ASTM E covers standard practices for on-site inspection of installed firestops. It establishes guidelines to inspect firestops. Fire-resistance-rated construction exists in many new and older buildings throughout the. US and Canada. Gaps are made at the top of walls to allow for. ASTM E / E, Standards for the Inspection of Installed Firestop Systems samples the production process for firestop installation through a standard.

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Investment in the correct contractor, with processes that result in documented systems installed in the field, means that value is received for products, systems, and services. It is the basis of the free enterprise system that each quality program would be individual 2e174 the way a firm is organized to execute a contracted firestopping project can be its competitive advantage. Specialty firestop contractors now have a way to separate themselves from others who have not embraced aetm quality process.

Inspectors tell FCIA that inspection costs rise dramatically with multiple trades and varied field applications involved. Many policies are required by either FM or UL, but each firm is unique in how it selects systems, communicates the appropriate systems to the field, and then ensures that the firestopping is installed to tested and listed awtm standards.

In MarchMike Pfeiffer, vice president of codes at the International Code Council, recommended that the firestopping industry develop standards for quality. Follow Us On Twitter http: The inspection agency is to examine firestopping and determine, in general, that firestopping has been installed in compliance with requirements of a tested and listed firestop system, and that the installation process conforms to FM Where deficiencies are found, the contractor should repair or replace the firestopping so that it complies with the requirements of the tested and listed system design.

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The FM program is quite affordable for a contractor. The new UL program affirms that the subcontractor quality process is gathering momentum.

Contractor Qualifications Acceptable installer firms shall be: Each firm will have its own way of handling the quality process.

The inspector ast, advise the contractor of any deficiencies noted within one working day. Construction process quality is a topic of increasing awareness in the construction industry.

Firestop Systems Contractor Quality and Inspection—a Standard Process

To provide a construction installation protocol program, FCIA created a standard for quality process in the sstm subcontracting industry: The standard then became augmented with one for inspection of joint systems for walltops, expansion and construction joints, plus perimeter fire protection: It xstm designed to be part of the total quality protocol needed for zero-tolerance firestop systems installation.

For a contractor firm to write a quality manual, it must review its processes, procedures, and people.

Follow-up audits are done yearly by FM, with the same destructive testing employed by FM personnel. Why Bother to Become Approved?


We made many changes to what we do and how we performed. Effective quality programs have a procedure for the production process and sampling to be sure the process works. The amount charged for inspection can be staggering.

Below is some FCIA-suggested specification language from www. However, the inspection will cost much more when used with the multiple trade method, as it is difficult to manage anywhere from two to 40 subcontractor firms that touch Effective Compartmentation with their penetrating pipes, ducts, cables, etc.

Firestop Systems Contractor Quality and Inspection—a Standard Process – Insulation Outlook

The contractor should not proceed to enclose firestopping with other construction until the inspection agency has verified that the firestop installation complies with the requirements. Contractor Quality Manuals For a contractor firm to write a quality manual, it must review its processes, procedures, and people. Firestop manufacturers test their products, manufactured to strict tolerances, and publish systems suitable for use as firestops in the Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.

Inspection Inspection should be by an independent inspection agency employed and paid by the owner. Bill McHugh June 1,