UL Qualified SFRM Contractor Program requirements
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 Solutions Qualified SFRM Contractor Program
The UL Solutions Qualified SFRM Contractor Program is voluntary and allows contractors to proactively demonstrate their commitment to the proper application of SFRM as specified in UL Solutions 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 Solutions 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 Solutions 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 Solutions Qualified SFRM Contractor Program certificate.
Benefits of engaging a UL Solutions qualified SFRM contractor
The benefits of working with a UL Solutions 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 Solutions' Product iQTM database.
- Expertise - Working with qualified contractors can help reduce or eliminate non-conformance issues, keeping the job moving forward while providing potential cost savings