Fire-resistant designs featuring SFRM products remain important to the built environment. These designs serve as critical safeguards, insulating structural steel elements from fire damage and enabling the safer operation of floor, ceiling and wall assemblies, beams and columns.
Overview of the UL Qualified SFRM Contractor Program
The UL Qualified SFRM Contractor Program is voluntary and allows contractors to proactively demonstrate their commitment to the proper application of SFRM as specified in UL Fire Resistance Designs. 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.
Importance of a UL qualified SFRM contractor
A contractor must properly apply SFRM in order for building structures to have an effective passive fire protection strategy. The building codes require this level of protection, and the UL Qualified SFRM Contractor Program provides confidence that the SFRM has been applied properly.
To participate in the program, an SFRM contractor must:
- Appoint and employ at least one designated responsible individual (DRI) with SFRM expertise
- Undergo an examination of their established management system and an on-site audit to determine conformance with program requirements
- Comply with all program requirements to achieve a UL Qualified SFRM Contractor Program certificate.
Benefits of engaging a UL qualified SFRM contractor
UL currently certifies the SFRM products being used in UL Fire Resistance Designs. This allows UL to apply existing expertise in qualifying contractors to our stringent evaluation program.
The benefits of working with a UL qualified SFRM contractor include:
- Increased confidence in the installation process: Code authorities, architects, building owners and fire marshals benefit from knowing the contractor’s installation processes have been reviewed and management system certified.
- Easy identification of contractors: Qualified contractors are easily searchable through UL’s Product iQTM database.
- Superior applications 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.