NFCA News Archives
December 28, 2022 - Extra Extra, Reed All About It!! December NFCA ENEWS now available. Click HERE.
December 21, 2022 - MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW! The 2023 NFCA Week of Learning is March 27-31, 2023 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The week kicks off with the IFRM & SFRM Educational Courses then the Annual Conference begins March 29-31. More information will be available the first week of January. Check back then!
December 15, 2022 - What has NFCA done in 2022? LOT'S!! If you missed the December wrap up webinar, you can access all the information HERE or check out the recording HERE. Special Thanks to all NFCA Members. Not a Member? Join Now!
December 8, 2022 - Don't miss the December 13th Webinar: NFCA will wrap up 2022 and feature all that we have done for the fireproofing industry! Click HERE to register.
November 30, 2022 - Extra Extra, Read All About It!! November NFCA ENEWS is available NOW. Click HERE for the latest edition.
November 21, 2022 - If you missed the November Webinar, NFCA's Action Updatres on the 2024 Code Development Process,Members can watch all past webinars in the Member's Only Section.
November 14, 2022 - NFCA VIRTUAL IFRM & SFRM Education and Exams on Nov 9-11 had over 35 attendees taking these valuable courses. Next opportunity will be during the "InPerson" NFCA week of learning March 27-29, 2023. Additional details to be posted soon.
November 8, 2022 - NFCA Handbook of Fireproofing Knowledge (HAFK) Available! NFCA's HAFK is an important resource tool. Contractor and Inspector personnel, NFCA Members pay $195, saving $500 off non member price. It's FREE for Governmental Code Officials, Specifiers, Independent or with Design Firms as a service to the industry. CLICK HERE TO ORDER NOW
October 31, 2022 - READ HERE for NFCA's October ENEWS!
October 24, 2022 - NFCA participated at ASTM Committee E06 Meetings the week of Oct. 17th in New Orleans. Industry leaders came together to discuss updates in current standard test methods for thickness and density of SFRM. Watch for more activity in 2023!
October 17, 2022 - Don't forget to register for the November 15th FREE Webinar featuring NFCA's Action Updates on the 2024 Code Development Process and the NFCA & UL Contractor Accreditation Program. GO HERE for additional information.
October 14, 2022 - Did you miss the October Webinar, Overview of UL Guide Information on Fire-Resistance? Members can watch past webinars in the Member's Only Section.
October 4, 2022 - If you missed the September Webinar, Fireproofing Repairs in New Construction & Existing Buildings, Members can always watch past webinars in the Member's Only Section.
September 30, 2022 - READ HERE for NFCA's September ENEWS!
September 26, 2022 - SAVE THE DATE! NFCA'S Week of Learning will be held March 27-31, 2023. Additional Details to come!
September 16, 2022 - NFCA's FREE October Webinar Announced: Overview of UL Guide Information on Fire-Resistance: Main Focus UL-263 and ULC-S-101 Standards. REGISTER TODAY!
September 13, 2022 - NFCA's Board of Director's met last week in person to recap the year and to discuss the promising future of NFCA.
September 6, 2022 - NFCA welcomes George Fine, from True Fireproofing to the NFCA 2022-2023 Board of Directors.
August 31, 2022 - READ HERE for NFCA's August ENEWS!
August 16, 2022 - NFCA's August 16 Webinar, Fireproofing Inspection Details, was watched by over (170) attendees. NFCA Member's can look at PPT slides and watch the taped webinar in the Member's Only Section.
August 8, 2022 - NFCA is offering a retake date (August 19th) for IFRM & SFRM Exam. Must have already previously taken the course to apply. Contact Kriston@nfca-online.org for details.
July 27, 2022 - Register now for NFCA's August Free Webinar: Fireproofing Inspection Details
July 18, 2022 - READ HERE NFCA's June/July ENEWS!
July 11, 2022 - NFCA continues to educate Fireproofing Contractors this past Week of Learning. With 18 participants in the IFRM & SFRM Education program, NFCA is happy to offer this program in person and virtually every year.
"In Person" Class of 2022
July 5, 2022 - Don't forget about the NFCA Handbook of Fireproofing Knowledge (HAFK) ! NFCA's HAFK is an important resource tool for Contractors and Inspectors. .NFCA Members receive a deep discount and it's complimentary for Governmental Code Officials, Specifiers, Independent or with Design Firms as a service to the industry. CLICK HERE TO ORDER NOW
June 27, 2022 - Register now for NFCA's JULY Free Webinar: NFCA CAP & UL Program Review; and Special Award of Excellence High Rise winner presentation.
June 20, 2022 - If you missed NFCA June Webinar "Fireproofing Surface Preparation" go to the Members Only section to see recording and slide presetation.
June 6, 2022 - NFCA May Webinar "2022 AOE Winning Entries" recording now posted in the Members Only section.
June 2, 2022 - NFCA Announces Virtual IFRM & SFRM Education/Exams - Save the Date, November 9-11, 2022. Additional information available soon.
May 31, 2022 - NFCA's MAY ENEWS, now available! READ HERE
May 27, 2022 - Register now for NFCA's JUNE Free Webinar: Fireproofing Surface Preparation. Join NFCA and participating NFCA Manufacturer Members in this important discussion.
May 20, 2022 - NFCA Handbook of Fireproofing Knowledge (HAFK) Available! NFCA's HAFK is an important resource tool. Contractor and Inspector personnel, NFCA Members pay $195, saving $500 off non member price. It's FREE for Governmental Code Officials, Specifiers, Independent or with Design Firms as a service to the industry. CLICK HERE TO ORDER NOW
May 16, 2022 - Don't forget to sign up for the May 24th FREE NFCA webinar. Details HERE
May 9, 2022 - NFCA's monthly FREE Webinar topics just added! Go to the "Events" Tab above for more details.
May 4, 2022 - Check out NFCA's April ENEWS - Available here
May 2, 2022 - NFCA 2022 Week of Learning presentations now posted in the Members Only section.
April 22, 2022- NFCA 2022 Presidential Awards and Award of Excellence winners. For Full List - Click Here
April 18, 2022 - NFCA's Week of Learning Kicked off April 18th, VIrtual Attendees can join in on Thursday, April 21! Go to Events pageto sign up.
April 5, 2022 - 2 Weeks til NFCA's Week of Learning April 18-22, 2022. SPECIAL EVENT ADDED! GO to the Events page for complete details.
March 28, 2022 - NFCA's Executive Director Bill McHugh and Consultant Rich Walke attend the ICC code hearings in Rochester, N.Y. this week. Don't miss NFCA's Week of Learning for a summary of the hearings.
March 24, 2022 - NFCA's March ENEWS if available now. Read it HERE!
March 21, 2022 - NFCA's March Webinar "Compare and Contrast Fire-Resistance & Reaction to Fire Test Standards" was attended by over (100)! If you missed, it, Member's can view a recording and ppt presentation by going to the Member's Only section.
March 17, 2022 - NFCA's Week of Learning is April 18-22, 2022. GO to the Events page for complete details
March 12, 2022 - NFCA Handbook of Fireproofing Knowledge (HAFK) Available! NFCA's HAFK is an important resource tool. Contractor and Inspector personnel, NFCA Members pay $195, saving $500 off non member price. It's FREE for Governmental Code Officials, Specifiers, Independent or with Design Firms as a service to the industry. CLICK HERE TO ORDER NOW
March 7, 2022 - Register for the March 17th FREE Webinar "Compare and Contrast Fire-Resistance & Reaction to Fire Test Standards" click Here for more details
March 3, 2022 - NFCA 2022 Award of Excellence submissions are now in and going to the judging panel. If you didn't make the Feb. 28 deadline, contact Kriston to get your CALL FOR ENTRIES submission accepted late.
February 28, 2022 - READ NFCA's February ENEWS HERE!
February 28, 2022 - NFCA provides industry with reasons why fireproofing needs to be installed by fireproofing workers that understand fire and life safety.
February 25, 2022 - NFCA's 2022 Week of Learning Registration is NOW OPEN. For more information about NFCA Fireproofing Education & Exams, NFCA Annual Conference, click HERE.
February 14, 2022 - DON'T FORGET ABOUT THE NFCA 2022 Award of Excellence CALL FOR ENTRIES 2022 for NFCA Contractor Members DEADLINE Feb. 28, 2022!
February 7, 2022 - NFCA Contractors - There's still time to submit your project for the 2022 Award of Excellence. Click Here for Entry Form! Deadline 2/28/22
February 5, 2022 -Fireproofing Contractors & Fireproofing Inspection Agencies, prepare for NFCA's SFRM and IFRM Fireproofing Exams to become NFCA and UL DRI's and prove competence as Fireproofing Inspectors.
NFCA Handbook of Fireproofing Knowledge (HAFK) Available! NFCA's HAFK is an important resource tool. Contractor and Inspector personnel, NFCA Members pay $195, saving $500 off non member price. It's FREE for Governmental Code Officials, Specifiers, Independent or with Design Firms as a service to the industry. CLICK HERE TO ORDER NOW
January 26, 2022 - READ NFCA's January ENEWS HERE!
January 18, 2022 - NFCA Webinar attendees, anyone else, check out this summary of code actions from ICC's Cycle A Code Development Process. Full scale fire-testing with a load applied, is already required according to the ICC Code Action Committee's decisions to Disapprove our proposal FS1, 2, 4. .
January 13, 2022 - Registration Open for NFCA IFRM & SFRM NFCA IFRM & SFRM VIRTUAL Fireproofing Education and Exams. Fireproofing Inspection agencies, prove competence by passing the NFCA Fireproofing Exams! Want to separate your company from the rest? Register HERE to start the process getting your company NFCA IFRM and or SFRM Accredited!
