ICC Subscriptions
 
SECTION 2509 GYPSUM BOARD IN SHOWERS AND WATER CLOSETS

2509.1 Wet areas.


Showers and public toilet walls shall conform to Sections 1210.2 and 1210.3.

2509.2 Base for tile.


Cement, fiber-cement or glass mat gypsum backers in compliance with ASTM C 1178, C 1288 or C 1325 and installed in accordance with manufacturer recommendations shall be used as a base for wall tile in tub and shower areas and wall and ceiling panels in shower areas. Water-resistant gypsum backing board shall be used as a base for tile in water closet compartment walls when installed in accordance with GA-216 or ASTM C 840 and manufacturer recommendations. Regular gypsum wallboard is permitted under tile or wall panels in other wall and ceiling areas when installed in accordance with GA-216 or ASTM C 840.

2509.3 Limitations.


Water-resistant gypsum backing board shall not be used in the following locations:

1.   Over a vapor retarder in shower or bathtub compartments.
2.   Where there will be direct exposure to water or in areas subject to continuous high humidity.
3.   On ceilings where frame spacing exceeds 12 inches (305 mm) o.c. for ½-inch-thick (12.7 mm) water-resistant gypsum backing board and more than 16 inches (406 mm) o.c. for 5/8-inch-thick (15.9 mm) water-resistant gypsum backing board.