Code Enforcement Officials may access information by clicking on the appropriate lines of text below. Publications of special interest include GA-600 Fire Resistance Design Manual, and GA-216 Application and FINISHING OF GYPSUM PANEL PRODUCTS.

The Gypsum Association maintains evaluation reports issued by code bodies or jurisdictions, specifically the International Code Council (ICC Evaluation Service, Inc.), and the City of Los Angeles. These reports demonstrate code compliance and acceptance of specific gypsum materials and systems. In addition, this page allows you to access information about specific building code compliance issues that may arise from time to time.

ICC Evaluation Service, Inc.

ESR-1338 recognizes gypsum products for specific interior and exterior applications, and references the Association’s Fire Resistance Design Manual, GA-600, for various load-bearing and nonload-baring fire-resistance-rated wall, floor-ceiling, and roof-ceiling gypsum board assemblies. Some assemblies are also recognized for sound transmission control.

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International Building Code

Published by International Code Council, Falls Church, VA

Footnotes m to Table 721.1(1); o to Table 721.1(2); and q to Table 721.1(3) of the 2012 International Building Code state “Generic fire-resistance ratings (those not designated as PROPRIETARY in the listing) in the GA 600 shall be accepted as if herein listed. Table 2508.1 of the 2012 International Building Code lists “GA-216″ (Specification: Application and Finishing of Gypsum Panel Products) as a reference standard to be followed in the application and finishing of gypsum board.

International Residential Code For One-And Two-Family Dwellings

Published by the International Code Council, Falls Church, VA

Footnote h to Table 602.3(1) of the 2012 International Residential Code references Specification: Application of Gypsum Sheathing, GA-253, in stating “Gypsum sheathing shall….be installed in accordance with GA 253…..”

Uniform Building Code

Published by International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO), Whittier, CAL

Footnote a to Tables 7-A, 7-B, and 7-C of the 1997 Uniform Building Code states “Generic fire-resistance ratings (those not designated as PROPRIETARY* in the listing) in the Fire-Resistance Design Manual, Fourteenth Edition, dated April 1994, as published by the Gypsum Association, may be accepted as if herein listed.”

City of New York

MEA and BSA numbers are NOT required for fire-resistance rated gypsum systems in the City of New York.

National Fire Codes

Published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Quincy, MA

The National Fire Codes also reference the Fire Resistance Design Manual, GA-600. For example, NFPA 90A, Installation of Air Conditioning and Ventilating Systems, 2006 Edition, mandates that “Gypsum board systems shall be constructed in accordance with the Gypsum Association (GA) Fire Resistance Design Manual.”