UL Qualified Firestop Contractor Program
The UL Qualified Firestop Contractor Program is voluntary and allows contractors to proactively demonstrate their commitment to the proper installation of firestop systems. These contractors have implemented a stringent quality management system that includes a review of project design and construction document requirements; installation, training, application and field quality; and documentation and record keeping. A contractor must properly select and install a firestop system to protect penetrations and joints within fire-resistance-rated wall and horizontal assemblies. The building codes require these breaches be protected and the UL Qualified Firestop Contractor Program denotes contractors providing additional quality assurance.
To participate in the program a qualified firestop contractor must:
- Appoint and employ at least one designated responsible individual (DRI) with firestop expertise
- Pass the UL Firestop Exam
- Maintain a 10-element management system that is evaluated through an annual audit
Benefits of engaging a qualified contractor
UL currently certifies the products being used in firestop installations. This allows UL to apply its existing expertise in qualifying contractors to our stringent evaluation program. The benefits of working with a qualified contractor include:
Increased confidence in the installation process – Authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs), architects, building owners and fire marshals benefit knowing the contractor’s installation processes have been reviewed and management system certified.
Easy identification of contractors – Qualified contractors are listed in the UL Online Certifications Directory and are easily searchable under the Qualified Firestop Contractor Program, which currently lists some of the most capable contractors in the world.
Superior installations from the start – The enhanced level of performance from qualified contractors helps reduce or eliminate nonconformance issues to keep the job moving forward without delay while providing potential cost savings.
As a leading expert in testing, inspection and certification of building materials, we are well equipped to inspect and educate on the proper installation of firestop systems. We are widely recognized by code authorities, with extensive experience testing and listing firestop systems, and can help you understand the broader regulatory landscape for the building industry.