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Surface Burning Characteristics of Green Glue • ASTM E-84-04
Samples submitted for evaluation by certified GREEN GLUE installers and were described as:
Green Glue - Visco Elastic Sound Dampening Compound
The material was trowel applied to 1/4” thick reinforced cement board with a 1/8” V-notched trowel. The resulting ridges were flattened out to simulate being compressed between two layers of building materials and forming a composite building unit.
The test samples were conditioned at 70ºF and 50% RH prior to testing.
The test was conducted in accordance with test method ASTM-E84.
METHOD OF SUPPORT:
Three test specimens were placed end to end on the furnace ledge to achieve the required 24 ft. length for each test.
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Flame Test 2
Use of Green Glue In Type I and II Construction and In Fire-Resistance Rated Wall Assemblies.
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The Green Glue Company provides a product called “Green Glue.” Green Glue (GG) is a viscoelastic damping compound that is used to provide soundproofing to wall and ceiling/floor assemblies. Several questions have arisen regarding the use of GG in specific construction situations and this letter provides an analysis regarding the use of GG in those situations.
GG is designed to be a constrained layer damping material and as such it must be placed as a thin layer between two components. When applied between the materials, it forms a partial layer that is very thin (< 1/32 in. thick).
Use In Type I or II Construction
In Section 603 of the 2003 edition of the International Building Code (IBC), provisions are made to allow the use of some combustible materials in Type I and Type II noncombustible construction. §603.1, Item 2 allows the use of thermal and acoustical insulation based on the material’s flame-spread index as determined in the ASTM E84 test method.
GG has been tested in the ASTM E84 test and has exhibited a flame-spread index of 30 and a smoke-developed index of 65. This data is reported in a test report by NGC Testing Services, File FH-1534, Project No. H-337, dated 1/26/05.
Based on the ASTM E84 test results and §603.1, Item 2, GG can be used in Type I and Type II construction when:
As an example, if the GG is placed between two layers of gypsum wallboard, it can be used in Type I or Type II construction.
Use In Fire-resistance Rated Assemblies In All Types of Construction
GG can be used in certain fire-resistance rated assemblies without changing the fireresistance rating of the assemblies. In these cases, a base fire-resistance rated assembly (wall or floor) is constructed per its design or listing. The GG is then applied to one or both exposed surfaces of the fire-resistance rated assembly and a layer or sheet of appropriate material is added to the assembly. The following are several examples of this:
A 1-hour, fire-resistance rated wall is constructed using one layer of 5/8 in. thick, Type X gypsum wallboard attached to each side of steel or wood studs. In this case, the application of the GG and another layer of material such as gypsum wallboard (any type, thickness) to one or both sides of the rated wall assembly will not derate the fire-resistance of the rated assembly.
A 2-hour, fire-resistance rated wall is constructed using two layers of 5/8 in. thick, Type X gypsum wallboard attached to each side of steel or wood studs. In this case, the application of the GG and another layer of material such as gypsum wallboard (any type, thickness) to one or both sides of the rated wall assembly will not derate the fire-resistance of the rated assembly.
The rationale for these applications is that the addition of layers to a fire-resistance rated assembly will typically not reduce the fire resistance of the assembly unless the additional layer(s) is highly insulative. The layers of material in this application are not highly insulative.
Another potential application of the GG is as component in a fire-resistance rated assembly.
The following are several examples of this:
In these cases, the GG is placed as a very thin partial layer between components of a fireresistance rated assembly. Due to GG's thinness its contribution to a change in performance would be little, if any.
Additional limitations for the use of GG in fire-resistance rated assemblies are:
In summary, Green Glue can be used in Type I or Type II construction per IBC §603.1, Item 2. Green Glue can also be used in fire resistance rated assemblies (walls and floors) with the limitations as described above and will not derate the fire resistance of those assemblies. I hope that this information is of assistance and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.