Non-Load Bearing Partitions

Non-Load Bearing Partitions

Submitted by Jim Nisted, Dryvit Systems, Inc. for publication by CSI 11/15/2017.
Originally published on Technical Services Information Bureau in January 2008, updated in May 2017

Requirements for bracing of non-load bearing partitions over 6 feet in height shall resist the minimum of a 5 (psf ) transverse load, per the International Building Code (IBC) and the California Building Code (CBC). In addition, partitions in seismic zones shall meet IBC section 1613. These partitions shall resist the effects of seismic motions in accordance with ASCE standard 7 (American Society of Civil Engineers). This Bulletin 20.100 provides guidance for bracing non-load bearing partitions to comply with the IBC code requirements, ASCE and OSHPD (Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development) Title 24 Part 2, Volume 2 (structural).*

Partitions that are tied to a lay-in acoustical ceiling suspension system and all partitions greater than 6 feet in height, shall be laterally braced to the building structure. Such bracing shall be independent of the ceiling splay wire bracing.

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