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Events Calendar

 

 

Join NFCA for the 2018 Fireproofing Educational Conference March 14-16, 2018, San Diego, CA

One FREE Registration is included in your 2018 Contractor Membership!

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2018 Contractor Accreditation Program IFRM and SFRM Training March 12-14, 2018

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Paradise Point Resort & Spa Reservation deadline February 9, 2018

Book online or Call 800-344-2626 and reference NFCA Conference

 

NFCA Free Webinar Series - Silica Part II

Thursday, September 27, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Central Time

Eric Potorski, National Sales Manager, Ruwac, will take you step by step through the new silica standard. Covering everything from exposure limits, methods of compliance specific to fireproofing material, respiratory protection, housekeeping, medical surveillance, and record keeping. An overview of the steps required for OSHA compliance, made simple. Get the facts! Presentation avaiable in the Members Only Section.

NFCA Fire Resistance in Buildings Seminar & UL Fire Test Facility Tour-

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - Embassy Suites by Hilton, 1445 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield, IL

All attendees must register – space is limited and first come first serve.
• Free for Architects, Specifiers, Building Code Officials, and Fire Marshals
• $50 for NFCA Contractor Members / $100 for Nonmembers
• Certificates of Attendance will be issued for self-reporting Continuing Education Units.

Tentative Detailed Agenda Click Here

Schedule

7:00 to 7:30 Arrival – Coffee & Pastries
7:30 to 11:45 Fire Resistance in Building Educational Seminar

11:45 to 12:15 Box Lunches
12:15 to 12:30 Bus to UL Fire Testing Facility (2 miles)
12:30 to 2:30 UL Testing Facility Tour
2:30 to 3:00 Transport back to Embassy Suites to arrive no later then 3:00 p.m.

Hotel & Transportation

The Embassy Suites NFCA Group Rate $159+ book online or call 800-362-2779, Group Code: NFC

The Embassy Suites is located 15 miles north of O’Hare International Airport and approximately 40 miles north of Midway International Airport. Airport transportation can be made via American Coach Limo, call 888-201-7183 or book online. The cost from O’Hare one way is $49, the same as a taxi from the airport.

Thank you to NFCA Seminar Sponsors:

 

NFCA Webinar Series -

June 14 - NFCA Free Webinar Series Part I Silica

Silica's health effects on the workforce, the OSHA Standard coming in September, and the compliance expectations for contractors on the job site. Presenter Hilarie Warren, MPH, CIH, Georgia Tech Safety and Health Consultation Program, presented this topic at the 2017 NFCA Conference in Atlanta. This webinar will provide an explanation of the issue and what OSHA will require from contractors. Presentation available in the "Members Only" section.

May 17 - NFCA Free Webinar Series - NFCA Top 10 List Continues ....

HSS Beams/tube steel - how do you fireproof? Dealing with cement-based materials and alkyd primers? Determining additional thickness for beams with rated walls.  Join NFCA, John Dalton, GCP Applied Technologies and Phil Mancuso, Isolatek International, as we continue the "Top 10 List" from the NFCA Conference in Atlanta. Presentation available in the "Members Only" section.

NFCA's 2017 Fireproofing Educational Conference & Meeting and Contractor Accreditation Program Training

Learn-Network-Grow

The 2017 NFCA Fireproofing Conference was held March 15-17, 2017 at The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta.  Over 120 people in the fireproofing industry attended, making this a recorded breaking year for attendance!  Prior to the conference, thirty five (35) people attended the NFCA Contractor Accreditation Program (CAP) Training for IFRM and SFRM. Thank you to Phil Mancuso, Isolatek International and John Dalton, GCP Applied Technologies, for their continued outstanding support toward the CAP Training sessions.

