PHRC Webinars

Fire Protection of Floors — Demonstrating Equivalence Under Act 1

9/11/2012 1:00-2:00 PM


Bryan Heitzmann


Link to Webinar:


This webinar will provide an overview of criteria and testing procedures that can be used to demonstrate the equivalence of alternatives to the 1/2-inch gypsum or 5/8-inch wood structural panel membrane that is required by Act 1 of 2011.This act eliminated sprinkler requirements, but required a protective floor membrane, the installation of which comes with its own set of challenges. This requirement has driven many builders to seek alternatives, which in turn has caused many code officials to struggle with approval.

Learning Objectives

  • Act 1 of 2011
  • ASTM E 119 – Standard Test Methods for Fire Tests of Building Construction and Materials
  • AC14 - Acceptance Criteria for Prefabricated Wood I-Joists


Free to attend; $20 for continuing education credits

Credit Hours


Tags: Fire Resistance



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