January 12, 2022 - Save the date for NFCA's Week of Learning in Tempe, AZ April 18-22. NFCA's IFRM & SFRM LIVE Education & Exams is April 18-20, and NFCA Educational Conference, April 21, 22.
January 11, 2022 - NFCA was saddened to hear about the Brooklyn, NY fire tragedy and loss of life. NFCA believes that alarm systems, sprinkler suppression systems, sgtructural fire protection and effective compartmentation, plus occupant education keeps people safe in buildings.
January 9, 2022 - UL's Qualified SFRM Fireprofing Contractor Program (UL QSFRMP) includes a NFCA DRI, and a third party audit of the company management system - a big honor. Specifiers. reqruire this in MasterFormat section 07-81-00 Applied Fireproofing. Contractors, check out the UL QSFRMP program and use it as an adavntage over the competition.
January 8, 2022 -NFCA 2022 Award of Excellence CALL FOR ENTRIES 2022 for NFCA Contractor Members
January 4, 2022 - READ NFCA's December ENEWS HERE!
December 27, 2021 - NFCA IFRM & SFRM VIRTUAL Education and Exam Dates Announced! Save the dates, January 24-26, 2022. Space is available! Register today.
December 14, 2021 - NFCA FREE Webinar December 21, 2021 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm CST For More Details, Click HERE!
December 6, 2021 - NFCA FREE Webinar December 14, 2021 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CST For More Details, Click HERE!
November 31, 2021 - READ NFCA's November ENEWS HERE!
October 19, 2021 - NFCA's 2021 Week of Learning is now history! Presentations will be posted in the Members Only section early next week.
October 11, 2021 - NFCA's Week of Learning is underway.
September 28, 2021 - READ NFCA'S September ENEWS HERE!
September 20, 2021 - NFCA's Week of Learning October 11-15, 2021 Hotel Cut-Off date extended to September 24, 2021. Make your reservation today!
September 16, 2021 - NFCA is at ICC's Code Development Hearings. Want to watch the hearings live? Visit www.ICCSafe.org Wednesday, September 24th.
September 14, 2021 - NFCA's Week of Learning October 11-15, 2021 HOTEL CUT-OFF extended to September 20, 2021. Make your reservation today!
September 9, 2021 - US President Biden announced that the US Dept. of Labor will issue an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) requiring employers with 100 or more employees to ensure their employees either get vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing. When published in the Federal Register, the ETS will become effective immediately in states under OSHA jurisdiction. The 22 states with State OSHA plans will have 30 days to issue rules at least as effective as the federal ETS standard. Watch OSHA’s website for details.
August 23, 2021 - READ NFCA'S August ENEWS HERE!
August 16, 2021 - Sign up for NFCA's Free Webinar The Silent Barrier: Presented by Stuart Bradbury, Carboline
August 2, 2021 - Dog Days of Summer are here. Be sure to stay cool, and follow these helpful safety tips.
July 23, 2021 - Register for UL's 3-Day Virtual Building Innovation Summit, August 31-Sept. 2. This important construction industry event is geared for architects, fire safety professionals and others and includes topics that impact the built environment, safety and security. Visit www.ul.com/events/building-innovation-summit-2021 to learn more.
July 7, 2021 - NFCA files several Public Comments during the International Code Council Development Process for October 2021 Hearings.
July 1, 2021 - UL Extends Special Offer to NFCA Contractors. Save $3200 on initial audit. Contact NFCA for more info,
June 28, 2021 - NFCA's June 21-23 Virtual Fireproofing Education and Exams was well attended with over 22 attendees. The Agenda had great speakers from Carboline, GCP, Isolatek, Hilti, NFCA.The next opportunity to take the exams is Oct. 11-13, before NFCA's Annual Conference. Watch for the link to register shortly.
June 16, 2021 - Watch for REGISTRATION soon for the next NFCA FREE Webinar July 14, 1pm CDT. We'll cover a UL Product iQ Tour of Tested and Listed Fireproofing Designs - Part 2- with Rich Walke & Bill McHugh.
June 3, 2021 - READ NFCA's Latest Enews HERE
May 20, 2021 - NFCA continues to work with members on key issues in the industry. We're researching the effect of attachments to structural buildng elements to understand when - and how far from the attachment area - and when not to protect those attachmetns. Watch for more later this summer.
May 19, 2021 - Fireproofing Contractors, material prices are changing rapidly. Hendrick, Phillips, Salzman and Seigel (HPSS) construction law firm has some answers. Check out HPSS' recommendations to protect your company and your customers. Watch for NFCA's Enews for more on this subject.
May 5, 2021 - NFCA's Code Committee met yesterday to review NFCA's actions at ICC's International Building Code development process. Look for a full report in a webinar soon!
April 29, 2021 -NFCA's Webinar with NRC's Andre Laroche on Canada's Code Development Process, and Bill McHugh on NFCA's Actions in Canada & NFPA 101 brought new knowlege to make buildings safer thorugh code development in North America. NFCA Members, check out the slides and recording in the Members Only Section.
April 16, 2021 - Date Change for NFCA FREE Webinar on the Canadian Code Process from April 23 to WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28, 1 pm, CDT. Register now
April 14, 2021 - Save the date for NFCA's VIRTUAL Education and Exams for CAP DRI's and Fireproofing Inspectors - June 21-23, 2021.
April 11, 2021 - NFCA's Code Committee worked through 2020 developing International Building Code proposals to improve safety in buildings through fire-resistance and fireproofing. Code hearings started today, Sunday, April 11. Visit ICC's Website to see hearings via live stream.
April 5, 2021 - UL Extends Special Offer to NFCA Contractors - NFCA encourages contractors interested in the UL SFRM Qualified Contractor Program to take advantage of UL's Special Offer. Complete your application by 4/30/21 and save $3,200 on your initial audit. Contact NFCA for more information.
March 28, 2021- NFCA is active in Canada's National Building Code of Canada and NFPA 101/5000 code development processes. Don't miss NFCA's next Canada and NFPA Code Webinar - April 2, 2021.
March 16, 2021 - NFCA Free Webinar Series
"NEW 2021 Building Code, IBC & IFC"
NFCA's Bill McHugh and Rich Walke covered the NEW 2021 International Building Code, fireproofing requirements, and highlights about the 2024 code development process. NFCA Members, check out the slides and recordings in the Members Only Section.
March 15, 2021 - Welcome Kriston Ewoldt to NFCA's Staff as Associate Executive Director, Meetings, Membership and Marketing.
March 9, 2021 - NFCA March 2021-Enews
February 22, 2021, - NFCA Welcomes Phampenam Inc.
NFCA welcomes Phampena, Inc., Kent, WA, as a NFCA Contractor Member.
February 17, 2021, - NFCA Welcomes Life Safety Services
February 16, 2021 - NFCA Free Webinar Series
"NFCA on NFCA's CAP, UL QSFRMCP and Special Inspection"
Structural fire-resistance achieved through fireproofing helps keep buildings supported during fire. It's important that the tested and listed systems be ... Presented by NFCA Executive Director, Bill McHugh. Click here to view it FREE.
February 5, 2021 - OSHA COVID-19 Guidance
As workers and employers seek ways to keep their workforce safe, OSHA offers many resources for the Construction Workforce. CLICK HERE for more information.
January 26, 2021 - NFCA Free Webinar Series
"Fire-Resistance Standards and the International Building Code"
Rich Walke presents the key parts of ASTM E119, UL 263 and CAN/ULC-S101 for the fire test standards and more. Click here for more information and to view this webinar.
January 21, 2021 - UL Extends Special Offer to NFCA Contractors
NFCA encourages all contractors who plan on becoming a UL SFRM Qualified Contractor, to take advantage of UL's Special Offer. Complete your application by 4/30/21 and save $3,200 on your initial audit. Contact NFCA for more information.
January 12, 2021 - NFCA January 2021-Enews
January 6, 2021 - NFCA Welcomes OPCMIA Local 528
NFCA welcomes new Associate Member OPCMIA Local 528, Seattle, WA.
December 18, 2020 - NFCA Welcomes NEW Contractor Members
NFCA welcomes Level 5 Inc., Santa Clara, CA; and Rutherford Co., Inc., Los Angeles, CA. NFCA Membership makes it possible for NFCA to provide fireproofing educational opportunities and a voice for fireproofing contractors. Thank you!
December 17, 2020 - NFCA Free Webinar Series
NFCA & Codes Past and Future...
NFCA's Bill McHugh and Rich Walke present on the International Code Council's Code Development Process and the National Research Council of Canada's Code Development and more! Webinar recording and webinar presentation now available in the "Members Only" Section.
December 8, 2020 - NFCA December 2020 Enews
NFCA December 2020 Enews - Happy Holidays!
December 4, 2020 - Respect the Listing
NFCA's Handbook of Accepted Fireproofing Knowledge (HAFK) provides a section on patching fireproofing. Check out NFCA's HAFK Appendix 1, SFRM Patching and Appendix 2, IFRM Patching documents to learn NFCA's position, "Respect the Listing", using the same material in the tested and listed system design.
Novenber 25, 2020 - HAPPY THANKSGIVING
NFCA will be closed Thursay & Friday, November 26 & 27.
November 17, 2020 - NFCA Free Webinar Series
"Using Tested and Listed Designs to Show Code Compliance"
The International Building Code and the NFPA101 Life Safety Code require fire-reistance-rated assemblies to be testing in accordance with ... click here for more information.
