Happy Holidays from FCIA - The FCIA Board of Directors
and the FCIA Office wishes you and yours a very joyous season.
As the end of the year approaches, we all review our accomplishments
and look where we can improve in the next year. The FCIA s
year has been excellent; membership doubled, 3 successful
meetings, a Firestop Industry Manual of Practice Published,
FM (Factory Mutual) Research introduced a Firestop Contractor
Approval Standard; FCIA hired a code consultant, a code change
was entered. Your association has been moving fast in 2000.
Look for more industry firsts from FCIA in 2001!
FCIA Boston Meeting a huge success! "Best meeting
of my working career", "Excellent Meeting" were but a few
of the comments from attendees at the Boston FCIA Meeting
at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, November 9-11, 2000. The
highlights of the meeting included a session with three key
code officials from around the U.S.; Jay Flemming, Boston
Fire Marshal, Gordon Oakley, OSHPD - State of California,
and Terry Smith, State of Oklahoma. Each of them reminded
the FCIA that the best way for us to help life safety through
Firestop Systems was through practical education by FCIA Members
of the code officials and design professional. Offer to take
your area code officials to see how projects should be done.
Join the Liaison Committee to help promote our interests to
the design and enforcement community. You can make a difference
and help our industry!
FM Firestop Contractor Approval Program - FM 4991
has been well received by the FCIA Membership. There were
54 people who took the two part FM Test seeking Designated
Responsible Individual status. Comments from "Test Takers"
were that "The test had questions about information that every
firestop professional should know"....and "Test was tough....but
a great way to set an industry standard for knowledge level
a professional firestop contractor should know". To date,
22 firms have applied for approval, 12 have been audited and
will receive approval status from FM Research soon.
FM/FCIA Partnership - FCIA/FM working together means
much to both groups. FCIA Firestop Contractors are the first
in the construction industry to work with FM on contractor
quality through an "approval process". Educated "Designated
Responsible Individuals" (DRI), firm headquarters and jobsite
audits verify quality levels stated in the firm s operations
manual are transmitted and accomplished on the jobsite. FM
has agreed to help FCIA Promote this concept to the owner,
code and design communities. Watch for publicity information
in key publications as 2001 unfolds.
FCIA Boston Meeting Presentations on Curtainwall construction
and their relationship to Firestop Systems brought FCIA Members
Ray Usher, Superl, Inc. & Roger McKenzie, McKenzie Insulation
together with Rich Walke of Underwriters Laboratories and
Matt Mulvey of Thermafiber, LLC. Their program clarified key
points about testing, design and the actual construction of
the curtainwall area. Comments were also heard from Tim Mattox,
Omega Point Laboratories and many FCIA Members. Key issues
included "scratching" from mineral wool and coatings applied
against glass, "banding" through thermal transmission and
curtainwall test standards. Look for more presentations on
curtainwall as new standards are adapted.
FCIA Board of Directors Elections - Seven candidates
have volunteered and been approved by the nominating committee
(Don Murphy, Ed Dougherty, Kathy Taraba) for election to the
FCIA Board of Directors. Two people will be elected to one
year terms this year. Next year, three spots will turn over.
If you are interested in giving something back to your industry,
send a biography of yourself to the FCIA Office. It will be
saved for the next Nominating Committee - to be named by the
FCIA Boston Meeting Sponsors help in a big way -
Thanks to our sponsors, Johns Manville, 3M, Nelson Firestop,
Specified Technologies, Thermafiber for their financial support.
Another thanks to the manufacturers who presented their firm
s approach to the firestop market.
FCIA Hires Code Consultant - "We needed some professional
direction from someone who knows the code bodies, building
owners and is well respected by IBC (International Building
Code) and NFPA )National Fire Protection Association) people.
We found those qualities in Bill Koffel, Koffel Associates".
