February 17, 2019
Firestop systems and fire-resistant joint systems play an important role in protecting buildings and occupants against the spread of fire, heat, and smoke, should a fire occur. The proper installation of these systems is a critical element in the overall building fire safety scheme.
Chapter 17 of the International Building Code (IBC) requires special inspections of through-penetration fire stop systems, membrane penetration firestop systems, and fire-resistant joint systems installed in high-rise buildings and in buildings assigned to Risk Category III or IV. The special inspections are to be conducted by an approved agency in accordance with ASTM E 2174 or E 2393, as applicable.
UL, in response to the growing demand for these inspections, has launched an on-site firestop system and fire-resistant joint system special inspection service to help building owners and code officials comply with these requirements. As a leading expert in the testing and certification of firestop systems and fire-resistant joint systems, UL is well-equipped to help ensure the proper installation of these systems.
“UL is excited to partner with building owners, contractors and code officials to verify that these important systems have been installed in accordance with the requirements of the certified (listed) systems.” said Ruben Sandoval, UL Field Engineering Manager. “We are pleased that local jurisdictions have begun requiring special inspections for firestopping systems and fire-resistant joint systems. In addition jurisdictions such as the City of Phoenix have approved UL Engineers as special inspectors.”
For more information on inspection requirements of firestop penetrations, fire-resistant joint systems and perimeter fire containment systems, please contact Ruben Sandoval at Ruben.SandovalJr@ul.com or at +1.480.290.6987.