NFCA 2021 Events
NFCA's Board of Directors and Leadership continue to discuss the possibilities for NFCA Educational Events in 2021.
NFCA Fireproofing Education and Exams prepares your company for the NFCA Contractor Accreditation Program, UL Qualified SFRM Contractor Program, or Inspector Competence. NFCA is exploring face-to-face, virtual and hybrid formats for these key programs. We hope to have specifics on virtual, hybrid and or in person learning options available very soon.
NFCA 2021 Fireproofing Educational Conference, originally scheduled March 17-19, 2021, Nashville, TN, is on hold for now, as the COVID restrictions continue throughout the world, and also in the Nashville area. The NFCA Board and Program Committee continue to discuss options of locations and dates later in 2021, and will keep you updated as plans unfold.
As always, NFCA is committed to providing quality educational programming specific to fire-resistance and fireproofing, meeting the needs of NFCA Members, fire & life safety, and the industry.
NFCA Free Webinar Series
Tuesday, January 26, 2021, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., Central Time
"Fire-Resistance Standards and the International Building Code"
There are always questions to NFCA about what's acceptable when it comes to the protection of fire-resistance-rated building elements and assemblies.
Join Rich Walke and Bill McHugh to learn the key parts of ASTM E119, UL 263 and CAN/ULC-S101 for the fire test standards. The acceptance are critical to know 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. Register NOW!
Stay tuned! More NFCA 2021 FREE Webinar Series dates and topics will be announced soon.
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NFCA Free Webinar Series
NFCA Free Webinar Series cover topics specific to fireproofing. Webinars are free for everyone to attend. Join us for future NFCA Webinars:
2021 dates to be announced.
NFCA 2020 Free Webinar Series
NFCA Free Webinar Series: "Codes Past and Future..."
Thursday, December 17, 2020
NFCA's Bill McHugh and Rich Walk, present on the International Code Council's Code Development Process and the National Research Council of Canada's Code Development Process too. Hear a quick upate on 2021's Code Development, and a look forward to 2024's Building and Fire Codes. Webinar recording and slide presentation available in the "Members Only" Section.
NFCA Free Webinar Series: "Using Tested and Listed Designs to Show Code Compliance"
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Presented by Rich Walke, Creative Technology. The International Building Code and the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code require fire-resistance-rated assemblies to be tested in accordance with UL 263 and ASTM E119. Learn how the resulting tested and listed Fire Resistance Designs are used by design professionals and contractors to show compliance with the requirements of these codes. Webinar recording and slide presentation available in the "Members Only" Section.
NFCA Free Webinar Series: "Liability Arising Out of Construction Documentation"
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Join Karen Layng, President, M.A.I.T. Co., a strategic partner in the construction industry, with thirty plus years’ of legal expertise, as Karen covers the construction documentation start to finish, spoilation, and the main and most costly mistakes.Webinar recording and slide presentation available in the "Members Only" Section.
NFCA Free Webinar Series: Fireproofing Board - Advantages, Disadvantages & More
Thursday, September 17, 2020
Join NFCA and Daryl Orlich, Albi Protective Coatings, as he discusses Fireproofing Board - the advantages, disadvantages, fire-resistance rated assemblies, application and more. Webinar recording and webinar slide presentation available for view in the NFCA "Members Only" Section.
NFCA Free Webinar Series: Intumescent Fireproofing
Thursday, July 23, 2020
Join NFCA and George Guanci, Business Development Manager, The Sherwin Williams Company, as George unravels the mysteries in Intumescent Fireproofing and their vital role in fire and life safety. George will discuss assemblies, exposure to elements, advantages, disadvantages and more! Webinar recording and webinar slide presentation available for view in the NFCA "Members Only" Section.
NFCA Free Webinar Series: Fireproofing Board - Advantages, Disadvantages & More
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Join NFCA and Albi Protective Coatings' Matt Auchy and Daryl Orlich, as they discuss Fireproofing Board - the advantages, disadvantages, fire-resistance rated assemblies, application and more. Webinar recording and webinar slide presentation available for view in the NFCA "Members Only" Section.
NFCA Free Webinar Series: Fireproofing Contractor Accreditation Programs
Thursday, June 11, 2020
NFCA's Bill McHugh and UL's Ruben Sandoval, discuss and explain the current contractor accreditation programs for fireproofing contractors. Learn about: NFCA Contractor Accreditation Program for IFRM and SFRM; and The newly reintroduced UL Qualified SFRM Contractor Program.Click here to view the webinar recording and or slide presentation.
Intumescent Fireproofing Inspectiion
Friday, May 15, 2020
Intumescent Fireproofing Inspection presented by Ernst Toussaint, PE, Senior Steel Protection Engineer Manager, Hilti. Join NFCA and Ernst as he discusses primer, surface preparation, application, WFT, DFT, UL lisitings and more. Webinar recording and webinar slide presentation available for view in the NFCA "Members Only" Section.
