Traditional fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) ceiling tiles and wall panels have been used since the 1950’s and 1960’s in building nationwide. Innovations in new plastic ceiling tiles and non-fiberglass reinforced plastic (NRP) wall panels offer an excellent alternative. New plastic ceiling tiles are waterproof, mold-resistant, and can provide numerous sustainable design benefits. At the same time, NRP improves on the benefits of FRP such as mold, bacteria, moisture, chemical and stain resistance. It is also a sustainable product with fewer health hazards.

This course will compare materials used for ceiling tiles and wall panels, as well as describe their importance in mitigating moisture issues and designing sustainable, healthy buildings.

Learning Objectives

  • Compare and contrast traditional fiberglass reinforced wall panels (FRPs) and mineral fiber suspended ceiling tiles with products manufactured from sustainable, waterproof, plastic.
  • Describe the dangers of moisture intrusion and mold growth in building systems and their effect on occupants and equipment.
  • Explore how wall panels and ceiling tiles can be specified to promote improved indoor air quality and meet requirements for the WELL Building Standard and LEED rating system.
  • Identify design options and applications for the different types of non-fiberglass reinforced plastic wall panels and ceiling tiles.

Basic knowledge of ceiling tile and wall panel specification.