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Firestopping Inspection Pocket Guide (Free PDF Download)
Inspection Guidelines for Through-Penetration Firestops, Fire resistant Joint Systems, Perimeter Fire Barriers, and Duct Enclosures – 5th Edition
Hardcopy Pocket Guide booklets are available for $4 each at our Online Store
Engineering Judgment Guidelines
IFC Guidelines for Evaluating Engineering Judgments
IFC Guidelines for Evaluating Engineering Judgments – Perimeter Fire Barrier Systems
IFC Guidelines for Evaluating Engineering Judgments – Air Ducts
IFC Guidelines for Evaluating Engineering Judgments – Grease Ducts
Yours, Mine or Ours — Who is Responsible for the Firestopping?
Guide for Protection of Recessed Boxes in Fire-rated Walls Using Firestop Putty Pads, Box Inserts, Cover Plate Gaskets and Endothermic Mats
How To Avoid Firestopping Liability
Continuity Head-of-wall Joint Systems
Ducts - Providing Clarity on Fire Rated Ventilation Ducts and Assemblies, categories HNLJ and HNLN - UL
IFC White Paper - Fire Resistive Duct Assemblies ASTM E119, ASTM E2816, ISP 6944-1 and the I-Codes
Maintaining Life Safety Effectiveness in the New Building Codes -- Richard Licht, P.E.
Balancing Active and Passive Fire Protection Systems in the Building Codes - Richard Licht, P.E.
IFC Recommended Guidelines for Performing Destructive Testing for Installed Penetration Firestop Systems, Fire-Resistive Joint Systems, or Perimeter Fire Barrier Systems
Overview of Fire Protection in Buildings
Repair of Fire-Rated Gypsum Panel Product Systems
Membrane Penetrations in Fire-Resistance Rated Walls
How do I know if an outlet box can be used in a fire-rated assembly?
Where to search for a tested and listed system for a specific application
Underwriters Laboratories Requires creation of a free account on first use
Select "Building Materials...", and then select the type of penetration or joint firestop system you're looking for
"Top 12 Firestop Deficiencies - By John Valiulis, P.E. and Scott Phillips, ASTM
Barrier Smarts - By George Mills and William E. Koffel, NFPA
The Basics of Passive Fire Protection - By Jenna M. Aker, "Buildings Magazine"
Facility Alterations Can Affect Firestop Systems - By John P. Sinisi, "Facilitiesnet"
Firestop Systems – By David J. Volk, P.E., “Canadian Consulting Engineer”
Firestopping & Fireblocking: What’s the Difference? – By Vickie J. Lovell , “PM Engineer Magazine”
Firestopping: Fortifying the Front Line - By Jerry Heid, "zerointernational.com"
Firestopping Fact & Fiction By James Stahl Jr., "Insulation.org"
Common Firestop Code Violations - By Eirene Oliphant, MCP, "ICC Building Safety Journal"
Improving Firestopping for HVAC Duct Penetrations in Fire-Rated Walls - By James Stahl Jr. "Insulation.org"
Stopping Fire in Its Tracks - Part One - By Riley Archer, "International Fire Protection Magazine"
Fighting Fire with Sealants - By Dave Smith, "Adhesives & Sealants Industry"
Use of Differential Scanning Calorimetry Testing to Predict the Aging Behavior of Firestop Materials - By Udo Woersdoerfer & John Valiulis
Owners can manage abandoned MEP installations and save money
Cable firestopping: how to find and choose the best solutions for your application
Perimeter Fire Barrier Systems: Taking a team approach to fire-safe construction
Developments in Fire-Rated Fire Protection Cabinets for Walls
Plastic Pipe and Fire Safety - By Joe Zicherman, "PM Engineer Magazine"
Drain, Waste and Vent Pipe Transitions - By Naki Ocran & Khash Vorell
Information About Firestop
Inspection Guidelines for Penetration Firestop Systems and Fire Resistive Joint Systems in Fire Resistance Rated Construction-5th Edition
One-page schematic of IBC firestop requirements
Firestop sealants will typically shrink while curing
"Point of Contact" penetration firestop systems do not allow a continuous point of contact (zero annular space)
Emerging Trends in Firestopping
The Hose Stream Test
UL Fire Resistive Assemblies and Systems Search
Saving Lives Through Passive Fire Protection
Ruskin Damper instructions related to optional use of firestop sealants: Document 1, Document 2
Teach Yourself About Firestop
(via PowerPoint presentations)
Firestop Overview – Just the Basics
Flexible Fire Resistive Duct Enclosures
Perimeter Curtain Walls
Firestop System Selection
Comprehensive Firestop Tutorial (96 slides)
Impact of building code changes on Fire Service Safety (FireEngineering.com)
Is the IBC Meeting its Intent? "FireEngineering.com"
Past webinar recordings
Topic: "Special inspection of Firestopping: Understanding and Complying with the 2012 IBC Requirements".
Presenters: John Valiulis (Hilti), Patrick Tesche (Global FPG)
The webinar summarizes and explains the 2012 IBC requirements for Special Inspection of firestopping for penetrations and joints in fire resistance rated construction. It also explains the tools and resources developed by the International Firestop Council to help train people who wish to conduct firestop inspections, and to verify and document their knowledge and understanding via examination.
Find out about the free IFC online education program developed specially for firestop 3rd party inspectors!