NFCA Fireproofing Educational Conference kicked off at the Welcome Reception, a great evening of meeting new faces and reaquainting with the Fireproofing Industry.  Thank you to NFCA sponsors: NFCA Associate Members - CJ Spray, Nathan Kimmel Company, Western Equipment Manufacturing, Hy-Flex Corporation, The Estimating Edge, Clark Dietrich Building Systems; and NFCA Supplier Members Carboline, GCP Applied Technologies, Hilti, Isolatek International, and Sherwin Williams.

Back by popular demaind, the NFCA "Top 10" List of Questions and Issues of Fireproofing Contractors was once again a favorite. So much great information and never enough time! The "Top 10" List will be finished via NFCA Webinar. Thank you to the "Top 10" panel members - Phil Zanghi, GCP Applied Technologies; Phil Mancuso, Isolatek International; George Guanci, Sherwin Williams; Sean Younger, Carboline; and Ernst Toussaint, HILTI.


Luke Woods from UL spoke to the conference about thermal barriers and fire resistance testing issues.  We heard from NFCA Associate and Supplier Members during the Forum Sessions.  The hot topic of Workforce Development was delivered by Kevin Dougherty, Trainer, Author and Dynamic Speaker.  Kevin shared powerful information while entertaining the crowd!

Thursday afternoon NFCA Committees came together to establish and prioritize the issues and needs to be addressed within the next year and beyond. Committees defined were Technical Code, Technical Standards, Safety, and Education/Program. Committee Leaders will be in contact with the NFCA Membership for input.

NFCA President John Taglienti, East Coast Fireproofing, addressed the membership at the NFCA Annual Meeting. The proposed NFCA By-Law changes were accepted, as well as the following 2017/18 NFCA Board of Directors Slate:

John Taglienti, NFCA President
East Coast Fireproofing, Walpole, MA
Jonathan Wohl, NFCA 1st Vice President
Wohl Diversified Services, Port Chester, NY
Martin Rodriguez, NFCA 2nd Vice President

Martin Bros./Marcowall, Gardena, CA
Cynthia Izon, Treasurer
Bradshaw and Associates, Inc., Anchorage, AK

Mathew Stephenson, Secretary

Alpha Insulation & Waterproofing, Round Rock, TX

Howard Towler, NFCA Past President, Acme Fireproofing, Jenks, OK

NFCA Directors:

John Dalton, GCP Applied Technologies, Cambridge, MA
Keith Kennedy, Aries Contracting Ottawa Inc., Ottawa, ON
Kurt Neff, Isolatek International, Stanhope, NJ
Paul Steele, Raymond-Southern California, Orange, CA

Sean Younger, Carboline, Inc., St. Louis, MO
Steve Winston, American Coatings, Inc., Ashland, VA

Thursday ended with Dwayne Garriss, Georgia State Fire Marshal and International Code Council President, who addressed the conference and spoke about the importance of Fire Resistance in new and existing buildings. 

The crowd joined for another fun evening of fellowship with cocktails and dinner. Phil Mancuso, Isolatek International and John Dalton, GCP Applied Technolgies were both recognized with NFCA Outstanding Service Awards for their never-ending support toward NFCA's education and life safety. Ron van Frankfoort, Carboline, was also recognized with a NFCA Outstanding Service Award for his service on the NFCA Board of Directors from 2012 to 2017. 

Friday the crowd heard from Kevin Dale, Flatt & Dale, about contracts - what you should know and look for!  Wes Hanson, Raymond San Diego, presented the Project Highlight - "OCPC: Jobsite Challenges & Extra Work Compensation".  We then heard from Carl Hudson, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta on the economy. The conference ended with a very informative presentation from Hilarie Warren, Georgia Tech Research Insitute, on Silica exposure for the workforce and what contractors need to know about the OSHA Standard coming into effect in June.

Conference presentation are available in the Members Only Section.


