured gypsum roof with one-hour fire-resistance rating
The exterior bearing walls and load-bearing portions of exterior walls must be of noncombustible materials or of masonry, but exterior nonbearing walls and wall panels may be slow-burning, combustible, or with no fire-resistance rating.
Modified fire-resistive buildings also include structural steel protection techniques—fire-protection material applied to steel.
Examples of metal lath and plaster applied to steel:
Examples of sprayed-on materials applied to steel:
Example of gypsum board applied to steel columns and sprayed-on materials applied to the steel beams:
What happens when there is no fire-protection material applied to steel beams or joists that support floors or roofs? Verisk still considers a building modified fire resistive if it has a suitable ceiling.
Ceilings can be plaster or gypsum wallboard or suspended mineral tile.
The entire floor-ceiling (a fire-resistive ceiling protecting a floor) or roof-ceiling (a fire-resistive ceiling protecting roof supports) should conform to construction details in a UL-Listed or Factory Mutual (FM)-approved design. Verisk individually evaluates each approved design.
The drop ceiling is the fire protection for the column
One-hour UL-listed assembly concrete on steel deck
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