Is 5/8" Firecode Sheetrock Required In A Church Building?

 
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Old 01-23-2018, 07:52 PM   #1
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Is 5/8" Firecode Sheetrock Required In A Church Building?


a church in Port Arthur, TX is trying to rebuild and the sheetrock needs to be replaced. Is 5/8" FC required as it's a meeting place with people or is 1/2" code compliant?
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Ask your building inspector as they will be the one to say yea or nay.

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Itís a volunteer project and Iím not coordinating it, just trying to offer advice.


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Go to your building department and ask them.
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Where there's a lot of traffic 5/8"Type X will hold up better than 1/2" regardless of it's it required or not. If you're doing the lid and the cj's are 24" o.c. 5/8" won't sag nearly as much as 1/2"
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If the church is financially solvent, Why not masonry that will survive the next flood surge and or Hurricane events?

Post disaster is when a sound church does the most good for its members and neighbors.

Are you in a flood zone, and what is the wind exposure map wind speed rating.....

Maybe it time to raise the FFL a couple of feet or more...

"sheet rock needs to be replaced..." didn't God just give you a heads up to up grade?

The code is a BARE minimum, if the church can't afford to rebuild with storm resistant materials and methods, maybe it is time to close the doors and go to a church with sound leadership?
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if the church can't afford to rebuild with storm resistant materials and methods, maybe it is time to close the doors and go to a church with sound leadership?

Not all churches are suburban mega churches with a wealthy client base. As a matter of fact, some of the poorest churches I've been to were the ones who's members set the greatest example of following Jesus' teachings.

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If you scrounge up enough for a permit... You can talk to the inspector! If not, 1/2" will be perfectly fine with ME!
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This church, like ALL churches in the USA, gets a pass on taxes as a Not for profit organization.... Doesn't that have some kind of return for the local people who paid $ for the existence of this building, even the Non-members of it?

Isn't there a responsibility for the church's Sexton's or Elders or whatever to build a building(s) that can survive garden variety bad weather?

Church structures should strengthen communities, not be a hand grenades of liabilities... IMHO

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Damn! This thread really took a giant s$+t somewhere along the line.... Didn't see that coming.

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AustinDB: You need to check with the FEMA flood map data base, use of the wrong material might add to flood insurance premiums and or disqualify the structure for insurance or relief funds.

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