November 2018 NFCA E-NEWS
NFCA FREE Webinar "Fireproofing 101"
Back to Basics Part II: UL Special Topics  
Determining the best thicknesses, Primed Steel Guidelines and Patching Guidelines
Thursday, December 6, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Central Time

Presented by Phil Mancuso, Senior Technical Services Manager, ISOLATEK INTERNATIONAL . In the second part of our Back to the Basics Series, Phil 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. 

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November Safety Tip of the Month : Be safe and avoid high fines! Keep control panels and equipment control labels, visible, clean and free of any debris at all times, as per the manufacturer operations manual and OSHA Standard 1920.600(a) Equipment, General Requirements.

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NFCA’s code proposals had a great showing at the International Code Council’s Code Development Process and Public Comment Hearings. We were able to change several key items in the 2021 IBC to make the code reflect the actual field inspection process without changing the key requirements. We also found a way to limit inspections for SFRM to 110% of the actual inspection quantities to protect building owners from overly aggressive inspection agency inspectors. 

The International Fire Code (IFC) has always had a section that states, ‘maintain fire-resistance’. In the 2021 IFC, we were able to add a section specifically for the Fireproofing industry. The section states that visual inspection of SFRM and IFRM Fireproofing is required to verify no exposure to the substrate. In Chapter 7 of the IFC, this is an ‘annual visual inspection by the owner’. The building owner could contract this visual inspection to a fireproofing contractor, an opportunity possibly for the NFCA Member to help the building owner stay code compliant. 

There is still an ‘Online Governmental Consensus Vote’ (OGCV) that takes place. The OGCV is where building officials, fire marshals, and honorary members vote, which could change outcomes, so we’re not in the clear yet with our approved or disapproved proposals.
Watch for more about the hearings in the December Enews. 

ICC Proposal of Note – The California Fire Chiefs Association added a new section to the 2021 IBC, with FS8-18 that deals with clarifying in the code, what’s required by the 12” Rule. We’ll report on it after the OCGV ends in December. 
Tall Wood Buildings Package Debate - ICC Public Comments
This was an amazing debate that took place at the Public Comment Hearings. The testimony was in 2 minute for/against and a 1 minute rebuttal/rerebuttal ‘soundbites’. This became a 2.5 hour ordeal.  All the proposals by the ad hoc Committee on Tall Wood Buildings, passed, meaning a section on Tall (18 stories) Wood Buildings that regulates these structures now exists. The other choice is that each jurisdiction would have to figure it out for themselves. Again, we’re not sure until the OCGV vote is finalized, in late December. 

Chicago already made a statement in Engineering News Record. Two stories is as high as the City of Chicago will allow with construction allowing Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) construction. Click here to read the article .
NFCA spent time working with Phil Mancuso and John Dalton at the last ASTM E06 Meeting. Phil has been the point person on the work item at ASTM for a new Fireproofing Inspection Standard. We hired a standards consultant to help with the formatting. It’s moving in the right direction and will be on the ballot soon. But, it will still take some time to get it agreed upon at ASTM.
FM Global’s JC Harrington is President of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers and presided over the 2018 Annual Conference. He invited Bill McHugh to be part of the Leadership Luncheon and other activities Oct. 29 and we were honored to participate.

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