FCIA "News You Can Use" Blog
March 1, 2017
Special Inspection for Firestopping to the ASTM Standards
Did You Know....
The 2012 and 2015 International Building Code requires special inspection of firestopping in certain types of structures. High-Rise and also critical structures in Table 1604.5 need to be inspected to ASTM E 2174 and ASTM E 2393, Standards For the On-Site Inspection of Installed Firestops.
Inspection Agencies that want to prove their competence in inspection and firestopping look to International Accreditation Services (IAS) Accreditation Criteria AC 291.
IAS is a global organization with accredited firms in the Middle East and USA. An IAS AC 291 Inspection Agency builds a management system where its procedures are audited by IAS personnel to verify that procedures for special inspection are followed. For Firestopping, the responsible person at the inspection agency must pass the FM or UL Firestop Exam. Both these exams are based on the FCIA Firestop Manual of Practice, a 1,000 page document that is the compendium of firestop knowledge. Classes for the exam are offered at FCIA’s Conferences and Symposiums.
Learn the Real Story of Special Inspection in the International Building Code
In addition to an IAS AC 291 Accredited Inspection Agency, a FCIA Member, Manufacturer Educated AND FM 4991 Approved OR UL/ULC Qualified Firestop Contractor is a must. Why? Firestop Contractors who don’t understand the zero-tolerance installation protocol of systems to the listings, cause inspection costs to skyrocket to the building owner.
GC’s, Building Owners and Managers, hire the best. Hire a FCIA Member, FM 4991 Approved or UL Qualified Firestop Contractor with inspection by an IAS AC 291 Accredited Inspection Agency.
Hire a Firestop Contractor and a Firestop Inspection Agency/Consultant. Find one today.