COVID-19 Information for Contractors
Thursday, May 7, 2020
Join NFCA for this 90 minute webinar, “COVID-19: Information for Contractors”, when attorneys from Hendrick, Phillips, Salzman & Siegel will discuss a host of issues facing contractors during this global pandemic. Philip Siegel will present an overview of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, while answering the most commonly asked employment issues concerning the Act and COVID-19. Stephen Phillips will discuss construction and contract issues contractors are facing on almost a daily basis, including addressing possible delay claims and insurance issues. Scott Calhoun will provide an overview of the CARES Act and the economic assistance programs available to contractors, including the Payroll Protection Program. Webinar recording and webinar slide presentation available for view in the NFCA "Members Only" Section.
NFCA 2020 Update from the Leadership
Thursday, April 30, 2020
NFCA has exciting updates and key information to share, presented by NFCA Leadership Jonathan Wohl, Martin Rodriguez and Bill McHugh. Learn about NFCA Handbook of Fireproofing Knowledge; 2021 Code Requirements; NFCA Contractor Accreditation Program; and the updated UL Qualified Fireproofing Contractor Program. Webinar recording and webinar slide presentation available for view in the NFCA "Members Only" Section.
Fireproofing - some details, inspection, patching and more!
Monday, April 20, 2020 - Join NFCA's Bill McHugh, for this NFCA webinar that will focus on fireproofing - some details, inspection, existing buildings, and more. NFCA has been active at building and fire code development. Learn what you’ll need to know before the new codes arrive. There is a lot happening in fireproofing, and you won't want to miss this informative webinar! Webinar recording and webinar slide presentation available for view in the NFCA "Members Only" Section.
"Fireproofing - Back to Basics"
Wed. April 1, 2020 Presented by Rich Walke and Bill McHugh. This webinar discusses the requirements for structural fire-resistance. Hear how fire-resistance ratings are established on structural elements based on tests conducted in accordance with ASTM E119 / UL 263, entitled Fire Tests of Building Construction and Materials, how the resulting listed assemblies are used in conjunction with the manufacturer’s installation instructions to comply with the requirements of the International Building Code, and the various technologies available to show compliance. Webinar recording and webinar slide presentation available for view in the NFCA "Members Only" Section.
"IFRM Fireproofing Materials - Field and Shop Advantages, Disadvantages and more"
Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Central Time
Presented by Sean Younger, Senior Fireproofing Market Manager. Sean discusses the diifferent types of intumescent fire resistive materials (IFRM) used for commercial/architectural projects. Webinar recording and webinar slide presentation available for view in the NFCA "Members Only" Section.
Rectification of “Restrained vs. Unrestrained”
Tues., January 21, 2020
Presented by Kevin LaMalva, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
For furnace testing of fire resistant floor and roof assemblies in the U.S., the ASTM E 119 standard (and similarly the UL 263 standard) permits two classifications for boundary conditions: “restrained” and “unrestrained.” When incorporating tested assemblies into an actual structural system, the designer, oftentimes a fire protection or structural engineer, must judge whether a “restrained” or “unrestrained” classification is appropriate for the application. It is critical that this assumption be carefully considered and understood, as many qualified listings permit a lesser thickness of applied fire protection for steel structures (or less concrete cover for concrete structures) to achieve a certain fire resistance rating if a “restrained” classification is confirmed, as compared to an “unrestrained” classification. Emerging standards in structural fire protection will greatly impact how designers consider restraint, and perhaps pave the way for reform of this controversial and paradoxical paradigm.
Webinar recording and webinar slide presentation available for view in the NFCA "Members Only" Section.
NFCA Fire-Resistance in Building Seminar - Los Angeles - October 3, 2019
All presentations available in the "Resource" Tab under "Links".
Sponsored by NFCA Members: Carboline, GCP Applied Technologies, Hilti, Hy-Flex Corporation,
Isolatek International, Nathan Kimmel Company and Sherwin Williams.
NFCA Free Webinar Series
Code Update, 2021 Code Update, Looking Ahead
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
code development process and what will be in the 2021 International Building Code (IBC) and International Fire Code (IFC); and NFCA's proposals on special inspection and maintenance for structural fire-resistance. And, hear about - and provide input on - what might be code proposals for the 2024 code. Bill will also report on the National Building Code of Canada's 2020 code development process. Webinar presentation available for view in the NFCA "Members Only" Section.
What's Your Product IQ?
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Join NFCA and Rich Walke, UL Codes and Regulatory Services, as Rich educates you on UL’s new third generation online directory - Product IQ. Product iQ’s intelligent algorithm and powerful search tools help you locate exactly what you need. Webinar presentation available to view in the NFCA "Members Only" Section.
The Importance of Fireproofing in Existing Buildings
Wednesday, September 18
Presented by Bill McHugh, NFCA Executive Director, this webinar covers fire-resistance and fireproofing in existing buildings; the code requirements for maintaining fireproofing and fire resistance; and why it make sense to maintain. Webinar presentation available to view in the NFCA "Members Only" Section.