Stated Don Murphy, FCIA Liaison Committee Chair. Don and the
Liaison Committee, Kathy Taraba, 1 Source Firestop, Don Sabrsula,
FireSafe of Houston, Inc., and Scott Rankin, PYRO-STOP, LLC
worked on the code change language together for FCIA.
FCIA/IFC Code Change Proposal submitted to International
Building Code via BOCA International. For the first time,
FCIA and IFC have joined together to present a code change
adding a requirement for 3rd party independent inspection
of firestop applications installed in the field to firestop
code language. Want to see the submission, call the FCIA Office
for a copy.
FCIA Board Meeting Briefs - The FCIA Board of Directors
has been busy the past 2 months preparing for the successful
Boston Meeting and planning for 2001! Discussions at the past
two teleconferences have centered on the FCIA Elections, FCIA
Manual of Practice Marketing ideas, the FM Approval Standard
Program and Code Change issues related to the 3rd party independent
FCIA Board to meet in Kansas City - Newly elected
FCIA officers will meet with the existing Board in Kansas
City, January 19 & 20. The board will revisit goals set in
Atlanta, October 99 for 2000 and set new goals for 2001. Each
person pays their own way and donates their time to attend
these meetings. It is a significant time commitment to serve
on the FCIA Board. Tell these volunteers "Thanks" when you
FCIA Press Releases out! - Publicity is key to advancement
of any industry s goals. We've sent press releases to major
magazines nationwide. If you see one, cut it out and send
it to the FCIA Office for tracking.
FCIA members are making a difference - FCIA Member
Kathy Taraba, 1 Source Firestop has been appointed to the
NFPA Commitee on Fire Protection Features. She s promoting
the importance of passive life safety systems on her committee
and in the new NFPA 5000 Code. Don Sabrsula, FireSafe of Houston,
has authored a proposed standard on "3rd Party Independent
Inspections" that is being reviewed for adaption by ASTM (American
Society for Testing Materials). Roger Rowe, Firestop Contractors,
LLC, Don Murphy, PPMI Firestop, Renee Woodruff, F Rodgers Insulation Interiors Inc.,
and Kathy Taraba, 1 Source Firestop, Chris Downey, C.L. Downey
Construction, attended the recent code hearings in Birmingham,
FCIA at IFC Meetings - FCIA Members Scott Rankin,
PYRO-STOP, LLC, Mel Tabor, Tabor Insulation and Don Murphy,
PPMI Firestop attended recent IFC Meetings.
FCIA MOP Sales - The FCIA Manual of Practice, a comprehensive
Firestop Systems Industry Document has sold well. To date,
66 FCIA "Manual of Practice" Books have been sold. The FCIA
Technical Committee is working on a options to increase the
distribution of the FCIA MOP. Be sure to thank Randy Niece,
1 Source Firestop, for handling the shipping arrangements.
Watch for more information soon.
FCIA Membership continues to grow - From small beginnings
of 7 steering committee members, FCIA is up to 80+ members........and
growing. Our voice is being heard in many important influencial
areas of our industry. Your membership and involvement can
and does make a difference.
FCIA Website - Take a look at the FCIA Website, www.fcia.org
, to view your company listing. If you want any changes, please
submit them via email to the FCIA Office at email@example.com
. If you are an author, send in an article for review by the
Communications Committee to be posted on the FCIA Website.
FCIA Logo Stickers for sale - Remember those stickers
that were laying on your table in Boston? They are great for
hardhats, file cabinets, entry door windows, desk glass and
many other places. By the roll (500), the 3" round stickers
are $175, the 2" $145, or buy them individually for .60 and
.50 respectively. To order, send a check to the FCIA Office
with your request.
International Building Code Update - South Carolina
is to adapt the new International Codes with an effective
date of July 1, 2000. Previously, the state had enforced the
Standard Codes. Source, Kelly Reynolds, Kelly P. Reynolds
FCIA Committees - Committee chairs are changing with
new chairs to be named after the new FCIA Board of Directors
meet in January in Kansas City.
Best wishes for the New Year to all!
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