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Introduction to Designing Gypsum Shaftwalls (BSP723)

Course Description:

The goal of this course is to provide the design professional with a better understanding of the basic functions, construction methods, and components of gypsum shaftwall systems so that they may make more informed decisions when specifying these systems. This course will introduce the components of gypsum shaftwall systems, where and how they are typically used, and how to properly specify them using current CSI MasterFormatTM divisions. Basic aspects of gypsum construction methodology are discussed for shaftwalls and non-shaftwall applications.

Learning Objectives:

  • Functionally define a shaftwall, and describe the essential features of shaftwall design
  • Describe two basic approaches to shaftwall design, and some significant features of each
  • Describe each of the four basic components of a gypsum shaftwall, including information that affects design decisions
  • Explain why horizontal shaftwalls are needed, and the key problem of their design
  • State the proper categories for the 2004 CSI MasterFormat Specification for gypsum wall assemblies, and reasons why the revision is important
  • Describe three specific ways that specifying a gypsum shaftwall affects the design and progress of the overall building project
  • Explain the role of gypsum shaftwall construction in the implementation of the post-9/11 code requirements requiring higher impact resistance
  • Describe two characteristics of any construction situation that suggest using the gypsum shaftwall constn. process
Credits: AIA 1 AIA (HSW HSW)

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