Quiet Multi-Family Spaces

Premier SIPs Pass Testing Requirements for Sound Transmission and Fire Resistance

It’s a challenge to get a stick-framed structure to meet both sound transmission and fire resistance ratings, but with Premier SIPs it can be done quickly and cost effectively.

Sound control is important in lodging structures, multi-family apartments, condominium complexes, as well as Senior Living Facilities or any building that includes dwelling units with shared walls.  Shared walls can mean unwanted noise from the unit next door and shared corridors can also mean less privacy.

For newer or remodeled multi-family housing units, Building Codes throughout the United States require a measure of sound privacy between dwelling units.  The International Building Code (IBS) specifies a minimum architectural design standard of privacy of 50 STC (Sound Transmission Class).

THE SIPS SOLUTION

Testing by an independent laboratory confirms that Premier Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) reduce sound transmission, for a quieter indoor environment.  Certain wall assemblies using the panels achieve sound transmission class ratings (STC) of up to 58 and 59 – well above the STC 50 requirement for walls separating dwelling units.  Notably, these assemblies are also ASTM E119 hourly fire-rated assemblies.

Premier SIPs provide builders and designers with energy efficiency, high STC ratings and hourly fire-rated assemblies in a framing system that the contractor can install very quickly.  With today’s construction labor shortages, Premier SIPs offers an exceptional system with fewer labor requirements than traditional framing products.

WALL TYPES CURRENTLY USED TO ACHIEVE REQUIRED STC RATINGS

Current-Wall-illustration_STC-ratings-150x150Wall types currently used to achieve required STC ratings.  STC 55 (Top), STC 57 (Bottom)

STC 55

  • Double 1/2″ Type X gypsum wallboard both sides
  • Two rows 2″x4″ studs 16″ o.c. or 24″ o.c. staggered
  • Absorptive material one side

STC 57

  • 1/2″ Type X gypsum wallboard both sides
  • Two rows 2″x4″ studs 16″ o.c. or 24″ o.c. on common 2″x6″ plate set 1″ apart
  • Absorptive material both sides

THE NEW FAST AND EFFICIENT SOUND WALL

SIP-Wall-illustration-_STC-rating-48-or-52STC 48 or STC 49

STC 48 or STC 52

  • 5/8″ Type X gypsum wallboard both sides
  • Premier SIP
  • Proprietary sound clip with 2 1/2″ batt insulation

AND THE NEW FAST AND EFFICIENT SOUND WALL WITH AN HOURLY RATING

SIP-Wall-illustration-_STC-rating-48-or-52STC  58 or STC 59

STC 58 or STC 59

  • Double 5/8″ Type X gypsum wallboard both sides
  • Premier SIP
  • Proprietary sound clip with 2 1/2″ batt insulation

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As the oldest manufacturer in the SIPs industry, Premier’s SIP system is the proven prefabricated building envelope framing system for your next commercial or residential structure. Faster, stronger, and greener than outdated lumber framing methods, SIPs are the future of framing. Join the other thousands of structures built with SIPs, and contact the expert in your local region to get started.

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