Thank you to all conference speakers and to NFCA conference sponsors:

Carboline
GCP Applied Technologies
Hilti

Isolatek International
Sherwin Williams

CJ Spray

Clark Dietrich Building Systems
The Estimating Edge
Hy-Flex Corporation
Nathan Kimmel Company
Western Equipment Manufacturing

 

NFCA Webinar Series-

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - Situations in Fireproofing

Join NFCA and Phil Mancuso, Technical Services Manager, ISOLATEK INTERNATIONAL, as Phil discusses how to deal with situations that may arise with your fireproofing project. Spanning gaps from beams and columns to rated masonry walls; cold weather applications and potential solutions; roof future floor (insulation over unprotected floor deck), and what information you need to know in order to determine protection on trench headers and electrical inserts. Presentation available in the "Members Only" Section.

NFCA Toronto Seminar Fire Resistance in Buildings - Dec.7th - Fairmont Royal York, Toronto

• Free for Architects, Specifiers, Building Code Officials, and Fire Marshals
• $50 for NFCA Members and $100 for Nonmembers

Thank You to NFCA Manufacturer Supplier Member Spoonsors:

 

NFCA Webinar Series-

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - Lath Materials and Applications

Presented by NFCA Members Chris Little, Clark Dietrich Building Systems, and Sean Younger, Carboline. Chris and Sean will discuss Lath Materials - types, how they are made, ASTM, applications and fire rated requirements for commercial, industrial and other uses.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - Thermal Barriers

Join NFCA and John Dalton, Technical Service Manager - Fire Protection Products, GCP Applied Technologies. The many different test standards and code requirements have created a confusing array of products and systems that claim to provide a thermal barrier for foamed plastic.This webinar will try and clarify what is needed, what is acceptable and what is not.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 1:00 to 2:00 pm CT - How to Build a Successful Safety Policy

Roger Tickner, Tickner & Associates, Richmond Hill, Ontario.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 1:00 to 2:00 pm CT - Substitution of Beams

Join NFCA and John Dalton, Technical Service Manager - Fire Protection Products, GCP Applied Technologies, as John discusses substitution of beams from beam-only designs into assemblies.

May 11 - Webinar - NFCA "Top 10 List" continued from Dallas
Presented by: John Dalton, GCP Applied Technologies; Phil Mancuso, Isolatek International; and Bill McHugh, NFCA Executive Director. Topics: 20 Ft. Rule - Ways to deal with cold weather application - How to compete with noncertified products.

 

NFCA's 2016 Fireproofing Educational Conference, Annual Meeting & Contractor Accreditation Program Training

Learn-Network-Grow

Thank you to all who attended the 2016 NFCA Fireproofing Educational Conference held at The Adolphus, Dallas, Texas, where the NFCA Membership came together for a great week in the fireproofing industry.

Twenty Six (26) people attended the NFCA Contractor Accreditation Program (CAP) Training for IFRM and SFRM. Thank you to Phil Mancuso and Dave Dratnol, Isolatek International; and John Dalton, GCP Applied Technologies, for their continued outstanding support toward the CAP Training sessions.

NFCA kicked the conference off with the Meet, Greet & Experience Welcome Reception. Thank you to NFCA sponsors: NFCA Associate Members - Nathan Kimmel Company, Western Equipment Manufacturing, Hy-Flex Corporation, The Estimating Edge, Graco Inc.; and NFCA Supplier Members Carboline, GCP Applied Technologies, Isolatek International, and Sherwin Williams.

Over 80 NFCA Members attended the conference on Thursday and Friday. We jumped right into the International Building Code Update and Review, followed by the "Top 10" List of Questions and Issues of Fireproofing Contractors. So much great information and not enough time!

The "Top 10" List will be finished via NFCA Webinar. Thank you to the "Top 10" panel members - John Dalton, GCP Applied Technologies; Dave Dratnol and
Phil Mancuso, Isolatek International; Bob Glendenning, Sherwin Williams; and Sean Younger, Carboline.

