National Fireproofing Contractors Association Enews January 2021
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 needed for AHJ approval and IAS AC 291 Inspection Agency Accreditation. NFCA is exploring face-to-face and hybrid format options. We are already capable and can deliver great virtual programs. We hope to have specifics on virtual, hybrid and or in person learning options available very soon. 

NFCA’s 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 location options 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. 
CALL FOR ENTRIES
2021 NFCA Award of Excellence Call for Entries
The NFCA Award of Excellence recognizes NFCA Contractor Members for an exceptional fireproofing project, new construction or existing building, that demonstrates innovation and safety, in the categories of Low-Rise and High-Rise Buildings.
  • Deadline for entry is January 31, 2021.
  • Project entries must have been completed between June 1, 2018, and May 31, 2020.
  • Only NFCA Contractor Members may submit entries.
  • Winners will be announced at the 2021 NFCA Fireproofing Conference.
  • CLICK HERE FOR ALL DETAILS
NFCA Free Webinar Series
"Fire-Resistance Standards and the International Building Code"
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Central Time
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 certan 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.

NFCA International Code Council (ICC) Action
The ICC’s 2021 International Building Code (IBC) published in early October. The ICC’s 2024 Building and Fire Code development process started in 2020 with Code Action Committee virtual meetings. NFCA participated in several of these meetings covering topics like Performance Based Structural Fire Design, Occupiable Roofs, and other topics. 

NFCA’s Manufacturer Committee provided input in 2020 during two teleconferences. The NFCA Code Committee has met several times during 2020 and twice in the last 30 days to finalize ICC code development proposals. Topics include:

  • Highlighting important items for AHJ’s to ask about ASTM E119 and UL 263 fire test standards. Loading horizontal building elements and assemblies, full scale fire tests, are two key items.
  • Definitions - Standardize terms such as SFRM and IFRM in the IBC with terms in the NFCA’s Handbook of Fireproofing Knowledge (HAFK) and industry usage.
  • Occupiable Roofs – Assure that these areas are as safe as the floor below when we are at restaurants, bars, or other amusements happening on rooftop areas, a new trend in building usage.
  • 20’ Rule – We’re submitting proposals to clarify Table 601’s footnotes.
  • Much more…
 
ICC’s Code Development hearings take place this spring. Watch future NFCA Enews and NFCA-online.org for updates.
⛑   SAFETY TIP OF THE MONTH   ⛑
OSHA 300 Forms Due
Don’t forget that the OSHA form 300 A log must be posted every year by Feb. 1st of the following year, summarizing all injuries from the previous year. The log must be visible from February 1st until April 30th. Visit OSHA’s Recordkeeping Requirements section of OSHA.gov for complete info.
Special Offer Extended 4/30/21
UL Qualified SFRM Contractor Program
The NFCA Accredited SFRM Contractors have proven knowledge through the NFCA SFRM Education and Exam. The UL Qualified SFRM Contractor Program is the next step to set your company apart from the competition through a third party quality management system audit.
Planning on becoming a UL SFRM Qualified Contractor?
Complete your application for the UL SFRM Qualified Contractor Program by 4/30/21 to take advantage of UL's Special Offer of $4,000 for the initial audit cost, normally $7,200. Call NFCA or email info@nfca-online.org to learn more.

NFCA Welcomes New Members
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OPCMIA Local 528, Seattle, WA

Membership dues supports educational opportunities specific to fireproofing and advocacy efforts on behalf of the industry. Thank you for your membership!

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