November 3, 2020 - Update Coming
NEW Quality Management Chapter is being added to The NFCA Handbook of Accepted Fireproofing Knowledge. NFCA will contact current Handbook owners to receive the free update.
October 22, 2020 - Walls & Ceilings Magazine
Click here for your FREE subscription to Walls & Ceilings Magazine. The digial edition gives you easy access!
October 20, 2020 - NFCA Free Webinar Series
"Liability Arising Out of Construction Documentation"
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.
October 12, 2020 - NFCA October Enews
NFCA October Enews click here!
October 4-10, 2020 - Fire Prevention Week
NFCA This year's Fire Prevention Week campaign, "Serve up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!" works to educate everyone about the simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves, and those around then, safe in the kitchen. Click here for more information.
NFCA welcomes Oaks Brothers, Inc., Greenbrier, AR, as a NFCA Contractor Member.
September 22-24, 2020 - NFCA Virtual Conference
NFCA 2020 Fireproofing Educational Virtual Conference was well attended. Over 220 people attended during the 3 day virtual event. All presentations are available in the "Members Only" Section.
September 22, 2020 - WINNERS ANNOUNCED!
NFCA Award of Excellence 2020
NFCA Director Emeritus, Howard Towler, ACME Fireproofing, annouced the 2020 NFCA Award of Excellence Winners at the NFCA Virtual Conference today. Congratulations to the winners: Aries Contracting, Ottawa; Isam Kabbaani-CRES Division, Saudia Arabia; Performance Contracting, Woodinville, WA; and Rolling Plains Construction, Apache Junction, AZ. Click here for full details.
September 21, 2020 - NFCA September Enews
NFCA September Enews click here!
September 18, 2020 - NFCA Welcomes Maccari Companies, Inc.
NFCA welcomes Maccari Companies, Inc., Wilmington, DE, as a NFCA Contractor Member.
September 17, 2020 - NFCA at ICC/NFPA
The International Code Council's Code Development Process has started and the Code Action Committee (CAC) is in full swing. Don't miss next week's code presentation, Tuesday, Sept. 22 as NFCA Executive Director Bill McHugh updates the industry.
September 17, 2020 - NFCA Free Webinar Series
Fireproofing Board - Advantages, Disadvantages & More
Join NFCA and Matt Auchy, Albi Protective Coatings, as Matt discusses fireproofing board - advantages, more.Webinar recording and slide presentation available in the "Members Only" Section.
September 3, 2020 - OSHA Top 10 Violations
OSHA will soon release the 2020 Top 10 List of Serious Violations. This list is beneficial to review and keep in mind in implementing company safety procedures. Click here to view the List for 2019.
August 28, 2020 - NFCA Code Committee
NFCA's Code and Canada Committees met last week to continue to prepare for the International Code Council's Code Development Cycle. Next meeting will be early October. Contact NFCA with any items or issues you would like addressed.
August 19, 2020 - NFCA August Enews
NFCA August Enews click here!
August 19, 2020 -Safety Alert
OSHA recently updated the ‘Inspection Procedures for the Respirable Crystalline Silica Standards’. Click here for more information.
August 13, 2020 - Thank you NFCA Associate Members
NFCA Associate Membership has grown to 27. These are companies who support NFCA Contractor Members via their products, services and support toward NFCA. Take a minute to review the NFCA Associate Member List.
August 4, 2020 - NFCA Welcomes Accurate Insulation, a IBP Co.
NFCA welcomes Accurate Insulation, a IBP Co., Grand Junction, CO, as a NFCA Interim Branch Contractor Member.
July 30, 2020 - New NFCA Technical Education Committee
NFCA Technical Education Committee is working on new chapters for the NFCA Handbook of Fireproofing Knowledge and the development of education programs for the industry. Click here to find out about other NFCA Committees.
July 27, 2020 - NFCA Welcomes Titan Fireproofing Corporation
NFCA welcomes Titan Fireproofing Corporation, Thornhill, ON, as a NFCA Interim Contractor Member.
July 23, 2020 - UL Qualified SFRM Contractor Program
NFCA and UL are happy to announce the UL Qualified SFRM Contractor Program focused on quality installation procedures. Special Offer: UL is giving a huge discount to contractors who sign up this year! Contact NFCA for more information.
July, 23, 2020 - NFCA Free Webinar Series
Join NFCA and George Guanci, Business Development Manager, The Sherwin Williams Company, as George unravels the mysteries of Intumescent Fireproofing.Webinar recording and side presentation available in the "Members Only" Section.
July 3, 2020 - Happy 4th of July!
NFCA will be closed Friday, July 3, 2020.
July 2, 2020 - NFCA Welcomes Strong Foam Insulation Inc.
NFCA welcomes Strong Foam Insulation Inc., Kitchener, ON, as a NFCA Interim Contractor Member.
June 29, 2020 - NFCA Welcomes Arango Proofing LLC
NFCA welcomes Arango Fireproofing LLC, Fayetteville, GA, as a NFCA Contractor Member.
June 24, 2020 - NFCA Welcomes Fischer Technology
NFCA Welcome Fischer Technology, Windsor, CT, as a NFCA Associate Member.
June 24, 2020 - NFCA Free Webinar Series
Fireproofing Board - Advantages, Disadvantages & More
Join NFCA and Albi Protective Coatings' Matt Auchy and Daryl Orlich, as they discuss fireproofing board - advantages, more. Webinar recording and side presentation available in the "Members Only" Section.
June 19, 2020 - NFCA June E-news
NFCA June 2020 Enews click here!
NFCA Member Resources - COVID-19
We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy.
June 11, 2020 - NFCA Free Webinar Series
Accreditation Programs for Fireproofing Contractors
NFCA's Bill McHugh and UL's Ruben Sandoval, discuss and explain the NFCA Contractor Accreditation Program and the UL Qualified SFRM Program. Click here to view the webinar presentation and or slide presentation.
May 28, 2020 - NFCA Welcomes Accurate Firestop & Insulation
NFCA Welcomes Accurate Firestop & Insulation, Pleasanton, CA, as a NFCA Contractor Member.
May 15, 2020 - NFCA Free Webinar Series
Intumescent Fireproofing Inspection
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Central Time, join NFCA Friday, May 15, as Ernst Toussaint, PE, Senior Steel Protection Engineer Manager, Hilti, discusses Intumescent Fireproofing Inspection. Webinar recording and slide presentation available in the "Members Only" Section.
May 7, 2020 - NFCA Free Webinar Series
What ou need to know - COVID-19: Information for Contractors
Join NFCA Thursday, May 7 as a panel of attorneys from Hendrick, Phillips, Salzman & Siegel discuss a host of issues facing contractors during this global pandemic. Webinar recording and slide presentation available in the "Members Only" Section.
April 30, 2020 - NFCA Free Webinar Series
NFCA 2020 Update Webinar from NFCA Leadership
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Central Time, join NFCA Leadership Jonathan Wohl, Martin Rodriguez and Bill McHugh, to learn about what is happening at NFCA. Recording and slide presentation available in the "Members Only" Section.
April 20, 2020 - NFCA Free Webinar Series
Fireproofing - some details, inspection, patching and more!
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, Central Time, join NFCA's Bill McHugh as he discusses these very active areas in our industry. Recording and slide presentation available in the "Members Only" Section.
April 1, 2020 - NFCA Free Webinar Series
"Fireproofing - Back to Basics" - NFCA's Bill McHugh & Rich Walke will discuss how fire-resistance ratings are established on structural elements. Recording and slide presentation available in the "Members Only" Section.
March 26, 2020 - Requirements for Employers
Information from Hendrick Phillips Salzman & Siegel Attorneys at Law, regarding employer requirements from the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
March 24, 2020 - Click the link below to read information from Hendrick Phillips Salzman & Siegel Attorneys at Law, discussing different State Executive Orders and what they mean for construction companies.
March 20, 2020 - Click here for helpful COVID-19 links and information via NFCA
March 20, 2020 - Toolbox Talk for NFCA
March 16, 2020 - NFCA Austin Events Postponed
NFCA Staff and Leadership have postponed the NFCA Austin Events scheduled for April 2020.
New dates will be announced as soon as we know them, or when other action is determined. Stay tuned and stay safe!
March 11, 2020 - NFCA Welcomes Red Engineering - Blaze King
NFCA Welcomes Red Engineering LLC - Blaze King, Pleasant Shade, TN, as a NFCA Associate Member.
March 11, 2020 - NFCA Free Webinar Series
"IFRM Fireproofing Materials - Field and Shop Advantages, Disadvantages and more", Presented by Sean Younger, Senior Fireproofing Market Manager, Carboline Company. Webinar recording and slide presentation available in the "Members Only" Section.
February 24, 2020 - NFCA Welcomes Diverse Works
Entry deadline extended to
February 17, 2020
NFCA Award of Excellence
Recognizing Contractor Members.
February 11, 2020 - New NFCA Apparel!
Now avaialable for order in the "Members Only" Section. Order by March 6 to have for Austin!
February 13, 2020 - NFCA Welcomes Pipeline Services Inc.
February 12, 2020 - NFCA Welcomes Adler Firestopping Ltd.
NFCA welcomes Adler Firestopping Ltd., Calgary, AB, as a NFCA Contractor Member.
February 10, 2020 - NFCA Welcomes Performance Firestop, Inc.
NFCA welcomes Performance Firestop, Inc., Green Bay, WI, as a NFCA Contractor Member.
January 29, 2020 - NFCA January E-news
NFCA January E-News click here!
