The use of sturdy and fire-resistant materials has become more and more important to architects and owners, and for good reason. This means that manufacturers have had to increase their standards to meet those expectations. One area with stringent regulation is fire-resistance. The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) fire and flammability standards are involved in the testing and evaluation of the ignition, burning or combustion characteristics of certain materials. These fire and flammability standards are instrumental in the establishment of building codes, insurance requirements, and other fire regulations that govern the use of building materials.
Anodizing is an electrochemical process that converts the metal surface into a decorative, durable, corrosion-resistant, anodic oxide finish. Anodized finishes have made aluminum one of the most respected and widely used materials today in the production of thousands of consumer, commercial and industrial products.
On June 23rd of 2018, OSHA began enforcement of tougher standards on human exposure to crystalline silica - known to cause lung cancer, silicosis, and other potentially debilitating respiratory diseases. With OSHA enforcement and citations on the rise, anyone in charge of worker safety should be paying attention.
The best metal ceiling system for exterior architectural applications. Butt-joint panels, individually accessible, rated to withstand winds up to 140 mpg and be perforated for acoustics.
PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) coating allows stainless steel to be colored for a variety of uses in architecture and beyond. Learn more about how this material is used to enhance design and functionality in ceilings, walls, and cladding.
A comparison of four the North America's biggest acoustical plaster suppliers. This guide covers acoustical data, fire rating, materials, VOC and mold testing, compression strength and density, and light reflectance (LRV). Compare manufacturers by the numbers.
Newmat has provided the architectural, design, acoustical, and lighting communities with the most creative and technically advanced ceiling system on the market. Invented over three decades ago in Sweden as a remedy for damaged plaster ceilings, PVC stretch ceilings became an ideal solution for this particular situation.Read more here and learn about Newmat ceiling products.