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Magnesium Oxide Board: Is it the Drywall of the future?

To create a board,  Magnesium oxide is reacted with either magnesium chloride, magnesium sulfate or phosphates forming a cement mixture  that can be cast into thin panels using fiberglass mat reinforcing. These panels are then specially cured to make them useable in residential and commercial building project applications. The result is a strong alternative sheathing material with antimicrobial properties that can  be used over wood and metal structural framing. It is used for walls, ceilings, subfloors, cladding and other building applications, where  gypsum, plywood, or cement might traditionally be found.

The advantage over traditional gypsum is that the board is highly resistant to damage from water, fire, impact, insects and mould.

There are two CMHC reports for existing magnesium oxide manufacturers in Canada. Differences exist in the chlorine content of the board- and can lead to potential corrosion. Concerns over quality of off-shore manufacturers has been the impetus for the formation of MOCA, the Magnesium Oxide Cement Association.

Recent bulletins from CCMC focus on some problems associated with its use even though CCMC themselves have listing for the board.

Peter Francis and Mike Van Geyn of Firestance  Professional Services Ltd will provide some of the technical background, properties, advantages as well as quality control issues arising from use of the Board compared to conventional gypsum wallboard.

Date: October 24, 2017
Time: Registration and Reception 5:30pm
Location: False Creek Yacht Club (1661 Granville Street)
Cost: Members - $35; Non-members $40. Please bring cash or a cheque payable to BC Society of Fire Protection Engineers to cover the cost of dinner.
Registration Deadline: October 20, 2017

Free parking is available in the Yacht Club parking lot.

Start date: 
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 17:30
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