Fire Ratings

Class A

All Ceilume Ceiling Tiles and Panels are Class A rated for surface burning characteristics, flame spread, and smoke development per ASTM E84 - 14 Standard Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials and in accordance with CAN/ULC-S102-10 Standard Method of Test for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials and Assemblies.

California State Fire Marshal LISTING No. 2200-1622:100 (PDF)


Flame Class V-0

All Ceilume Ceiling Tiles and Panels are Flame Class V-0 per UL 94 Standard for Safety of Flammability of Plastic Materials for Parts in Devices and Appliances.


Sprinklers Penetrating Ceiling Panels

Ceilume Ceiling Panels are Class A interior finish lay-in panels for use in approved suspended ceiling framing systems in non-fire-resistance-rated floor-ceiling or roof-ceiling assemblies. The panels comply with Section 803 of the 2012, 2009, and 2006 IBC.

International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO)

Summary of report is shown below. For full text, please Download Evaluation Report 0310.

1.0 Scope of Evaluation

  • 1.1 Compliance to the following codes and regulations:

    2012, 2009, and 2006 International Building Code® (IBC).

  • 1.2 Evaluated in accordance with:

    ICC-ES ACC 12, approved June 2012

  • 1.3 Properties assessed:

    • Interior finish classification
    • Thermal stability
    • Physical properties

2.0 Product Use

Ceilume Ceiling Tiles are Class A interior finish lay-in panels for use in approved suspended ceiling framing systems in non-fire-resistance-rated floor-ceiling or roof-ceiling assemblies. The panels comply with Section 803 of the 2012, 2009, and 2006 IBC.

4.0 Design and Installation

  • 4.3 Installation with ceiling sprinklers penetrating tiles - oversized hole:

    Panels, in both nominal thicknesses of 0.013 inch (0.33 mm) and 0.03 inch (0.76 mm), may be installed by themselves. Sprinklers shall be located a maximum of 3 inches (76 mm) below the ceiling grid. Standard trim rings/escutcheons may be used at sprinkler penetrations. When trim rings/escutcheons are used corresponding openings in panel tiles shall be a minimum of 0.25 inch (6.3 mm) larger than the outer diameter of the trim ring/escutcheon to enable tiles to fall from the ceiling grid without becoming entangled with the sprinkler or interfering with its operation. When escutcheons are not used the opening in panel tiles shall be a minimum of 0.25 inch (6.3 mm) greater than the sprinkler head.

  • 4.4 Installation with ceiling sprinklers penetrating tiles - refacing mineral fiber - penetrations only:

    At sprinkler penetrations panels in nominal thickness of 0.03 inch (0.76 mm) shall be installed beneath mineral fiber tiles. Sprinklers shall be located a maximum of 3 inches (76 mm) below the ceiling grid. Standard trim rings/escutcheons may be used at penetrations. When trim ring/escutcheons are used corresponding opening in panel tiles shall be 1/4 inch (6.3 mm) smaller than the outer diameter of the trim ring/escutcheon. When trim rings/escutcheons are not used the opening in panel tiles shall be a minimum of 1/4 inch (6.3 mm) larger in diameter than the sprinkler head.

  • 4.5 Installation with ceiling sprinklers penetrating tiles - refacing mineral fiber - full ceiling:

    Panels in 0.03 inch (0.76 mm) thickness may be installed beneath mineral fiber tiles throughout the ceiling, and shall be installed beneath mineral fiber at sprinkler penetrations. Standard trim rings/escutcheons shall be used at sprinkler penetrations, in accordance with Section 4.3


Drop-Out Ceiling Panels beneath Sprinklers

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Ceilume's approved drop-out ceiling panels can be installed beneath fire sprinklers. When exposed to heat from a developing fire, drop-out ceiling panels soften, distort, and fall from the ceiling grid. Heat from the growing fire activates the sprinkler which, unimpeded by the panels, controls or extinguishes the fire.

Drop-out ceilings have several significant advantages:

  1. They offer a visually uncluttered appearance.
  2. They provide protection for the sprinklers - making them less prone to accidental knocks, tampering, and the potential water damage that can result.
  3. They simplify sprinkler design at clouds and other design features as the sprinklers are located above the dropped ceiling.
  4. They're cost effective as they eliminate the need to "drop" (lower) the sprinklers, make sprinkler positioning simple so installers only make one trip instead of two, allow for the use of less costly, non-appearance grade sprinklers, and eliminate the need for trim rings/escutcheons.

Consult with your local building/fire officials to make sure that your intended use will conform with the appropriate local codes.

International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO)

Summary of report is shown below. For full text, please Download Evaluation Report 0310.

1.0 Scope of Evaluation

  • 1.1 Compliance to the following codes and regulations:

    2012, 2009, and 2006 International Building Code® (IBC).

  • 1.2 Evaluated in accordance with:

    ICC-ES ACC 12, approved June 2012

  • 1.3 Properties assessed:

    • Interior finish classification
    • Thermal stability
    • Physical properties

2.0 Product Use

Ceilume Ceiling Tiles are Class A interior finish lay-in panels for use in approved suspended ceiling framing systems in non-fire-resistance-rated floor-ceiling or roof-ceiling assemblies. The panels comply with Section 803 of the 2012, 2009, and 2006 IBC.

4.0 Design and Installation

  • 4.6 Installation with ceiling sprinklers above ceiling tiles - concealed sprinklers - full ceiling:

    Panels, both 0.013 (0.33 mm) and 0.03 (0.76 mm) thickness, may be installed by themselves throughout the ceiling below sprinkler heads, pursuant to sections 5.3 through 5.15 of this report.

FM Global

Summary of report is shown below. For full text, please Download Approval Class 4651.

0.013" thick ceilling panels are designed to be heat sensitive, promptly moving out of their setting, and will not significantly interfere with the operation of automatic sprinklers located above. When other building components and occupancy do not require sprinkler protection, these products may be used without creating such a need.

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

Ceilume ceiling panels listed by either UL LLC and/or FM Approvals meet the requirements of NFPA 13 for use as drop-out ceiling panels installed below ceiling sprinklers.

For more information, please Download the Analysis Concerning the Use of Drop-Out Ceiling Tiles and NFPA 13.

CertMark International

Summary of report is shown below. For full text, please Download Evaluation Report CER-3101.

1.0 Evaluation Scope

  • 1.1 Compliance with the following codes:

    2012, 2009, and 2006 International Building Code® (IBC).

    Properties evaluated:

    • Interior finish classification
    • Thermal stability
    • Physical properties

5.0 Ceiling Tiles beneath Sprinklers

Ceilume Ceiling Tiles are recognized for use as drop-out ceiling panels beneath sprinklers in concealed sprinkler installations, subject to the authorities having jurisdiction.

Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.® (UL)

Summary of report is shown below. For full text, please Download File Number R4036.

0.013" thick ceiling panels in Premiere colors may be used beneath Standard Response (SR) sprinkler systems rated with an activation temperature of 165°F or above, where allowed by local fire safety authorities.

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