Roger Tickner, Tickner & Associates, Ontario, presented "Health, Safety & Due Diligence", giving great guidance on safety policies and procedures contractors
need to have in place to protect their employees and their business. Doug Evans, DHE Consulting, Las Vegas, shared on "High Rise Building Issues".
Luke Woods, Principal Engineer Fire Resistance and Containment from UL spoke to the conference about UL Designs and Technical Issues.

Thursday afternoon NFCA Committees came together to establish and prioritize the issues and needs to be addressed within the next year and beyond. Committees defined were Technical Code, Technical Standards, Safety, and Education/Program. Committee Leaders will be in contact with the NFCA Membership for input.

NFCA President Howard Towler, ACME Fireproofing, addressed the membership at the NFCA Annual Meeting. Bubba Winston, American Coatings Corporation, who has served on the NFCA Board of Directors since the beginning in 2002; was named Director Emeritus and will serve as an Honorary Member of the NFCA Board of Directors.


The NFCA Membership elected the following 2016-2017 Board of Directors:

John Taglienti, NFCA President
East Coast Fireproofing, Walpole, MA
Larry Jost, NFCA 1st Vice President
Niehaus Building Services, St. Louis, MO
Jonathan Wohl, NFCA 2nd Vice President
Wohl Diversified Services, Port Chester, NY
Martin Rodriguez, Treasurer
Martin Bros./Marcowall, Gardena, CA
Cynthia Izon, Secretary
Bradshaw and Associates, Inc., Anchorage, AK

Howard Towler, NFCA Past President, Acme Fireproofing, Jenks, OK

NFCA Directors:
Keith Kennedy, Aries Contracting Ottawa Inc., Ottawa, ON
Kurt Neff, Isolatek International, Stanhope, NJ
Rick Mihevc, GCP Applied Technologies, Evanston, IL
Paul Steele, Raymond-Southern California, Orange, CA
Mathew Stephenson, Alpha Insulation & Waterproofing, Round Rock, TX
Ron Van Frankfoort, Carboline, Inc., St. Louis, MO
Steve Winston, American Coatings, Inc., Ashland, VA

Thursday evening the membership gathering for a reception and dinner. Bret Simpson, GCP Applied Technologies was presented with an NFCA Outstanding Service Award. Bret has served as NFCA Treasurer from 2009 to 2016. The NFCA Board is grateful for Bret's continued guidance and insight. Howard Towler, ACME Fireproofing was presented with an NFCA Outstanding Service Award for serving as 2015-2016 NFCA President. Thursday night ended with extreme comedic bingo. Thanks to everyone who stayed and played!

Friday the crowd was wowed by two phenomenal Fireproofing Project Highlights! First, Jonathan Wohl, Wohl Diversified Services, Port Chester, NY, shared his personal history with the World Trade Center, from 1980 to present day, through a photo retrospective which was an amazing, stunning and sometimes chilling, presentation.

Next, Martin Rodriguez, Martin Bros., Gardena, CA, presented on The Wilshire Grand project, a 73 story building located in Downtown Los Angeles. Martin Bros. will spray over 70,000 bags of fireproofing on this current and ongoing project. Martin shared the challenges and solutions used to overcome. Both presentations will be available in the Members Only section. Thank you to Jonathan and Martin for preparing such outstanding presentations and sharing with the membership.

Friday morning rounded out with a Panel of Building Code Officials from the cities of Dallas, Plano and Irving, Texas. And the conference wrapped up with

Tom Siems, Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, who gave a very informative presentation on economic patterns, trends and forecasts - great information.

A BIG Dallas Thank you to all conference speakers and to NFCA conference sponsors:

Carboline
GCP Applied Technologies
Isolatek International
Sherwin Williams

Clark Dietrich Building Systems
The Estimating Edge
Graco Inc.
Hy-Flex Corporation
Nathan Kimmel Company
Western Equipment Manufacturing

All in all, a great week in Dallas was had by all. Financially, NFCA is strong and the membership is growing with 25 new members since November. NFCA's Staff - Sandy Addison and Bill McHugh - is thankful for the great group we work with at NFCA.

