- FCIA Firestop Industry Conference
- FCIA Website as a presentation tool
- FCIA Insurance
- Call for Presentations
FCIA Firestop Industry Conference - Bring your spouse
and don't miss this event that celebrates FCIA's 5 Year Anniversary!
Seminars are planned on Perimeter Fire Containment Systems,
FM 4991 Approval Procedures, Fire Walls / Floors and Effective
Compartmentation Components, FCIA's AIA CEU Presentations
and how you can qualify to present AIA CEU Programs, and how
firestopping fits into the big picture. And, the FCIA Program
Committee has scheduled some free time for touring, a golf
& fishing tournament, and fun to round out the experience.
Find for Meeting
and Travel Information on our website. Call CTMG for Travel
Info and ask for Dianne, (800) 323-3800 x523).
FCIA Website a Presentation Tool - Barclay Meyers,
Nexlevel Construction Solutions, Toronto, found a way to show
a professional firestopping industry presentation on the fly.
"We handled a last minute firestopping presentation just
by going to FCIA.org, UL, and other 3M and other sites via
links from the site. The Architect/Engineer really enjoyed
the program, and wanted to archive the program for reference
material. The moral of the story is, if you are in a hurry
and need a firestopping presentation, visit www.fcia.org
. Cruise the site's resources, presentations and links to
inform the crowd of all the latest info on Firestopping. Thanks,
Barclay for the suggestion.
FCIA Organized Insurance Program for Firestopping Contractors
- Over the past year, FCIA has been working with a major Insurance
Firm to assemble an insurance program for Firestop Contractor
Members that includes discounts for membership and FM 4991
Approval. We're also working with the firm to add a new classification
to the insurance world .... Firestopping. Premiums may not
represent those of insulators, plasterers, or others. We'll
have our own classification, which helps justify Firestopping
further as a trade. We've come to the point where it's time
to summarize the premium dollars possible to obtain a market
to implement the program. Watch for survey in the next 60
days that may help us all buy insurance wisely....as a group
of Firestopping Contractors.
FM 4991 Approved Contractors & ASTM E 2174 are in
MasterSpec / BSD SpecLink - The Quality Process is a multiple
faceted program. Specialty Firestop Contractors, some of whom
are FM 4991 Approved, coupled with ASTM E 2174 Inspection
is the quality process in the Construction Industry. Master
specification packages architects use to write specifications
have inserted into Firestopping Specifications the "Quality
Process" using Specialty Firestop Contactors, Inspected
to ASTM E 2174 Protocol. Together, the programs are powerful.
For information about FM
Approval visit our website.
FCIA visits with Chicago Officials - FCIA met with
Stan Kaderback, Commissioner, Department of Buildings at the
City of Chicago with Brian Bernardoni from the Chicago Association
of Realtors. From what we've heard, Chicago supports the use
of Effective Compartmentation in addition to Sprinklers and
Alarms and Detection. Chicago's Buildings Committee is reviewing
Fire and Life Safety requirements for High Rise Buildings
as a result of the 69 W. Washington fire where over 20 people
perished. Watch for more as hearings continue.
FCIA Members fill need for Maintenance - Effective
Compartmentation, like other building products, performs when
properly Installed (FCIA Member, FM 4991 Contractor), Inspected
(Fire/Code Official or inspector following ASTM E 2174) and
Maintained. FCIA supported the National Association of State
Fire Marshals, International Fire Code Change Proposal to
require maintenance of Effective Compartmentation elements
during Code Hearings in Kansas City this May.
Firestopping, Fire Dampers, Fire Walls/Floors, Fire Doors
all need inspection and maintenance during the building's
life cycle to be effective when needed. Additionally, education
of building occupants about the need to keep fire doors from
obstructions, etc., are also part of maintaining effective
compartmentation. FCIA Member Contractors have been providing
effective compartmentation maintenance services to customers
for years and are well qualified to fill these maintenance
needs that may have been overlooked in the past. Rich Walke,
UL's Architectural Services Manager, Scott Rankin, Pyro-Stop,
LLC, FCIA Past President, will give us some hints about this
important business while we're in St. Thomas at the Firestop
STI receives award at SFPE - Specified Technologies,
Inc., as a gold sponsor for the Society of Fire Protection
Engineers, received an award and the opportunity to be part
of an SFPE high level roundtable. Working with the industry
to promote Fire and Life Safety always makes a difference.
FCIA Display Available to FCIA Members - If any FCIA
Contractor Member wants to use the FCIA Booth at a local event,
reply to this email to get on the schedule. The trade show
display ships in a self contained approx. 70lb container.
FCIA Call for Presentations - FCIA's Program Committee
is always looking for good programs for FCIA Conferences.
The Call for Presentations for FCIA's Education and Committee
Action Conference is open from now until January 30, 2005.
Do you, or do you know of someone who has some new information
to share? Email us with particulars of the program you suggest.
Tax Planning, Never to early to research - The Construction
area of www.IRS.gov provides information on federal construction
industry tax topics. The site has useful info for construction
industry firms. Here's a few pieces of content; Publications
and forms, Income and employment tax tips, Tax preparation
information and filing obligation, Construction Audit Technique
Guide, etc. Recently added information includes a variety
of educational materials on tax topics such as accounting
methods, burden reduction information, and reports of criminal
cases in the construction industry.
"I do not think there is any other quality so essential
to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It
overcomes almost anything."-- John D. Rockefeller
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interested in furthering life safety through the Professional
Specialty Firestop Contractor Concept.
For more information, contact the
Bill McHugh, Executive Director
1257 Golf Circle
Wheaton, IL 60187
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