January 21, 2020 - NFCA Free Webinar Series
Rectification of "Restrained vs. Unrestrained", Presented by Kevin LaMalva, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Tuesday, January 21, 2020. p.m. Central Time. Recording and slide presentation available in the "Members Only" Section.
January 6, 2020 - NFCA Welcomes Strong Manufacturing Co.
NFCA Welcomes Strong Manufacturing Co., Pine Bluff AR, as a NFCA Associate Member.
December 12, 2019 - NFCA December E-news
NFCA December E-News click here!
December 11, 2019 - NFCA Free Webinar Series
NFCA Code Update, 2021 Code - Looking Ahead, Presented by Bill McHugh, NFCA Executive Director, Wed., December 11, 2020. Available to view in the "Members Only" Section.
November 27, 2019 - Happy Thanksgiving
NFCA will be closed November 28 & 29.
November 19, 2019 - NFCA Free Webinar Series
Whats Your Product IQ? Presented by Rich Walke, UL Codes and Regulatory Services, Tue., Nov. 19, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Central Time. Available to view in the "Members Only" Section.
November 5, 2019 - NFCA Enews
NFCA November Enews click here!
October 28, 2019 - Congratulations Nathan Kimmel Company
And Carol Schary, who was featured in the LA Business Journal as one of the most influential family-owned businesses!
October 25, 2019 - NFCA Welcomes Technical Services Information Bureau
NFCA welcomes Technical Services Information Bureau, Orange, CA, as a NFCA Associate Member.
October 3, 2019 - NFCA Fire-Resistance in Buildings Seminar
Over 90 people attended the seminar at The L.A. Grand Hotel, Los Angeles. All presentations available in the "Resources" Tab, under "Links".
September 26, 2019 - NFCA Welcomes Mowery-Thomason Inc.
NFCA Welcomes Mowery-Thomason Inc, Anaheim, CA, as a NFCA Contractor Member.
September 18, 2019 - NFCA Free Webinar Series
The Importance of Maintaining Fireproofing in Existing Buildings - presented by NFCA Executive Director Bill McHugh. Available in "Members Only" Section.
September 11, 2019 - NFCA Enews
NFCA September Enews click here!
August 14, 2019 - NFCA Enews
NFCA August Enews click here!
August 13, 2019 - NFCA Free Webinar Series
Intumescent Fire-Resistive Material (IFRM) - Questions from the Field on IFRM and UL 263 - presented by Ernst Toussaint, PE, Senior Steel Protection Engineer Manager, Hilti, Click here.
August 6, 2019 - NFCA Welcomes William Reichenbach Company
NFCA Welcomes William Reichenbach Company, Okemos, MI, as a NFCA Contractor Member
July 23, 2019 - NFCA Welcomes CALMAR CORPORATION
NFCA Welcomes CALMAR CORPORATION, Kenner, LA, as a NFCA Contractor Member
July 11, 2019 - NFCA Enews
NFCA July Enews click here.
June 26, 2019 - NFCA Free Webinar Series
An Overview - Fire-Resistance, Testing, Installation, Inspection, Maintenance, presented by Bill McHugh, NFCA Executive Director. Presentation available in the "Members Only" Section.
June 5, 2019 - NFCA Presented at the PFPNetwork, Manchester
NFCA Executive Director Bill McHugh presented at the PFPNetwork in Manchester, England. Great to meet new friends and see NFCA Board Member Bob Poole at the conference.
June 3, 2019 - NFCA Welcomes C.I. Contractors, Inc.
NFCA Welcomes C.I. Contractors, Inc., Anchorage, AK, as a NFCA Interim Contractor Member.
May 21, 2019 - NFCA Welcomes Alternate Resistance Specialists
NFCA Welcomes Alternate Resistance Specialists, LLC, Arvada, CO, as a NFCA Contractor Member.
May 15, 2019 - NFCA Free Webinar Series
Thermal Barrier Standards - Past, Present & Future - presented by John Dalton, GCP Applied Technologies, Wednesday, May 15, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Central Time. Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) insulation provides... Presentation available in the "Members Only" Section.
May 6, 2019 - NFCA Welcomes Frantl Industries Inc.
NFCA Welcomes Frantl Industries Inc., Sussex, WI, as a NFCA Contractor Member.
April 30, 2019 - Chicago Gets a New Building Code
NFCA was honored to participate in the Code Development Process. Chicago modified the International Building Code to make it meet the demands of the City. Chicago’s fire-resistance codes result in safe buildings.
April 23, 2019 - NFCA April E-News
NFCA April E-News is available by clicking here. NFCA Orlando, Safety Information, Webinar on Thermal Barriers, NFCA Shirts, New Members and more!
April 16, 2019 - NFCA at Worcester Polytecnic Institute
NFCA's Bill McHugh and John Taglienti spoke at the CSI Worcester Chapter Meeting held at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Thanks to NFCA Members GCP Applied Technologies and Albi Protective Coatings for donating time and material for the real time fire test demo where attendees were able to see first hand how Intumescent Fire-Resistive Material and Sprayed Fire-Resistive Material react over different building materials.
April 15, 2019 - NFCA Orlando Conference
April 2, 2019 - NFCA @ ASTM Denver
NFCA Executive Director Bill McHugh was able to comment at ASTM’s Member Luncheon, thanking ASTM President Kathy Morgan for ASTM’s staff, process, and open discussion on critical industry issues.
April 1, 2019 - NFCA Fireproofing Safety Information
Now available in the Members Only Section. This information focuses specifically on the safety and hazard/risk conditions and environments face by fireproofing applicators, and how to reduce their risk for injury on the worksite.
2019 NFCA Fireproofing Educational Conference - March 20-22, Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista at Disney Springs. Presentations available in the Members Only Section.
March 14, 2019 - NFCA Welcomes New Contractor Member
NFCA Welcomes PAL Environmental Services Long Island City, NY , as a NFCA Contractor Member
March 13, 2019 - NFCA Welcomes New Contractor Member
NFCA Welcomes Thermo Tec Insulation, Euclid, OH, as a NFCA Contractor Member.
March 12, 2019 - NFCA Welcomes New Interim Contractor Member
NFCA Welcomes Low Country Firestop, Boca Raton, FL as a Interim Contractor Member.
March 11, 2019 - NFCA Welcomes New Contractor Members
NFCA Welcomes PCC Contracting, Inc., Schenectady, NY, and RG Insulation, Denver, CO, as NFCA Contractor Members. We look forward to meeting everyone in Orlando!
March 5, 2019 - NFCA Welcomes Tehilla Construction Ltd
NFCA Welcomes Tehilla Construction Ltd., Edmonton, AB, as a NFCA Contractor Member.
February 27, 2019 - NFCA Welcomes Cassidy Painting
NFCA Welcomes Cassidy Painting, Inc., Wilmington, DE, as a NFCA Contractor Member.
February 26, 2019 - NFCA Welcomes Mader Construction
NFCA Welcomes Mader Construction Co., Inc., Elm, NY, as a NFCA Contractor Member.
February 20, 2019 - NFCA Welcomes GLS Spray Services
NFCA Welcomes GLS Spray Services, Poway, CA, as a NFCA Contractor Member.
Feb. 15, 2019 - NFCA Welcomes Mackenzie Painting Co.
NFCA Welcomes Mackenzie Painting Co., Stratford, CT, as a NFCA Contractor Member.
Feb. 14, 2019 - NFCA Welcomes Fireproofing Estimation Services
NFCA Welcomes Fireproofing Estimation Services as a NFCA Associate Member.
February 13, 2019 - NFCA Welcomes GA Fire Proofing, LLC
NFCA Welcomes GA Fire Proofing, LLC, Marietta, GA, as a NFCA Contractor Member.
December 27, 2018 - NFCA Welcomes Diversified Thermal, Inc.
NFCA Welcomes Diversified Thermal, Inc., Houston, TX, as a NFCA Contractor Member.
December 11, 2018 - NFCA Welcomes Envirotherm Insulators Ltd
NFCA Welcomes Envirotherm Insulators Ltd, Yoho, NB, Canada, as a NFCA Contractor Member.
December 10, 2018 - NFCA Welcomes 7800 Solutions, LLC
NFCA Welcomes 7800 Solutions, LLC, Athens, GA, as a NFCA Associate Member.
December 6, 2018 - NFCA Webinar Series 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. CST
"Fireproofing 101" Back to Basics Part II: UL Special Topics
Join NFCA and Phil Mancuso, Senior Technical Services Manager, ISOLATEK INTERNATIONAL, for the second part of our Back to Basics Series. Webinar is available to view inthe NFCA Members Only Section.
December 4, 2018 - NFCA Welcomes New Members!
November 6, 2018 - NFCA November Enews
Oct. 31, 2018 - NFCA Webinar Series 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. CST
"Fireproofing 101" Back to Basics Part I:
How to Select a UL Design - Join NFCA and Phil Mancuso, Senior Technical Services Manager, ISOLATEK INTERNATIONAL, as we go back to basics. In this part of the series, we are going to 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.
October 24, 2018 - NFCA Contractor Branch Membership
NFCA Welcomes Alpha Insulation & Waterproofing, Denver, CO, as a NFCA Contractor Branch Member. NFCA Branch Membership is $250 per year and includes 2 free state listings. Contractors with more than one location should take advantage of this NFCA member benefit!
October 24, 2018 - NFCA Requested Interpretation from ICC
NFCA requested an interpretation of Table 601 for a Multi-Story Project with Type 1B Construction. Check out this interpretation on the Resources Page– another resource from NFCA.