Keep an eye on NFCA-online.org for info about future programs. Thanks to all who attended and to those who did not, we look forward to seeing you at a future conference.

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NFCA Webinar Series - NFCA Year End Webinar - Friday, December 18th

Bill McHugh, Executive Director, National Fireproofing Contractors Association (NFCA), will give an overview of NFCA’s Contractor Accreditation Program for IFRM and SFRM. He will discuss the upcoming training, the process and how the program will benefit your company. Bill will also talk about NFCA’s 2015 progress and what to look for in 2016 from NFCA and the fireproofing industry. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to have your questions answered and learn about NFCA.

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NFCA Passive Fire Protection Seminar, November 10th - Tarrytown, NY

Fireproofing Contractors, Architects, Building Inspectors, and Fire Marshals, take advantage of this one-day learning experience to learn about fire resistance rated construction – Structural protection using fireproofing gives the building a first line of defense against fire. Sponsored by Construction Advancement Institute, and Free for Fireproofing Contractors, Architects, Specifiers, Building Code Officials and Fire Marshals.

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NFCA Webinar Series-

Safety for Fireproofing Contractors Webinar, October 8, 2015

Frank Marino, CSP, Vice President of Safety Check, Inc., discusses current views from OSHA and OHSA Can, fireproofing scaffold safety, fall protection and more. Frank’s insights on Safety for many construction industry trades has been well received and well respected.

Fireproofing Special Inspections & Contractor Compliance Webinar, August 11, 2015

Bill McHugh, NFCA Executive Director, discusses important information all contractors should know about the new changes in the IBC 2009, 2012, 2015 Chapter 17 Special Inspections.

Equipment Maintenance Webinar, June 10, 2015

Hy-Flex Corporation's Lowell Knott (LK) and his associates cover best practices and 'tricks of the trade' for maintaining equipment efficiently.

 

NFCA's Fireproofing Educational Conference, Annual Meeting & Contractor Accreditation Program Training

NFCA E-News – March 26, 2015

NFCA’s 2015 Fireproofing Week in Arizona wrapped up on March 13, 2015. The sun was shining on the Fireproofing Industry all week long as NFCA welcomed attendees from across the United States and Canada, for a week of education, learning, accomplishment, visioning, socializing, and much more!

Twenty people successfully completed NFCA’s Contractor Accreditation Program Training for SFRM and/or IFRM; and nine more NFCA Contractor Members will become NFCA Accredited Contractors. That brings the total Accredited Contractors to almost 60% of the NFCA Membership.

The Fireproofing Educational Conference was well attended and the schedule was full of dynamic speakers who presented on current industry topics such as Dodge Data Analytics’ Construction Economic Forecast; the World Trade Center’s effects on the ICC and NFPA Building and Fire Codes; OSHA Safety Regulations & legal issues; a very detailed building code panel, and a lift equipment safety program as well.

The crowd was awed by Fireproofing Project Highlights presented by two NFCA Contractor Members. Keith Kennedy, Aries Contracting Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario presented the huge and challenging Lansdowne Stadium Project and some unique Ottawa information; and Tom Anderson, Clayton National, Phoenix, Arizona presented the Fireproofing on the massive MGM City Center Project.

Code, code and more code. We heard from Joe McIlveney, City of Phoenix, who shared his expertise and perspective on fireproofing and gave contractors many suggestions on the best ways to work together with local building code officials and in the code development process. Thursday afternoon’s Expert Code Panel included presentations, information and a great QA session from NFCA Members John Dalton and Bret Simpson, Grace Construction Products; Dave Dratnol, Isolatek International; Don Falconer, Falconer Engineering and Testing provided a great National Building Code of Canada update while adding comparisons to the International Building Code; and Luke Woods, Underwriters Laboratories challenged us to get involved at UL’s Standards Technical Panels and Fireproofing activities at UL.

