Meeting Announcement - The next meeting of the FCIA
will take place in San Antonio, TX March 26-28, 2000. San
Antonio's charming river walk will give an excellent setting
for FCIA to kick off the new year. FCIA will have two meetings
per year with separate committee meetings and special educational
programs from the "Formal Meetings" to further the mission
of FCIA. Thank you for your commitment. Details will appear
in the "Meeting Info" area of the website , next week. Call
630.690.0682 or email for seminar information.
FCIA in the industry - Four members of FCIA attended
the International Firestop Council Meeting in San Diego, CA,
December 2, 1999. Thanks to Kathy Taraba, 1 Source Firestop
- Denver, CO; Lorraine Graves, FireBarrier - San Francisco,
CA; Breck Spain, Performance Contracting, Sacramento, CA;
Scott Rankin, AC and S, Inc, Lancaster, PA for representing
FCIA. (The International Firestop Council is a group of manufacturers
of firestop and fire protection wrap systems for ductwork
and electrical protection.)
Northbrook, IL - Underwriters Laboratories and B&F
Code Consultants, Chicago have teamed up to present seminars
on passive fire protection standards and codes. Seminars are
open to anyone and will be delivered nationwide. The UL Website,
will list sites and dates for the programs. UL is also working
on an electronic web-based version of it's "Fire Resistance
Directory". Look for it on UL's website around April, 2000.
A CD version may be released soon.
Chicago, IL - The FCIA has chosen FM Global (Factory
Mutual) as an initial step to help write the FCIA Accreditation
Program. See committee reports below for more information.
Membership - The FCIA is growing fast. From an original
cast of 7 firms, the association has grown to 39 contractors,
7 manufacturers, 3 distributors and 1 lawyer as members. We've
met our goal of 50 members by the end of 1999. Our goal for
2000 is 75 members. Most importantly, our goal is to involve
new members in the association on committees. Those involved
as members are already reaping benefits from their association
FCIA Committees have been working together further cementing
FCIA as the industry leader for Firestop Systems and Life
Safety in the industry:
Accreditation Committee - Blase Reardon,
(A.F. Underhill, Inc.) Chair, reports that FM Global (Factory
Mutual) has been chosen for the initial step guiding us in
the development of the FCIA Accreditation Program. FM Global
personnel are already meeeting with FCIA members, both in
their offices and at jobsites, to understand the Firestop
Systems Contracting Industry. The Accreditation Committee
will be meeting with FM Personnel January 14, 2000 to discuss
the construction of the program.
Technical Committee - Kathy Taraba, (1 Source
Firestop) Chair, and Tech Committee Members have been writing
their portion of the "Firestop Manual of Practice". Assignments
have been given to members for completion by the January 20,
2000 Technical Committee Meeting at Kathy's cabin in Colorado
(3 hours west of Denver somewhere in the Mountains). Blase
Reardon, Accreditation Committee Chair will attend to tie
together the accreditation and Technical Committe work. "This
committee is really committed to making the Firestop Manual
of Practice document The Firestop Industry Education Source",
Communications Committee - Aedan Gleeson,
(GPI Firestop), Chair, The FCIA Website went online July 15,
1999 and is updated monthly. Check the site out at If you've
written an article, viewpoint or opinion, send it via email
or fax to the FCIA Office for electronic entry to our website.
The Chat Room awaits you! Need a website, the FCIA webmaster
can help you put one "on-line" fast. Contact for more information,
or call FCIA.
Liaison Committee - Breck Spain, (Performance
Contracting) & Don Murphy (PPMI Firestop) co-chairs, - Don
Murphy has joined Breck Spain as Co-Chair of this importang
committee. The Liasion committee has been working with the
various agencies involved in the firestop systems contracting
industry. Other Agencies contacted include, BOCA, SBCCI, ICBO,
AIA, CSI and others. Working with these groups has helped
them understand more about the Firestop Systems Industry and
FCIA Meeting, San Antonio, TX - March 26-28, 2000
- The FCIA Meeting this spring will be held in San Antonio,
Texas. The Riverwalk area is a great place to meet, work and
play. We'll be sure to have fun. This years Golf Tournament,
orgnized by Mike Dominguez, Firestop Specialties, Miami, Florida
looks to be a real attraction.
FCIA Speaking engagements - FCIA will be speaking
at the following events:
Contact the FCIA office for scheduling a seminar.
- Associated Walls and Ceilings Industries (AWCI) Academy
- January 15, 2000 - Atlanta
- National Insulation Assocation Convention Roundtables
- April 15, 2000 - Orlando, Florida
FCIA New Members - Welcome to FCIA. We appreciate
the industry support from these Contractors, Manufacturers
& Distributors of Firestop Systems Products.
