FireWise Consultants educators are both Premier Level Certificate Holders through the International Firestop Council as well as Intertek IQP for Firestop Special Inspection. Our experience can better help educate you efficiently on the information needed to succeed in these programs as well as best prepare you to properly and confidently inspect Firestop in the field.
How we can help GC's, Architects, Owners and Contractors: -Review your construction documents, BIM layout and submittals to confirm the required documents are provided before inspection. (All conditions that require Firestop must have a proper assembly approved by the AHJ and provided to the inspector before any inspection can occur). -Help obtain all missing documents, reduce engineering judgments and expedite the details through the approval process. -We can run a QA/QC program during construction to train installers and review installations prior to inspection to eliminate any missed conditions, inadequate paperwork and poor installations. (The Special Inspector will do visual or destructive testing of the Firestop) -We can work directly with your inspection team to answer any questions or concerns. -Review with the construction/installation team what the requirements of ASTM E 2174 and ASTM E 2393 are and how they will be inspected differently. -Help ensure your building owner is getting the most efficient Firestop installation for the code requirements and buildings long term needs. -Existing Buildings: We can do routine walks and audits of the facilities barriers to ensure they are kept up to code. Work with facility maintenance team and vendors to create training/installation program for future penetrations and inspections.
Training Options -Provide custom, hands on training programs for Special Inspectors, Owners, Architects and Contractors to help fully understand these new requirements and how to properly inspect per these ASTM standards. -We having partnered with the International Firestop Council to be the ONLY authorized presenter of a Four Hour Firestop Product Familiarization Training in lieu of FOUR two hour Manufacturers trainings required for those looking to obtain a Premier Level Certificate for Firestop Special Inspection. -Help train you or your team be prepared to pass specific exams like the IFC or Intertek Qualified Inspector Program. -Walk project sites with you to help teach what to look for, how to visual inspect and how to destructively test Firestop Joints and Penetrations -Review in detail how to read a UL System, how to read an Engineering Judgment and when to allow the use of an EJ. -Full in depth review of leading Firestop Manufacturers Products and how to install/inspect each. -Complete review of ASTM E 2174/E2393 requirements as well as IBC/CBC Code requirements. -Optional Certification Card from 3M, Specified Technologies and Rectorseal.
What Does The Code Say? (2012 IBC and 2013 CBC)
1705.16 Fire-resistant penetrations and joints. In high-rise buildings or in buildings assigned to Risk Category III or IV in accordance with Section 1604.5, special inspections for through-penetrations, membrane penetration firestops, fire resistant joint systems, and perimeter fire barrier systems that are tested and listed in accordance with Sections 7184.108.40.206, 7220.127.116.11, 715.3 and 715.4 shall be in accordance with Section 1705.16.1 or 1705.16.2.
1705.16.1 Penetration firestops. Inspections of penetration firestop systems that are tested and listed in accordance with Sections 718.104.22.168 and 722.214.171.124 shall be conducted by an approved inspection agency in accordance with ASTM E 2174.
1705.16.2 Fire-resistant joint systems. Inspection of fire resistant joint systems that are tested and listed in accordance with Sections 715.3 and 715.4 shall be conducted by an approved inspection agency in accordance with ASTM E 2393.
For clarification, “High Rise Buildings” are those structures greater than 75’ above fire department access. Category III or IV buildings in Section 1604.5 are ‘special occupancies’ .
Contact FireWise Consultants to help review how this Code Change will effect your project and offer ways we can update your documents and coordinate with the construction team to ensure you have an organized system in place to work with these new code requirements.