Intumescent Fire-Resitive Material (IFRM) - Questions from the Field on IFRM and UL 263
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Join NFCA and Ernst Toussaint, PE, Senior Steel Protection Engineer Manager, Hilti, as Ernst addresses questions and issues from the field regarding the application of IFRM and UL 263. Topics will include: Design optimizations and how steel sizes affect IFRM, types of structural steel members protected by IFRM, char expansions, approved primer / top coats, surface prep and more! Webinar presentation available to view in the NFCA "Members Only" Section.
An Overview - Fire-Resistance, Testing, Installation, Inspection, Maintenance,
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
NFCA Executive Director Bill McHugh will present this webinar, covering test standards used to evaluate fireproofing products that become systems when installed to the listed design, qualification requirements for contractors that install these complex assemblies, inspection agency personnel and company requirements, inspection, and fire code requirements to maintain fireproofing for the building life cycle. Webinar presentation available to view in the NFCA "Members Only" Section.
Thermal Barrier Standards - Past, Present & Future, presented by John Dalton, GCP Applied Technologies
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) insulation provides great R-Values per inch thickness, helping meet rigorous energy code requirements. The application of SPF insulation in commercial applications has code requirements to use products meeting certain standards to protect the foam from catching fire and keep people safe in buildings. Presented by John Dalton, GCP Applied Technologies. Webinar is available to view in the NFCA "Members Only" Section.
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NFCA Free Webinar Series "Fireproofing 101" Back to the Basics Part II
Thursday, December 6, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Central Standard Time
UL Special Topics - Determining the best thicknesses, Primed Steel Guidelines and Patching Guidelines. Presented by Phil Mancuso, Senior Technical Services Manager, ISOLATEK INTERNATIONAL. In the second part of our Back to the Basics Series, we will cover how to make sure you are using the best possible thicknesses by gaining deeper understanding of W/D & A/P ratios, and steel joist criteria. We will also touch on primed steel and patching guidelines.Webinar is available to view in the NFCA Members Only Section.
NFCA Free Webinar Series "Fireproofing 101" Back to the Basics Part I
Wednesday, October 31, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Central Standard Time
How to Selet a UL Design - Join NFCA and Phil Mancuso, Senior Technical Services Manager, ISOLATEK INTERNATIONAL, as we go Back to the Basics. Learn how to select the appropriate UL Design based on a given criteria. This will cover floor-ceiling & roof-ceiling assemblies, beams, joists and columns. Webinar is available to view in the NFCA Members Only Section.
NFCA Free Webinar Series "Fireproofing Patching & Building/Fire-Codes
Thursday, September 27, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Central Standard Time
SFRM and IFRM Fireproofing call for ‘complete encasement’ of the building elements in Building Codes. In existing buildings, fire-resistance needs to be maintained to keep continuity of protection for fire and life safety in buildings. Patching SFRM fireproofing to maintain continuity takes place usually after many building services are in place. This webinar will cover code requirements and also equipment used to patch SFRM Fireproofing in new and existing buildings. Presented by NFCA Executive Director Bill McHugh & Graco’s Danny Carrillo, Business Development Manager for ToughTek Mortar Equipment. Webinar is available to view in the NFCA Members Only Section.
NFCA Fire Resistance in Buildings Seminar Denver
Join NFCA for a day of education specific to fireproofing and fire-resistance in buildings, at the Warwick Denver. Topics will include ICC's Building Code, NFCA Contractor Accreditation Program, Fire Resistance Test Standards, Key Issues SFRM & IFRM, Special Inspection, ICC International Fire Code and more! Lunch Buffet is included thanks to NFCA Manufacturer Supplier Member Sponsors: Albi Protective Coatings, Carboline, GCP Applied Technologies, Hilti, Isolatek International, and Sherwin Williams. Click Here to View Agenda. All Seminar presentations are available in the NFCA Members Only Section.
NFCA Free Webinar Series "Best Practices & Overall Equipment Safety"
Tuesday, May 15, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Central Time
Join NFCA and Lowell Knott (LK), Technical Services, Hy-Flex Corp., as LK covers the topics of Electrical Repair, Material Hose Selection, Hydraulic System Maintenance, Rotor/Stator Maintenance, Ball Stop Pin Wear and more! Webinar and presentation available in "Members Only".
2018 NFCA Fireproofing Educational Conference & Meeting - San Diego
Thank you to everyone who attended the 2018 NFCA Conference in San Diego!
All Conference presentations are available in the "Members Only" Section.
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NFCA Webinar - UL Fire Resistance Testing & What it Means to You"
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Central Time
Luke Woods, Principal Engineer, Fire Resistance and Containment, UL,covers the basics of ANSI/UL263 (ASTM E119-ULC-S-115) Fire Tests of Building Construction Materials, for beams, columns and walls; UL723 (ASTM E84-ULC S-102.2) Test for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials when fireproofing is exposed; and UL2079 (ULC-S-115) Standard for Tests for Fire Resistance of Building Joint Systems. Presentation available in the Members Only Section.
Past NFCA event presentations, programs and webinars regarding Sprayed Fire-Resistive Material (SFRM) and Intumescent Fire-Resistive Material (IFRM) are available in the Members Only Section.