October 9, 2018 - NFCA October Enews
October 7-13 - Fire Prevention Week
Fire prevention saves lives and provides a safer work and home environment. Fire Prevention Week is a good time to check your smoke alarms, fire extinguishers and review or establish a fire prevention plan. Go to www.firepreventionweek.org for a wealth of tools and information.
Oct. 5, 2018 - Grand Opening OPCMIA
Congratulations to OPCMIA on the grand opening of the OPCMIA International Fireproofing Training Center, the first of its kind in North America, located in Merrillville, IN.
Sept. 27, 2018 - NFCA Free Webinar Series 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. CST
"Fireproofing Patching & Building/Fire-Codes
Join NFCA Executive Director Bill McHugh and Graco's Danny Carrillo, Business Development Manager for ToughTek Mortar Equipment, as they talk about Fireproofing Patching and Building/Fire-Code. Webinar now available to view in the NFCA Members Only Section.
NFCA Fire-Resistance in Buildings Seminar Denver
Tuesday, September 25th, the Warwick Hotel, Denver, CO.
Over 100 people attended this day of Fire-Resistance in Buildings education. Thank you to the NFCA Membership who make this possible. Special Thanks to NFCA Manufacturer Supplier Member Sponsors: Albi Protective Coatings, Carboline, GCP Applied Technologies, Hilti, Isolatek International and Sherwin Williams. All Seminar presentations are available to view in the NFCA Members Only Section.
September 19, 2018 - NFCA Welcomes TruTeam
Welcome TruTeam, Daytona Beach, FL, as a NFCA Contractor Member.
September 12, 2018 - NFCA September Enews
August 29, 2018 - Island Diversified Inc.
Congratulations to Island Diversified, Calverton, NY for becoming a NFCA Accredited Contractor. Island Diversified has earned the SFRM And IFRM Accreditations.
Elevate your company by becoming a NFCA Accredited Contractor. Next training March 18-20 in Orlando, FL.
August 22, 2018 - Spray Foam over Applied Fireproofing
NFCA gets questions about application of Spray Polyurethane Foam and other insulations over Spray Fire-Resistant Materials and Intumescent Fire-Resistant Materials frequently. This UL Bulletin states that the application has not been tested. Click here to check it out.
August 21, 2018 - Table 601 2018 International Building Code
Click here to read an interpretation of Table 601, Footnote b, of the 2018 International Building Code. Take note of the last sentence in paragraph 3 "a rating would still be required for any columns."
August 15, 2018 - NFCA August Enews
Aug. 3, 2018 - Welcome to NFCA
NFCA Welcomes Sound Fire & Life Safety Inspection Services, LLC, Rio Rancho, NM as a NFCA Associate Member.
July 26, 2018 - NFCA at NFPA Meeting
NFCA had a great showing at the NFPA Fire Protection Features Committee Meeting in Minneapolis, MN. NFCA was able to get the committee to agree to add that SFRM and IFRM Fireproofing is to be installed to listings and manufacturers installation instructions. (3 separate Fireproofing Proposals).
July 13, 2018 - NFCA July Enews
NFCA July Enews ia available by clicking here. NFCA Announces 2019 Fireproofing Educational Conference & Meeting to be held March 20-22, 2019, at Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, FL. NFCA Contractor Accreditation Program Training will be held March 18-20, prior the conference.
July 12, 2018 - NFCA Welcomes Accu1 Direct Inc
NFCA welcomes Accu1 Direct Inc, East Longmeadow, MA, as a NFCA Associate Member. Accu1 manufactures Fireproofing Equipment and has been in business for over 30 years. Click here for more information.
July 1, 2018 - NFCA is Active
NFCA has submitted NFPA Code Proposals, ICC Code Public Comments, participated at a Fire-Resistance Symposium in Bogota, Columbia and are working on the NFCA Fireproofing Book. And, we communicate with many members and interested specifiers and building code officials daily.
June 15, 2018 - NFCA with AISC
NFCA President Jonathan Wohl and Vice President Martin Rodriguez travelled to New Orleans and gave NFCA input to the American Institute of Steel Constructions’ “Innovation Conference”. The report of the meeting stated that AISC wants to study Performance Based Design in more detail. Look for a session on Performance Based Design from NFCA in the future.
June 7, 2018 - NFCA June Enews
NFCA June Enews is available by clicking here. See NFCA Safety Tip of the Month from John Taglienti, East Coast Fireproofing; UL's announcement; NFCA ICC Code Proposal Update and more! June is National Safety Month - think Safety!
May 25, 2018 - NFCA Welcomes Plasterers' Local 200
NFCA welcomes Plasterers' Local 200, Pomona, CA, as a NFCA Associate Member.
May 15, 2018 - NFCA Free Webinar Series 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. CT
"Best Practices & Overall Equipment Safety"
Join NFCA and Lowell Knott (LK), Technical Services, Hy-Flex Corp., as LK discusses equipment maintenance best practices and safety. Webinar and presentation now available in the "Members Only" Section.
April 24, 2018 - NFCA Welcomes PureFoam Roofing & Insulation
Welcome PureFoam Roofing & Insulation, Shelbyville, KY, as a NFCA Contractor Member.
April 17, 2018 - NFCA Welcomes A & A Firelok Barrier Systems
Welcome A & A Firelok Barrier Systems, Kingsport, TN, as a NFCA Contractor Member.
March 20, 2018 - NFCA Welcomes Olympic Companies, Inc.
NFCA welcomes Olympic Companies, Inc., Waukesha, WI as a NFCA Contractor Branch Member.
March 16, 2018 - NFCA Welcomes New Interim Contractor Member
NFCA welcomes KC Spray Foam & Coatings LLC, Olathe, KS, as NFCA Interim Contractor Member.
March 9, 2018 - NFCA Welcomes New Interim Contractor Member
NFCA welcomes Ace Insulation Services, Inc., El Paso, TX, as NFCA Interim Contractor Member.
March 7, 2018 - NFCA Welcomes New Interim Contractor Member
NFCA welcomes Select Spray Systems, Salem, NH as NFCA Interim Contractor Member.
March 6, 2018 - NFCA Welcomes New Contractor Members!
NFCA welcomes Interior/Exterior Specialist, Scotts Mills, OR and
Isolation 4 Saisons, Repentigny, Quebec, as NFCA Contractor Members.
Feb. 27, 2018 - NFCA Welcomes Southwest Specialty Coatings, Inc.
NFCA welcomes Southwest Specialty Coatings, Inc., North Las Vegas, NV, as a NFCA Contractor Member.
Feb. 22, 2018 - NFCA Welcomes EastCoast Applicators, Inc.
NFCA welcomes EastCoast Applicators, Inc., Palm Bay, FL as a NFCA Contractor Member.
Feb. 14, 2018 - NFCA Welcomes Thermospray of Lexington, Inc.
NFCA welcomes Thermospray of Lexington, Inc., Lexington, KY, as a NFCA Contractor Member.
Feb. 12, 2018 - NFCA Welcomes Olympic Companies, Inc.
NFCA welcomes Olympic Companies, Inc., Minnetonka, MN, as a NFCA Contractor Member.
Feb. 2, 2018 - NFCA Welcomes D^2 Fireproofing Solutions
NFCA welcomes D^2 Fireproofing Solutions, Manhattan, MT, as a NFCA Associate Member.
Jan. 24, 2018 - NFCA Welcomes Ecofoam Insulation Ltd.
NFCA welcomes Ecofoam Insulation Ltd., Bay Roberts, NL, as a NFCA Contractor Member.
Jan. 23, 2018 - NFCA Free Webinar Series "UL Fire Resistance Testing & What it Means to You"
Luke Woods, Principal Engineer, Fire Resistance and Containment, UL, presents "UL Fire Resistance Testing & What it Means to You", Beams, Columns, Walls and Firestop Head of Wall Joints. Presentation available in the Members Only Section.
Jan. 22, 2018 - NFCA Welcomes QCA Building Envelope LTD
NFCA welcomes QCA Building Envelope LTD, Winnipeg, MB, as a NFCA Associate Member.
NFCA welcomes V&C Drywall Contractors Inc., Kapolei, HI, as a NFCA Contractor Member.
NFCA welcomes Geopolymer Solutions LLC as a NFCA Manufacturer Supplier Member
NFCA welcomes C.M. Morris Group, Inc., Deerfield, WI, as a NFCA Contractor Member.
NFCA met with the American Institute of Steel Construction to build a relationship to promote fire-resistance rated steel buildings. Watch for more in 2018.-
NFCA welcomes Quikspray Inc., Port Clinton, OH, as a NFCA Associate Member.
NFCA welcomes Woods' Fireproofing Inc., Parkton, MD, as a NFCA Contractor Member.
Carol Schary, President & Owner and Valentin Esaulenko, Technical Manager, Nathan Kimmel Company, present on Fireproofing Injection Systems. Presentation available in the Members OnlySection.
Sept. 22, 2017 - NFCA's Fireproofing Symposium in Chicago a big hit. Thanks to UL for the tour.
Sept. 14, NFCA Free Webinar Series -
How to Build a Successful Safety Policy presented by Roger Tickner, Tickner & Associates, Richmond Hill, ON. Webinar available in the Members Only section.
Sept. 2 - NFCA Welcomes Ryder Insulation, Inc.
Ryder Insulation, Inc., Houston, TX, as a NFCA Contractor Member.
Sept. 2 - Congratulations to PCI Seattle Interior,
Woodinville, WA, for becoming IFRM and SFRM Accredited through NFCA's Contractor Accreditation Program
August 31, NFCA Free Webinar Series
Substitution of Beams - Join NFCA and John Dalton, GCP Applied Technologies, on Wednesday, August 31st at 1:00 pm CST.
