January 2020 NFCA E-News
Entry Deadline Extended to February 17 - NFCA Award of Excellence
The NFCA Award of Excellence entry deadline has been extended to February 17, 2020 .
  • This new program will recognize NFCA Contractor Members for fireproofing projects, new construction or existing buildings, where exceptional innovation and safety were used to overcome extraordinary project challenges.

  • Entries will be accepted in the categories of low-rise buildings-less than 75’, and high-rise buildings-greater than 75’ (above lowest fire department access, as defined by International Building Code).

  • Projects should be completed between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2019.

  •  Winners will be announced and highlighted at the 2020 NFCA Fireproofing Educational Conference & Meeting, April 15-17 in Austin, Texas. 

Do you have a project to enter?
NFCA 2020 Austin - Register Now !
It is time to make your plans and register for the NFCA 2020 Fireproofing Educational Conference & Meeting.

  • Conference Topics will include: Planning with Optimism - Economic Outlook, Speed Core Buildings, NFCA "Top 10" List, Business Side of Contracting, Restrained/Unrestrained, Potential Liability and How to Protect Your Business, Project Management, Building & Fire Codes and much more!

  • Plan to "Hang Around" Friday afternoon and spend time with NFCA Sponsor Members.

  • NFCA Fireproofing IFRM & SFRM Education and NFCA Fireproofing Exams, April 13-15, 2020. This is the first step in becoming a NFCA Accredited Contractor. Fireproofing inspectors can also attend the trainings and exams to earn proof of fireproofing competency, required by the International Building Code, Chapter 17, Special Inspections.

Go to www.NFCA-online.org for all details and to register.
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Awareness is at the top of the list to stay safe! Click here to go to the eSafety.com to read more.
NFCA Free Webinar Series
“IFRM Fireproofing Materials – Field & Shop Advantages, Disadvantages and more” 
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 1:00 to 2:00 Central Time
Presented by Sean Younger, Senior Fireproofing Market Manager, Carboline Company

Register now and join NFCA for an introduction into the different types of intumescent fire-resistive materials (IFRM) used for commercial/architectural projects. We will define the types of IFRM’s, including latex, solvent, and epoxy based IFRMs, and talk about product advantages, disadvantages, and limitations of each type generally known in the industry.

The seminar will also focus on product attributes necessary for successful onsite, or offsite shop application, including transportation and onsite erection of IFRM protected steel structural building elements. And, we will discuss the challenges facing the fireproofing industry regarding product selection, and the importance of having the right materials for different types of applications and exposure environments.
NFCA Education
NFCA’s Webinar attendance keeps rising. With 75-125 attending each session, the NFCA is able to provide cutting edge education for contractors, inspection agencies, building code officials, specifiers. Watch for the webinar schedule at www.NFCA-online.org .  

NFCA also has resources for fireproofing contractors, fireproofing inspectors, architects, specifiers, code officials and fire marshals. Don’t miss NFCA’s Educational Seminar in the Fall of 2020. Visit the NFCA Seminar archive pages at www.NFCA-online.org to check out past seminars. NFCA’s Education brings the industry together to learn, network, grow. 

And, NFCA’s articles in Life Safety Digest , the magazine of fire resistance and effective compartmentation, have dealt with issues like patching, performance based design and more.  
NFCA 2020 Plans
NFCA’s 2020 plans have been underway long before 2019 wrapped up. On NFCA’s “2020 To-Do List”
  • Investing time in Contractor Education – developing resources for the fireproofing industry to be the best it can be, while educating people to become NFCA Accredited Contractors.  

  • Continuing to work on fireproofing inspection for consistency, accuracy and quality.

  • Fireproofing Inspectors, Register NOW for NFCA’s Education for SFRM and IFRM Fireproofing Exams – Austin, TX, April 13-15, 2020. The NFCA SFRM and IFRM Fireproofing Exam is proof of fireproofing competency, required to be approved by the code official in the International Building Code, Chapter 17, Special Inspections. 

  • NFCA and our collaboration partners are developing new ASTM Fireproofing Inspection Standards.

  • NFCA’s Code Committee will get together soon to plan 2024’s International Building and Fire Code proposals, NFPA 101/5000, and much more. 
Watch NFCA’s Enews and website as the future unfolds.
Become a NFCA Accredited Contractor
Elevate your company above the rest! Improve your company's quality and accuracy of installing SFRM & IFRM, ultimately improving life safety.

Register now for the NFCA Fireproofing IFRM & SFRM Education and NFCA Fireproofing Exams, April 13-15, 2020. Pass the exams to become SFRM, IFRM DRI. This is the first step in becoming a NFCA Accredited Contractor.
NFCA Welcomes New Members
Associate Member:
Strong Manufacturing Co. Inc.

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

Not a Member? Join Now!

Contractor Membership $1400 and includes one FREE 2020 Conference Registration
Supplier Manufacturer Membership $2400 and includes one FREE 2020 Conference Registration
National Fireproofing Contractors Association
T: 708-236-3411 - info@nfca-online.org