All NFCA Conference presentations and information are available to NFCA Members in the Members Only section at NFCA-online.org.

Thursday evening the group came together for dinner and awards. NFCA Awarded 2013/2014 President, Paul Steele, Raymond Interiors, for his Vision, Leadership and Commitment to the Fireproofing Industry, with the Outstanding Service Award. And, NFCA’s Awards Chair Howard Towler presented an award to Sandy Addison, The McHugh Company for membership growth.

A big THANKS to the 2015 NFCA Conference Sponsors!

Carboline
Grace
Isolatek International

Graco
Easley & Rivers
The Edge
Hy-Flex Corp
Nathan Kimmel Company

NFCA Annual Meeting and Elections – NFCA’s membership in attendance built the quorum needed to do some business and elect the 2015/2016 Board of Directors, listed below.

President Howard Towler - Acme Fireproofing, Jenks, OK
Vice President Larry Jost, Niehaus Construction, Inc., St. Louis, MO
Treasurer Bret Simpson - W. R. Grace & Co., Cambridge, MA
Secretary Mike Barker - Donalco, Inc., Scarborough, ON

Director Cynthia Izon, Bradshaw and Associates, Inc., Anchorage, AK
Director Kurt Neff - Isolatek Corp., Stanhope, NJ
Director Martin Rodriguez, Martin Bros./Marcowall, Gardena, CA
Director Matthew Stephenson, Nevell Group, Inc., Brea, CA
Director John Taglienti - East Coast Fireproofing, Walpole, MA
Director Ron Van Frankfoort - Carboline, Inc., St. Louis, MO
Director Bubba Winston - American Coatings, Inc., Ashland, VA
Director Jonathan Wohl - Lawrence B. Wohl, Port Chester, NY
Past President Paul Steele - Raymond Interiors, Inc., Orange, CA

All in all, a great week in Phoenix was had by all. Plus, it’s been a great year as well. Financially, the association is on strong footing and with 15 new members since November with many prospects in sight, the outlook is for further growth is great. NFCA’s Staff – Sandy Addison and Bill McHugh - is thankful for the great group we work with at NFCA. We applaud your founding Executive Director Hugh Dudley for leaving a great base from which to build.

Keep an eye on NFCA-online.org for info about future programs. Thanks to all who attended and to those who did not, we look forward to seeing you at a future conference.

 

NFCA's 2014 Annual Conference - New Orleans

What a great NFCA Week it was! 

Educational Programs for the SFRM and IFRM Contractor Accreditation Programs on Monday afternoon & Tuesday prepared attendees to take the NFCA SFRM/IFRM Exams Wednesday. 

NFCA's Golf Outing went well also..albeit a bit chilly for March in New Orleans.

NFCA's Annual Conference Thursday & Friday featured dynamic speakers after a great welcome from NFCA President Paul Steele, Raymond-Southern Califiornia. 

Check out the NFCA Conference presentations!

  • UL's Primary Designated Engineer for Fire Resistance Luke Woods & UL Qualified Contractor Program's Matthew Schumann.
  • Isolatek's Dave Dratnol on Code Issues.
  • ASHE's Jonathan Flannery on why Healthcare Construction is different than working in other types of building occupancies.
  • NFCA's Bill McHugh on the effects of the ICC's Ad Hoc Committee on Terrorism Resistant Buildings.
  • NFCA Committee Meetings were well attended. Check out the Enews for more information.
  • NFCA Annual Membership Meeting & NFCA Member Awards Banquet had two key individuals in NFCA's founding and continued success.  NFCA Board Member Bubba Winston and also founding Executive Director Hugh Dudley were both honored at the dinner. During the dinner, we had Hugh Dudley on the phone line piped into speakers so he could participate in the celebration of his retirement.  Many offerred congratulations for a career well spent. Check out the link above to see what the awards were about.
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