August 8 - Congratulations to EdanShield Construction Inc.,
Bradford, ON, for becoming IFRM and SFRM Accredited through NFCA's Contractor Accreditation Program
NFCA CELEBRATES 101 MEMBERS
July 15 - Congratulations! To the Newest NFCA IFRM and SFRM Accredited Contractors
ACME Fireproofing & Insulation, Fairmont City, IL
Commercial Fireproofing & Insulation, Dallas, TX
Donalco Western Inc., Edmonton, AB
TRUE Fireproofing Company, Tulsa, OK
June 30 - Congratulations!
ML McDonald Sales Company, Watertown, MA
The newest NFCA IFRM and SFRM Accredited Contractor.
June 28 - Congratulations!
Alpha Insulation & Waterproofing, Round Rock,TX
For becoming IFRM and SFRM Accredited through NFCA's Contractor Accreditation Program.
June 16 - NFCA Welcomes National Firestop
National Firestop, Winnipeg, MB is NFCA's newest contractor member.
NFCA CELEBRATES 101 MEMBERS!
June 8 - Welcome C J Spray -
NFCA welcomes C J Spray, Eagan, MN, as a NFCA Associate Member - AND - NFCA's 100th Member!
June 6 - Welcome J & M Services -
J & M Services, Garden Grove, CA, NFCA's newest Associate Member, an equipment manufacturer and maker of the of J & M Mini Sprayer.
June 1 - Congratulations to PCI Los Angeles Interior
For becoming IFRM and SFRM Accredited through NFCA's Contractor Accreditation Program.
June 1 - NFCA Contractor becomes SFRM Accredited
Congratulations to The Harver Company, Oswego, OR, NFCA SFRM Accredited Contractor.
May 27 - Two NFCA Contractors become IFRM and SFRM Accredited
May 24 - NFCA's Founding Executive Director Hugh Dudley
received an award of excellence from NFCA President John Taglienti. Hugh laid a great base of programs for NFCA to build on.
John Taglienti, NFCA President, East Coast Fireproofing; Gary Kratos, Isolatek International; Hugh Dudley, Former NFCA Executive Director; Bret Simpson, GCP Applied Technologies; and Bill McHugh, NFCA Executive Director
May 11th - NFCA Webinar
20 Ft. Rule; Ways to deal with cold weather application; How to compete against non-certified products; the "Top 10 List" continued....
May 3 - NFCA's 1st Contractor Member from United Arab Emirates.
Welcome Rise & Shine Insulation & Fire Protection LLC, Abu Dhabi, UAE.
April 28 - Welcome Hoyer-Warner
Hoyer-Warner, Bensenville, IL is NFCA's newest Associate Member.
April 26 - NFCA's work at the ICC's Code Development Hearings in Louisville, KY, for the 2018 edition of the International Fire Code went well. The Fire Code Committee gave some great pointers on how to public comment NFCA's proposalto identify the fireproofing installed in buildings. Look for NFCA's Code Committee to get involved on this one and submit a comment in late July. Join NFCA now to be part of the action!.
April 21 - NFCA Welcomes Southern Insulation, Inc., Hyattsville, MD as a NFCA Contractor Member. NFCA Members make NFCA happen!
April 15 - NFCA's Dallas Educational Conference Presentations have been posted to the Members Only Section at NFCA-online.org. Members, check them out now. Not a member? Contact Sandy@NFCA-online.org to join today and catch up on the knowledge.
April 8 - NFCA Fireproofing Week in Dallas - Thank you to everyone who attended the 2016 NFCA Fireproofing Conference!
Over 70% of NFCA Contractor Membership, along with Manufacturer Suppliers and Associate NFCA Members, gathered for a great week in Dallas! Go to News/Events page to read all about it.
March 28 - NFCA Welcomes
Firespray Insulation LTD, Scarborough, ON
T.F. Nugent Inc., New York, NY
as NFCA Contractor Members
March 23 - NFCA Welcomes New Members!
Quikspray, Inc., Port Clinton, OH, as a NFCA Associate Member
Spray-On Foam & Coatings Inc, Brush Prairie, WA, as a NFCA Contractor Member
March 15 - NFCA Welcomes Cornerstone Coatings, Commerce City, CO, as a NFCA Interim Contractor Member.
March 14 - NFCA Welcomes Dyer Insulations Inc., Rockaway, NJ, as a NFCA Contractor Member.
March 3 - NFCA Welcomes Island Diversified, Calverton, NY, as a NFCA Contractor Member.
March 1 - NFCA Welcomes M.L. McDonald Sales Company LLC, Watertown, MA, as a NFCA Contractor Member.
February 26 - Webinar - NFCA Conference Highlights
Join Bill McHugh, NFCA Executive Director, at 11:00 am CST, as he discusses the upcoming 2016 NFCA Fireproofing Conference to be held April 6-8, 2016 at The Adophus, Dallas, TX.
February 25 - Welcome! New NFCA Contractor Members
February 19 - Upstate Specialty Coatings, LLC.
NFCA Welcomes new contractor member Upstate Specialty Coatings, LLC, Rochester, NY
February 12 - Congratulations Nathan Kimmel Company
Nathan Kimmel Company is celebrating 60 Years of Dependable Service. NFCA celebrates Nathan Kimmel Company for their support and dedication to NFCA and the Fireproofing Industry. Nathan Kimmel Company has been a NFCA since 2009.
February 10 - EdanShield Construction Inc.
NFCA Welcomes new contractor member EdanShield Construction of Bradford, Ontario, Canada.
February 4 - Grace's Construction Products
and Darex Packaging Technologies join together to form a publicly traded company called GCP Applied Technologies Inc., which is completely independent of W.R. Grace & Co. For complete information go to gcpat.com.
February 3 - UL's Communication clears up a lot.
Look for more on this key issue shortly. Proper Application of Steel Beam Load Restriction Factors to UL Designs
February 1 - Welcome NFCA Contractor Member
The Harver Company, Lake Oswego,OR. Now is a great time to join and support your fireproofing industry!
January 19 - Welcome New Contractor Member
K Building Specialties Inc., North Kansas City, MO. This brings NFCA Membership to 50 Contractors, 10 Contractor Branch Locations, 13 Associate Members and 4 Manufacturer Supplier Members, totalling 77!
January 1 - Happy New Year 2016!
December 30 - NFCA Membership Continues to Grow
NFCA Welcomes new Associate Member Hardline Services, Fullerton, CA.
December 30 - UL Communication -
December 18 - NFCA Year End Webinar - Bill McHugh, NFCA Executive Director will share an overview of NFCA's ...
December 17 - ICC's Board of Directors annouced a process to finalize the Public Comment Hearing votes. Visit ICC's Code Development Website for details.
December 1 - Help fill the need and GIVE this Holiday Season!
Visit Toys for Tots to donate toys and/or money and help brighten someone's Holiday Season in your local community.
Happy Holidays from NFCA!
November 10 - Passive Fire Protection Seminar, Tarrytown, NY
NFCA hosted 56 Architects, Specifiers, Building Code Officials, Fire Marshals and Fireproofing Contractors at the Passive Fire Protection Seminar in Tarrytown. The program was very well received.
November 6 - NFCA Continues to Grow!
Welcome New Contractor Member F. J. Construction, Mississauga, Ontario.
November 1 - Alpha Insulation & Waterproofing
NFCA Welcomes Alpha Insulation & Waterproofing, Round Rock, TX, as a NFCA Contractor Member, AND Alpha Insuluation & Waterproofing, Marietta, GA, as a NFCA Contractor Branch Member.
October 15 - NFCA Monitoring Structural Load Calculation Methods - NFCA is monitoring the emerging issue of structural steel load calculation methodologies and the effect on selection of appropriate UL Designs. Please see this article from the American Institute of Steel Construction for more information. Join NFCA Now & take full advantage of NFCA Member Benefits. Complete your membership application TODAY!
October 8 - NFCA Webinar: "SAFETY" for Fireproofing Contractors
Frank Marino, CSP, Vice President of Safety Check, Inc., discusses current views from OSHA and OHSA Can, fireproofing scaffold safety, fall protection and more. This presentation is available in the "Members Only" section.
September 23 - NFCA Board of Directors in Chicago
NFCA's Board of Directors met in Chicago for their bi-annual meeting to discuss industry needs, NFCA prioities and actions for the new year.
August 11 - NFCA Webinar Fireproofing Special Inspections & Contractor Compliance
Bill McHugh, NFCA Executive Director, reviewed important changes and information for fireproofing contractors from the IBC 2009, 2012, 2015 Chapter 17 Special Inspections. This presentation is available in the "Members Only" section.
July 29 - Donalco Western Inc.
NFCA Welcomes Donalco Western Inc.'s Calgary and Edmonton locations as NFCA Contractor Branch Members. Donalco, Inc., Toronto has been a NFCA Contractor Member since 2004.
July 28 - WESTERN INDUSTRIAL SERVICES LTD.
NFCA Welcomes WESTERN INDUSTRIAL SERVICES LTD., Winnipeg, MB, as a NFCA Contractor Member.
July 14 - NDI Construction, Memphis, TN
NDI Construction, Memphis, TN is the newest NFCA Contractor Member, investing in the fireproofing industry!
July 10 - Welcome Versatile Coatings, Inc., Azusa, CA
NFCA welcomes Versatile Coatings, Inc., Azusa, CA as a NFCA Contractor Member.
June 29 - NFCA Membership Continues to Grow
NFCA Welcomes new Associate Member PDQuipment, Oregon City, OR.