- Debrino Caulking Associates - Larry Alvaro - Castelton,
- Firestop Carolinas - Michael Wellons - Mooresville, NC
- Firestop Technologies - Mike Reynolds - Powell, TN
- Wilson-McKenzie Insulation Co. - Roger McKenzie - E. Kennesaw,
- RectorSeal Corporation - Jim Park - Houston, TX
- Exterior Materials, Inc. - Bart Russell - Knoxville
FCIA October Meeting a Success! - The FCIA met in
Atlanta October 13-15, 1999. The Meeting was well attended
with over 60 in the room Thursday. Committee meetings took
place on Wednesday. Thursdays program included presentations
Karen Layng, Esq. - Vedder Price, Chicago, IL-
Karen presented new information on liability in Firestop Systems
installations, Who is Liable? Recommendations to minimize
liability for FCIA Contractors included: Be familiar with
codes and standards; Follow developments in performance based
codes and NFPA/ICC developments; Keep abreast of legal developments
in construction negligence and Firestopping cases; Maintain
insurance and investigate available products, for coverage
of specification, manufacture or installation of these systems.
See Karen's article on the FCIA website www.fcia.org for more
Kelly Reynolds - Code Consultant, Chicago, IL
- Attended the code hearings for the International Building
Code in St. Louis this past September and reported on code
changes. Apparently, the new IBC 2000 code will look much
like the BOCA Code (96), with performance based language included
as well. His perspective was that although some tradeoffs
have occurred eliminating firewalls, that Firestop Systems
in Floor applications will become more important to the ability
of the performance based life safety system to function.
Vickie Lovell - Code Consultant, Intercode Consulting,
Margate, FL -reported on the state of the International
Building Code for the US. Apparently, new performance based
codes are eliminating the need for fire resistance rated assemblies
in buildings. She pointed out that these tradeoffs can cause
safety risks as sprinkler systems are not 100% reliable due
to maintenance, microbial troubles or defective sprinkler
heads. The Alliance for Fire and Smoke Containment and Control
has been formed to address code issues where tradeoffs have
eliminated fire resistance rated assemblies. Formation is
underway. Members will include passive fire protection manufacturers,
contractors and other interested parties from.
John Battles, PE, CBO - Vice President, Technical
Services, Southern Building Code Congress International, Birmingham,
AL - Gave a well prepared program on the code change process.
He stressed that the code is changed by groups like us, communicating
concerns through the formal channels already in place. He
offered many suggestions that FCIA has already started to
implement. (See committee updates)
"War Stories" - Kathy Taraba, Technical Committee
Chair -led a successful war story session with great participation
from the audience. I can only report that "You had to be there".
Accreditation Program Bidders Presetentations
- Factory Mutual, Underwriters Laboratories and Building Professionals
Consortium presented their proposals to the membership for
comment and questions. All attendees were invited to attend
these programs. This is a first in the Firestop Systems Industry.
Never before have contractors, Manufacturers, Distributors,
Code Consultants, a Fire Protection Engineering Professional
and Lawyer been able to view the future of the industry in
Manufacturer Presentations - were well received
by the contractor membership during the FCIA Meeting. Manufacturers
presented topics of their choice....from firestop product
line and technology presentations to business strategies for
the industry and FCIA. We appreciate the high level of professionalism,
hard work and time invested in these programs by our manufacturer
industry partners. (3M, Specified Technologies, Inc., International
Protective Coatings, Johns-Manville, Nelson Fire Stop Products
and Thermafiber, LLC were the Presenters. Thanks from FCIA
to each of you.)
Friday programs - Included an open discussion about
the Accreditation Bidder Presentations. The group agreed to
leave the final choice for the Accreditation Program in the
hands of the Accreditation Committee. (See above for choice
FCIA Golf Outing - Although the course was a bit
"rough", a good time was had by all. Thanks to Scott Farley
of Georgia Firestop who provided "Red Truck Limo Services"
for many of us, we were able to make it back to the hotel
and depart for home. We owe you one Scott!
The Board of Directors of the FCIA thanks the membership,
speakers and interested parties for their part in the meeting.
Our goals were to increase FCIA members understanding of the
Accrediation and Technical Programs, invite new members to
get involved in committees while inviting the manufacturers
to become part of this important industry wide group.
Based on the participation from the industry, our goals
were met. At our March Meeting in San Antonio, we'll have
a chance to review where these programs are in their development,
understand them and offer suggestions as well. A tour of the
Omega Point Fire Test Laboratory is also on the agenda as
We look forward to a successful 2000 with you as an active
member of the FCIA.
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