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Fire-Resistance Webinar Info


NFCA Free Webinar Series

Mark your calendar for the NFCA 2022 FREE Webinar Series:

December 13, 2022 (Tuesday): 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 

Topic:  NFCA 2022 Wrap-Up:  What has NFCA Done in '22?  LOTS!!  Don't miss this NFCA Association & Industry Update covering a variety of topics.



2022 Past Webinars 
(Missed it?  Members can access recording at Members Only Tab)

November 15, 2022 (Tuesday): 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 

Topic:  NFCA Action Updates on the 2024 Code Development Process, NFCA& UL Contractor Accreditation Programs, and much more!

This program covered the details of what happened at the recent ICC Public Comment Hearings where the NFCA Team provided testimony which was successful at defending code provisions important to your industry. 

October 11, 2022 (Tuesday): 10:00 am - 11:00 am 

Topic:  Overview of UL Guide Information on Fire-Resistance. Main focus-UL 263 and ULC-S-101 Standards.

NFCA’s Bill McHugh and Rich Walke will provide a short overview of what’s in the UL Guide Information on Fire-Resistance for both the UL 263 and ULC-S-101 Standards.  Kevin Hyland, Principal Engineer - Fire Resistance and Containment, with UL will also join in on the discussion.  We’ll cover key points, that affect designers, code officials, inspection agencies and contractors.


September 8, 2022 (Thursday): 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 
Fireproofing Repairs in New Construction & Existing Buildings
The big or small fireproofing contractor just finished a new installation. The ceiling grid, mechanical, electrical and plumbing contractor scraped the fireproofing clean for welding to the deck or beams.   What material is used for patching? 

International Building Code Chapter 17 requires a second visual inspection after installation of other trades work.  Chapter 7 wants continuous fire-resistance.  The International Fire Code states that maintaining fire-resistance protection in existing buildings is mandatory. 


Bill McHugh and a Panel of NFCA Manufacturer Members provides the procedures for repairing Sprayed Fire-Resistive Materials (SFRM), Intumescent Fire-Resistive Materials (IFRM), Boards and Wraps used as fireproofing – in NEW and EXISTING BUILDINGS.

August 16, 2022 (Tuesday): 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 

Fireproofing Inspection Details

Ever wonder how Fireproofing Special Inspection works? 
What’s in the International Building Code’s (IBC) Chapter 17 and ASTM E605/E736? 
The IBC’s Chapter 17, titled “Special Inspection” has specific sections for Fireproofing – both SFRM and IFRM.  The ASTM E605 and ASTM E736 cover thickness and bond strength measurements.  

Bill McHugh, NFCA Executive Director, Rich Walke, NFCA Consultant and Jason Anestasi, Project Manager from Rolling Plains Construction
take a deep dive into IBC’s Chapter 17, and SFRM/IFRM Fireproofing Inspections. Also covered, ASTM Board and Wrap Inspection Standard, under development now. 


July 12, 2022 (Tuesday): 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm 
** NFCA CAP & UL Program Review
Award of Excellence 2022 High Rise Winner, Martin Bros.

Hear about UL’s Qualified Fireproofing Contractor Program – and NFCA’s Fireproofing Contractor Accreditation Program all in one session.  These programs were developed to provide fire and life safety installations in accordance with the listings and manufacturers instructions.

Joe Colavita from Martin Bros. will review their award winning entry for High Rise projects.

June 14, 2022 (Tuesday): 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Topic: Fireproofing Surface Preparation is a critical part of any fireproofing project.  Sprayed Fire-Resistive Materials, (SFRM), Intumescent Fire-Resistive Materials (IFRM), Boards and Wraps, all have surface preparation mentioned in specific manufacturers instructions, Chapter 7 and 17 of the International Building COde, ASTM Inspection Standards and fire-resistance listings
at UL or other fire-test laboratories.  Whether protection is applied to Steel, Concrete, Wood CLT or other Wood surfaces, prep work is critical to fire-resistance performance.  Listen as a panel of manufacturers present. 

Panelists include:

  • Don Long, Albi

  • Sean Younger, Carboline

  • John Dalton, GCP Applied Technologies

  • Ernst Toussaint, Hilti

  • Dan Ehehalt, Isolatek
  • Richard Mann, PPG
  • George Guanci, Sherwin Williams

  • Others

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  - 2022 Award of Excellence Winners 

Low-Rise Magnitude - Alpha Insulation & Waterproofing

Low-Rise Innovation - Rolling Plains Construction

Thursday, March 17, 2022 10:00 am CST
- "Compare and Contrast" by Rich Walke & Bill McHugh

Covering:  E119/UL263 fire resistance; ULC S-101; UL1709; E723 & E84 reaction to fire; Acceptance criteria for Walls, Floors, Beams, Columns and Assmblies


Tuesday, February 22, 2022 10:00 am CST - ASTM E119 and UL 263 - Join Rich Walke & Bill McHugh for important updates.  

