The Finishes and Interiors Sector (FIS) has published a revised and updated Specifiers’ Guide to Drylining.  This essential resource will help specifiers and designers with the specification of drylining, and to take account of new working practices, the Building Safety Act and sustainability.

First published in 2022, this revised guide is an invaluable aid to specifiers, designers, installers, and clients. This publication will guide them through some of the key criteria that should be considered when writing a specification for drylining, including partitions, wall linings, and shaft walls. In helping to select a drylining system that will satisfy performance needs, it also includes descriptions of other non-plasterboard, such as calcium silicate board, which is also used in drylined systems. The guide includes top tips when specifying drylining, as well as reference material on regulations for safety, fire performance and standards.

Split into sections, the revised guide covers everything from writing a specification to performance and material characteristics through to installation and inspection. It offers a series of points to consider when carrying out the specification of all types of drywall, and provides updated and revised information including:

  • Addition of Building Safety Act duty holder requirements
  • Updated information on individual, organisational and functional competence management
  • Update to sustainability advice
  • Addition of Code for Construction Product Information (CCPI)
  • New guidance on information management requirements
  • Addition of referenced standards including BS EN 14195 (metal framing components)
  • Changes to BS 8000-8: 2023
  • Removal of BS 8212

The guide sits alongside other FIS Best Practice Guides that relate to drylining:

Commenting on the drylining guides, James Parlour, Vetting and Technical Manager at FIS said: “A well-written specification not only ensures the installation meets the client’s requirements, but it also means the specifier’s requirements are less open to interpretation. Our new and updated guides allow professionals to reduce risks, support compliance, and most importantly of all encourage responsible planning.”

A valuable resource for improving works package delivery, these guides work well when they are included in proposals and project plans to demonstrate how to best approach a project.

You can download the Specifiers’ Guide to Drylining here

For further information or for any questions and comments please contact the FIS at or call 0121-707-0077