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Events Calendar


NFCA Free Webinar Series

"Fireproofing - Back to Basics" - Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 1:00 to 2:00 pm Central Time

Join NFCA for a webinar on 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.  NFCA’s Rich Walke & Bill McHugh present this fast-moving program.  Don’t miss it!


Postponed Fireproofing Education & 2020 Conference



March 16, 2020 - NFCA Austin Events Postponed

Due to public concerns with the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), NFCA Leadership and Staff have postponed the NFCA Austin, Texas Events - Educational Conference & Education for Fireproofing Exams. New dates will be announced as soon as we know them, or when other action is determined.  Stay tuned to, NFCA's Eblasts, and stay safe.

Should NFCA Members want to cancel hotel accommodations, contact the hotel directly, (888)-627-8349, up to 24 hours prior to check in.



Conference Agenda



Registration details, costs, events, and more!


Register for the conference, special events and Contractor Accreditation Program (CAP) Trainings.


Book online Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol. Or call 888-627-8349 and reference NFCA to receive the $199 NFCA Group Rate.

    Special rate deadline March 20th OR when room block is full, whichever comes first-don't wait!


NFCA Fireproofing Education & Exams for IFRM & SFRM agenda, schedule and details.



NFCA Associate Member Sponsorship Opportunities.



Thank you NFCA Manufacturer Supplier Member Conference Sponsors





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.

Detailed Agenda




NFCA Free Webinar Series

"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.

Code Update, 2021 Code Update, Looking Ahead

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Join NFCA's Executive Director, Bill McHugh as he explains the 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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Thank you NFCA Manufacturer Member 2019 Conference Sponsors:

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