June 24 - Welcome New NFCA Assoicate Member
The Donnelly Co., Inc., Victor, NY. Go to The Donnelly Co. NFCA Member Lisitng to learn what they have to offer!
June 23 - NFCA Contractor Accreditation Program Welcomes
ADLER Fireproofing, Edmonton, AB. ADLER is the eighth NFCA Contractor Member to become accredited in 2015.
June 22 - NFCA Associate Member Graco Inc.
Acquires Machine Technologies and will add their pumps and mixers to the product portfolio of Graco's Applied Fluid Technologies Division.
June 15 - NFCA Welcomes New Contractor Member
Sobie Company, Inc., Caledonia, MI.
June 10 - NFCA Webinar - Equipment Maintenance
NFCA thanks NFCA Member LK Knott, Hy-Flex Corp. Technical Services for a informative and well recieved seminar on fireproofing equipment maintenance and safety. This presentation is available in the "Members Only" section.
May 19 - Watch for NFCA Webinars coming soon!
One hour educational sessions on indsutry topics such as equipment maintenance, code changes, SFRM & IFRM products and inspections. The first webinar will be held June 10, 2015. Watch for registration and webinar details to come!
May 7, 2015 - NFCA Welcomes
Advanced Fireproofing & Insulation Co., Spokane Valley, WA, as the newest NFCA SFRM & IFRM Accredited Contractor.
April 30 - NFCA CAP Continues to grow! Congratulations
Bradshaw and Associates, Inc., Anchorage, AK and
Western Partitions, Inc., Tigard, OR
on your IFRM and SFRM Contractor Accreditations
April 20 - NFCA Welcomes New Contractor Member
Safway Services, LLC, Nashville, TN
April 16 - NFCA Welcomes New Contractor Member
ALLTRIN Limited, St. James, Trinidad
April 15 - Congratulations to the following NFCA Accredited Contractors, for achieving NFCA Accreditation -
Donalco Inc., Toronto, Ontario,
NFCA IFRM and SFRM Accredited Contractor
Gunnlaugson Spray-On (2010) Ltd., Winnipeg, Manitoba,
NFCA IFRM and SFRM Accredited Contractor
Long Painting Company, Kent, WA,
NFCA IFRM Accredited Contractor
April 9 - NFCA Fireproofing Educational Conference - The sun was shining on the Fireproofing Industry all week long! Go to News/Events to read all about it. All conference presentations are available in the Members Only Section.
April 1 - The number of NFCA Accredited Contractors continues to grow! Congratulations to Fireproofing Pros, Inc., Richmond, VA and Fred Shearer & Sons, Inc., Beaverton, OR, both NFCA Contractor Members who have earned the NFCA SFRM and IFRM Accreditation.
March 11-13, 2015 -
March 5 - Welcome New NFCA Assoicate Member
Western Equipment Manufacturer, Corona, CA
February 12 - Welcome New NFCA Associate Member
Graco Inc., Minneapolis, MN
February 5 - Welcome New NFCA Contractor Members
Adler Fireproofing, Edmonton AB
Advanced Fireproofing & Insulation, Spokane Valley, WA
BEK of Alaska, Anchorage, AK
Schmitt Contracting Inc.
January 28 - Welcome New NFCA Members
John C. Lowery, Inc., Freeville, NY
Oak Creek Consolidated / Oak Creek Industrial, Frankfort, IL
January 14 - Welcome New NFCA Supplier Member
January 8 - Welcome New NFCA Contractor Member
Long Painting Company, Kent, WA
Dec. 10 2014 - Welcome New NFCA Contractor Member
Bradshaw and Associates, Inc., Anchorage, AK
Nov. 25, 2014 - Welcome New NFCA Contractor Members!
Fireproofing Pros, Inc., Richmond, VA
Phillips Interior Exterior Systems, Freeburg, IL
Spray-Rite, LLC, Brooklyn NY
Western Partitions, Inc., Tigard, OR
2015 Membership Invoices have been sent. Your 2015 Contractor Membership includes one FREE Attendee to the March Fireproofing Conference.
March 9-13, 2015 - NFCA's Fireproofing Educational Conference, Annual Meeting & Contractor Accreditation Program Training - Join NFCA at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, Chandler, AZ, for this "Fireproofing Industry" Event!
Oct. 1, 2014 - NFCA's Board of Directors met Sept. 23 & 24 to chart the course for NFCA's Future. Look for updates to documents, developments, and more each month at NFCA.
Sept. 15, 2014 - NFCA's Membership Drive has us talking to many prospective members. We're looking forward to meeting them in March at the NFCA Annual Meeting.
August 4, 2014 - Much is going on planning NFCA's Fall '14 and Spring '15 activities. Plus, we're reaching out via email and personal calls during NFCA's 2014 Membership Drive.
July 17, 2014 - NFCA's Board and Committees keep working between Conferences. The Accreditation and Technical Committees are having discussions via teleconference and Board meets in September. Want to make a difference in the industry? Join NFCA.
July 16, 2014 - NFCA's website has a brand new look, functionality and more. We're putting finishing touches on several different pages. Check back to see current news, updates and resources.
July 7, 2014 - NFCA's New Website is coming. Check it out next week!
June 15, 2014 - Several NFCA Contractors were Accredited in June. Check them out at the NFCA Accredited Contractor page.
May 5, 2014 - NFCA's Contractor Accreditation Program continues to gain contractors who go for the accreditation. The program brings value through education and quantified knowledge through the exams. Join NFCA and take the SFRM or IFRM Fireproofing Exams later this fall. Watch NFCA-online.org for dates.
April 23, 2014 - NFCA on a roll and membership is growing!
Welcome new Contractor Members:
- Century Contracting, Inc., Charlotte, NC
- Great Northern Insulation Services, Woodstock, Ontario
- Nevell Group, Inc., Brea, CA
Welcome new Associate Members:
- Advanced Estimating Systems, Delray Beach, FL
- Clark Dietrich Building Systems, West Chester, OH
Watch for more new Members as NFCA grows throughout the year!
April 11, 2014 - What a great conference NFCA had in New Orleans, LA the week of March 21-26. Check out NFCA's Conference presentations in the NFCA Meetings section, NFCA-online.org.
February 19, 2014 - NFCA Canada Members! Don't miss the Canada Committee Breakout during the NFCA Conference Thursday morning!
February 17, 2014 - NFCA Conference Alert! The Louisiana State Fire Marshal's Office Cheif Architect Joe Delaune is speaking about passive fire resistance's role in Life Safety. Sign up now for the NFCA Annual Conference.
February 14, 2014 - NFCA Annual Conference Flash! The American Society of Healthcare Engineers' (ASHE) Jonathan Flannery speaks Friday at the Conference. Don't miss this program on what a healthcare facility expects from a SFRM/IFRM Fireproofing Contractor.
Febrary 3, 2014 - NFCA's Annual Conference & Education Week is coming up quickly. Registrations are rolling in and speakers preparing for you to attend and participate. Don't miss the conference. Email NFCA for info.
February 1, 2014 - NFCA renewals for several firms are in the mail. Renew today to support the NFCA efforts to build programs that result in better fireproofing installations.
January 17, 2014 - NFCA's Annual Conference - March 24-28, New Orleans
The Contractor Accreditation Program SFRM and IFRM Education Sessions Monday afternoon & Tuesday prepare you for the SFRM/IFRM Exams Wednesday.
NFCA's Annual ConferenceThursday & Friday feature dynamic speakers:
- • UL's Primary Designated Engineer for Fire Resistance Luke Woods & UL Qualified Contractor Program's Matthew Schumann
- • Isolatek's Dave Dratnol on Code Issue
- • NFCA Committee Meeting
- • NFCA Annual Membership Meeting & NFCA Member Awards Banquet
- • ....And much more.
Finish a great NFCA week at noon or stay the weekend in N'awlins. NFCA's special rate is $190/night at the Renaissance Arts Hotel. Make reservations online, or call 877-622-3056. Hotel Room Reservation Deadline, Feb. 25.
Watch NFCA-online.org for an NFCA Agenda, NFCA Golf Outing, NFCA Conference Sponsorships and more, next week.
December 21, 2013 - NFCA Announces New Executive Director
The NFCA is pleased and excited to announce the appointment of our new executive director, Bill McHugh. With extensive management experience with industry associations, expertise in code development, and contacts throughout the fireproofing/firestopping industry, he is an abundantly qualified and highly skilled leader that will move the NFCA forward. By leading growth of the organization both in size and scope, Bill will elevate the NFCA in its mission to educate contractors and inspectors, recognize contractor excellence, and develop industry standards that promote the SFRM industry to the great benefit of its members and the life safety needs of the general public.
The NFCA owes tremendous gratitude to Hugh Dudley, our respected founder and original executive director for over a decade. Hugh has retired to spend more time with his wife and family. During his tenure, Hugh created, led and promoted the association and the industry with dedication and skill. He established industry standards, educational programs and events, and multiple contractor accreditation programs. Hugh was not only a leader but a great team player who always listened to member concerns and worked very hard to deliver whatever result would most benefit the association, the members, and the greater public good. Hugh will remain a resource to the NFCA in the near term. The association will carry his vision forward while never forgetting his many, many contributions and steady, professional leadership.
December 10, 2013 - Plasterers Local 31 and UL Join NFCA
The Plasterers Local 31 is represented by Douglas Taylor and joined to work toward developing training programs for its members who supply workers on fireproofing projects.
Underwriters Laboratories (UL) located in Northbrook, IL is represented by Luke Woods. UL is very instrumental in approving fireproofing products and approving fire rated designs used by the industry. There interest is to work with the interest on technical issues affecting both UL and the industry.