This webinar covers key parts of ASTM E119, UL 263 and CAN/ULC-S101 for fire test standards. It is critical to know the acceptance criteria of these standards and to understand why certain variances should not be allowed. ASTM E119, UL 263 and CAN/ULC-S101 evaluate the fire performance of beams, columns, floors and walls with different acceptance criteria for each. Hear the common 'misinformation' points that we hear from the field and key questions to ask for building code compliance for new construction and existing buildings.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 1:00 pm CST 
- Current NFCA Industry Initiatives


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NFCA Past Webinar Series FREE SLIDES & RECORDINGS for everyone: 

"ASTM E119 and UL 263"

See the latest updates for understanding fire resistance standards and international buildling code.  NFCA makes this webinar recording and slide presentatino available to all to support and better everyones knowledge on fireproofing. Click here to view the webinar recording.  Click here to view the slide presentation only


"Fire-Resistance Standards and the International Building Code" 

Code Officials, Specifiers, Contractors....want to know the right questions to ask for a safe building - and compliance with the International Building Code? Consultant to NFCA Rich Walke, with host Bill McHugh, present key parts of ASTM E119, UL 263 and CAN/ULC-S101 you need to know. The acceptance criteria are critical to understand - to know why certain variances to the standards - are not safe and should not be allowed. Hear the common 'misinformation' points, questions to ask for building code compliance for new construction and existing buildings. Click here to view the webinar recording.  Click here to view the slide presentation only.

"NFCA on NFCA’s Fireproofing Contractor Accreditation Program, UL QSFRMCP and Special Inspections"

Structural fire-resistance achieved through fireproofing helps keep buildings supported during fire. It’s important that the tested and listed systems be installed in accordance with the listing and the manufacturers installation instructions. Learn about NFCA’s Contractor Accreditation Programs, UL’s newly relaunched Qualified SFRM Contractor Program, and the International Building Code’s statements about Special Inspection – plus the changes NFCA provided in the IBC 2021 Code.  Click here to view the webinar recording.  Click here to view the slide presentation only.


Code Officials, Fire Marshals/Inspectors, Architects/Engineers, Specifiers, General Contractors - if you approve Fireproofing Product and Tested and Listed System Submittals, or buy Fireproofing Services, watch this Webinar.

NFCA's Rich Walke and Bill McHugh provide Education about how fireproofing complies with the Building Codes through ASTM E119 and UL 263 - ULC-S-101.  This program covers how Fire-Resistance is determined so you can approve, buy or inspect fireproofing. CLICK HERE to check this out!



NFCA Fire-Resistance in Buildings Seminar, is a day of education specific to fireproofing and fire-resistance in buildings, offered free to architects, building code officials, fire marshals and specifiers, with the goal of educating those who work and have influence in the field, as a service to the fireproofing industry. Contractors and special inspectors are welcome to attend for a fee. This seminar is held annually in the fall or winter, in cities around the United States and Canada. Details for 2021 or 2022 will be announced soon.


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Want to see a previous webinar? All webinar recordings and slide presentations are available in the MEMBERS ONLY SECTION. Not a member?  JOIN NOW!

2020 NFCA Free Webinar Series

2019 NFCA Free Webinar Series

2018-2015 NFCA Free Webinar Series



October 3, 2019 - NFCA "Fire-Resistance in Buildings" Seminar Presentations, The L.A. Grand Hotel, Los Angeles, CA

ICC’s International Building Code Ch. 7 & other Fire-Resistance-Rated Construction Highlights, John Dalton, GCP Applied Technologies and Russ Harvey, Isolatek International

California View on Fire-Resistance and New Code Changes, Crystal Sujeski, California State Fire Marshal’s Office

Fire-Resistance Rated Test Standards for Elements and Assemblies, Rich Walke, UL

Key Issues - Intumescent Fire-Resistant Materials (IFRM), George Gaunci, Sherwin Williams; Ernst Toussaint, Hilti; and Sean Younger, Carboline

Key Issues – Spray Fire-Resistant Materials (SFRM), John Dalton, GCP Applied Technologies; Russ Harvey, Isolatek; and Sean Younger, Carboline

OSHPD Perspectives and IBC’s Chapter 17, Special Inspection, Fire-Resistance & Fireproofing, Nanci Timmins, Chief Fire and Life Safety Officer, OSHPD and Bill McHugh, NFCA

ICC International Fire Code requirements for Fire Resistance – Rich Walke, UL


June 5, 2019 - NFCA Presentation, by Bill McHugh at the PFPNetwork in Manchester, England

April 16, 2019 - NFCA Presentation, by Bill McHugh at CSI Meeting, Worcester Polytecnic Institute, Worcester, MA

April 5, 2017 - NFCA Presentation, by Bill McHugh at Nova Scotia Building Officials Association, Halifax, NS