Check out NFCA's Associate Members.
October 21, 2013 - NFCA Revises Bulletin 1001: Determination of Thickness of SFRM for Beams/Joists in Restrained Assemblies
Based on the IBC 2009 Building Code, Bulletin1001 has been revised to conform to the requirement that floor beams must have the same hourly fire rating as the assembly fire rating. That means that substitution of a 1-hour beam into a 2-hour Restrained Assembly is not allowed.Visit the Technical Information section of the NFCA web site (www.nfca-online.org) for a complete copy of the revised bulletin.
July 22, 2013 - Lawrence B. Wohl Inc. New IFRM Accredited Contractor
Lawrence B. Wohl, Inc. of Port Chester, NY is now an NFCA Accredited Contractor for IFRM. Jonathan Wohl recently completed the training sessions and passed the examinations as the DRI for the IFRM program under the NFCA Contractor Accreditation Program (CAP). This contractor is already a SFRM Accredited Contractor
We welcome Lawrence B. Wohl Inc. as an Accredited IFRM Contractor. View their accreditation on this web site and contact them to discuss your needs.
July 17, 2013 - American Coatings Corp. New IFRM Accredited Contractor
American Coatings Corp. of Ashland, VA is the newest NFCA Accredited Contractor for IFRM. Stephen Winston recently completed the training sessions and passed the examinations as the DRI for the IFRM program under the NFCA Contractor Accreditation Program (CAP).
We welcome American Coatings, Corp. as an Accredited IFRM Contractor. View their accreditation on this web site and contact them to discuss your needs.
July 8, 2013 - American Fireproofing , Inc. New Accredited Contractor
American Fireproofing, Inc. of Crown Point, IN is the newest NFCA Accredited Contractor for both SFRM and IFRM. Richard Hughes recently completed the training sessions and passed the examinations as the DRI for both IFRM and SFRM programs under the NFCA Contractor Accreditation Program (CAP).
We welcome American Fireproofing , Inc.as an Accredited Contractor. View their accreditation on this web site and contact them to discuss your needs.
June 7, 2013 - MartinBros./Marcowall, Inc. New Accredited Contractor
MartinBros./Marcowall, Inc. of Gardena, CA is a NFCA Accredited Contractor for both SFRM and IFRM. Martin Rodriguez recently completed the training sessions and passed the examinations as the DRI for both IFRM and SFRM programs under the NFCA Contractor Accreditation Program (CAP).
We welcome MartinBros./Marcowall as an Accredited Contractor. View their accreditation on this web site and contact them to discuss your needs.
May 24, 2013
Newkem Engineers Pvt Ltd Newest Accredited Contractor
Newkem Engineers Pvt Ltd of Mumbai, India is the newest NFCA Accredited Contractor for both SFRM and IFRM. Kush Sura, Newkem’s DRI, recently completed the training sessions for SFRM and IFRM and passed the examAccreditated Contractor. inations for both DRI programs. The expanding fireproofing opportunities in the Indian construction market lead to Newkem becoming interested in the NFCA programs.
We welcome Newkem as a NFCA Accredited Contractor. View their accreditation on this web site and contact them to discuss your needs.
May 15, 2013
PDQuipment Joins NFCA as Associate Member
PDQuipment located in Oregon City, OR joined the NFCA as an Associate member. Dennis Mills is the member contact. PDQuipment is the material sprayers one-stop-shop. From tarps, parts, pumps, and more, they will supply you with whatever you need to get the job done. They are a company that provides service and equipment to the United States and across the globe. With over 25 years of experience in the business we can be your purchasing agent.
Their web site is www.pdquipment.com. Welcome to the NFCA.
May 10 , 2013
New Officers and Board of Directors Elected
A new slate of officers and directors were elected during the NFCA business meeting in San Antonio on April 19, 2013. The 2013-2014 officers and directors are:
T. J. Weis Contracting, Inc.
Lake St. Louis, MO
W.R. Grace & CO.
Jose A. Lopez
AISLA Citec, Inc.
San Juan, PR
Ron Van Frankfoort
St. Louis, MO
Easley & Rivers Inc.
East Coast Fireproofing
American Coatings, Inc.
Lawrence B. Wohl
Port Chester, NY
April 14, 2013
Three New NFCA Members
Three new companies have joined the NFCA. The companies include contractors and associate members. The contractors are participating in both DRI training programs and attending the education conference in San Antonio. The associate member is an insurance broker. All have an interest in the NFCA Contractor Accreditation Program (CAP). The members are:
Newkem Engineers pvt Ltd located in Mumbai, India joined to learn more about the SFRM and IFRM application since many projects are designed using UL Fire rated designs. This is the first international member for the NFCA. Mr. Kush Sura is company representative.
Toman Brothers, Inc. of San Antonio has been in the business of fire protection applications for the past 35 years. Their interest lies in the DRI program and its use in the market to help distinguish their company from others. Mr. Ross Toman is company representative.
Rueter Insurance of Philadelphia, PA joined to learn how they can improve their position in the Philadelphia fire rated market. They currently write many policies for construction projects. Mr. Joseph Rueter is company representative.
View their contact information on the “MemberLists” page of the NFCA web under “About NFCA”.
December 20, 2011
NFCA Forms Canadian Committee
The NFCA President, Mike Nehnevajsa, announces the formation of a Canadian Committee within the NFCA. Canada is covered by different structural engineering principles, a national code, and some differences in the UL product approvals. These differences need to be met by the committee who can focus the issues that Canadian contractors deal with on a daily basis. Don Falconer, President of Falconer Engineering & Testing located in Whitby, Ontario Canada has been appointed chairman. Don, an Associate Member of NFCA, has years of experience in the Canadian market first with A/D Fireproofing and recently with Carboline and their respective SFRM and IFRM products.
The first meeting of the committee will take place Thursday afternoon, March 22, 2012 during the NFCA Educational Conference to be held at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. Canadian contractors should contact the NFCA office if you desire to participate in this committee meeting. We also encourage discussing this committee formation with other Canadian contractors and urge them to join the NFCA and participate in the March Committee meeting in Las Vegas
December 20, 2011
NFCA Announces Accredited Contractor Program
The NFCA announces an Accredited Contractor program for NFCA members who install Spray-Applied Fire Resistive Materials (SFRM) and/or Intumescent Fire Resistive Materials (IFRM). The purpose of this program is to set a standard that requires an educational effort on the contractor’s part resulting in an improvement in application of industry products in accordance with agency product approvals and building code compliance. The heart of the program revolves around the contractor having at least one Designated Responsible Individual (DRI) in the contractor’s organization. The DRI must have participated in a NFCA DRI training program and passed an examination of the learned knowledge. The NFCA training program and examination covers agency product approvals, agency design procedures for products, and the application of fire resistive materials in accordance with industry procedures. In addition, the DRI must continue learning through yearly educational requirements. The contractor must have been in business applying industry products for two years, received training in application of manufacturer’s products, and a member in good standing in the NFCA.
Two SFRM contractors, Easley & Rivers, Inc. of Monroeville, PA and Raymond-Southern California, Inc. of Orange, CA met the program requirements and have been awarded the NFCA SFRM Accredited Contractor logo.
Details of the program and how to participate may be found under the tab "NFCA Accredited Contractor". DRI training programs for SFRM and IFRM contractors will be held March 20-21, 2012 at the MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas, NV. Check the DRI training announcement on this web site under NFCA News..
October 9, 2009
NFCA Announces Free Inspector Training for SFRM & Intumescent Products
The NFCA announces the availability of a free training program for inspectors who conduct special inspections of SFRM and Intumescent Materials. This program may be found in the ICC Inspector section of this web site along with operating instructions.
This training program was created to provide the tools necessary for a special inspector to properly conduct the inspection and testing of applied products in accordance with the IBC code requirements. The industry encourages the person completing the training to become a ICC Certified Inspector for SFRM and Intumescent materials. Information on how to become a ICC Certified Inspector is also on the instruction page.
The program covers the areas of code requirements, thickness testing, density testing, and bond strength testing for SFRM and thickness testing for Intumescent. All of this testing by a special inspector is required by code following the application of these products.
Should you have comments on the training program, contacts us via e-mail at Inspectortraining@nfca-online.com.
April 23, 2009
ICC Code Changes for 2009 International Fire Code Will Benefit Safety in Buildings
Several changes affecting Fireproofing will be published in the 2009 edition of the ICC International Fire Code.
- • In 703.1, an annual visual inspection of accessible fire-resistance rated construction by the owner is required. Systems must be properly repaired, restored or replaced when damaged, altered, breached or penetrated. This change should increase the reliability of installed fireproofing throughout the life of a building.
- • Section 403.18 requires the minimum bond strength of SFRM Fireproofing in high rise buildings to be as follows:
- • When the height is more that 75 feet up to 420 feet, the minimum bond strength is 430 psf
- • More than 420 feet the minimum bond strength is 1000psf
The changes will promote the use of products on these high risk buildings that meet the bond strength requirements now stated by the 2009 code.
- • Table 503 – Allowable Height and Building Areas will have the height reduced by 1 story for Type III B buildings. More business, mercantile and storage buildings will fall under Type IIA which will require a 1 hour classification.
- • Section 202 – Primary structural frame – Cross Bracing. This section increases the amount of cross bracing to be fireproofed with a change in definition. This section now includes the following: “Bracing members that are essential to the vertical stability of the primary structural frame under gravity loading shall be considered part of the primary structural frame whether or not the bracing member carries gravity loads.”
NFCA supports the work ICC's Membership did in code development cycles to improve safety in buildings using fire resistance rated construction.