Happy holidays from FCIA! Wishing you and yours a season of cheer with peace and joy to last the year! In observance of the holiday season, the FCIA Office will be closed December 24-25 and December 31-January 1, 2021. We will resume normal business hours on Monday, January 4, 2021.


Ever wonder how the firestopping industry developed? Check out this program on the ‘History of Standards – Firestopping and More’, based on the program from Rich Walke (formerly of UL) and Luke Woods (UL) from FIC ’19. The session looks at the firestopping industry from its early beginnings to today, including how it might evolve […]


Registration is open for the first session in the 2021 FCIA Educational Webinar Series, ‘Firestopping & Standards – An In-Depth Look at the Multiple Ratings of Firestop Systems’, with Rich Walke (CTI/FCIA). The session, the second in a multi-session series, dives in deep on the F-, T-, L-, W-, M-, E-, and A-Ratings. When: Wednesday, […]


Thanks to all who attended the final session in the 2020 FCIA Educational Webinar Series, ‘Firestopping & Standards – Product and System Suitability for Use’, with Rich Walke (CTI/FCIA). Copies of today’s program can be found in the Presentations Archive. Make sure to tune in for the 2021 FCIA Educational Webinar Series, featuring programs that […]


The International Firestop Council has issued a statement on CPVC and Firestopping. The source of the document comes from the following passage at the Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association’s website, https://www.ppfahome.org/page/CPVC, “Don’t Do’s For All Construction –Do not use petroleum or solvent based sealants, lubricants, or fire stop materials.” As with all compatibility issues, verify […]


Thank you to all who partnered on and who attended the FCIA – ASTM Virtual Fire-Resistance-Rated and Smoke-Resistant Assemblies & Existing Buildings Virtual Event last week. Sessions were dynamic and a great warm-up for a future in-person event in 2021. Missed it? That’s ok! Videos and PDFs of the presentations can be found online!


Thanks to all who participated in this week’s first-ever FCIA – ASTM Fire-Resistance-Rated & Smoke-Resistant Assemblies & Existing Buildings Webinar Series. The abridged event was a teaser for a future in-person event to be held in 2021 in the Gulf Region. With great collaboration, two-days of dynamite speakers were present, delivering sessions that were top-notch! […]


The first-ever FCIA – ASTM Fire-Resistance-Rated & Smoke-Resistant Assemblies & Existing Buildings Virtual Event starts today! Together with FM Approvals, ICC, Thomas Bell-Wright International, and UL, the FCIA – ASTM joint virtual event features two-days of webinars focused on fire-resistance-rated and smoke-resistant topics relevant to the Gulf region. Register today!


Registration is open for the first-ever Virtual ‘DIIM’ Firestop & Effective Compartmentation Symposium Middle East! Join FCIA this 8-10 November for FREE virtual education for the firestop industry in the Middle East. Register Today! Registration is open to all.


Thanks to all who attended and presented during the FCIA Virtual ‘DIIM’ Symposium Canada. Sessions featured dynamic content focused on the various areas of the firestop industry in Canada. Presentations will be posted online. Check the Presentation Archives.


The FCIA Virtual ‘DIIM’ Symposium Canada opens tomorrow! Don’t miss this three-day event focused on the firestop industry in Canada. Sessions cover a wide-range of topics from FCIA’s ‘DIIM’ of Firestopping to the National Building Code of Canada, Code Requirements for Fire-Resistance to Mass Wood Timber Buildings, Expansion Joints to Fire-Separation Management, and more! Register […]


Calling all people who Design, Install, Inspect, or Maintain firestop systems in Canada: Are you interested in FREE Virtual Firestop Education? Register Today for the FCIA Virtual ‘DIIM’ Symposium Canada! The virtual event runs September 30 – October 2 and is totally free to attend. Don’t wait. Register Today!


Early Registration discounts for FIC ’20 are ending soon! This year, attendees can register to attend either IN-PERSON or ONLINE ONLY. Whichever way you choose to attend, register by September 27 to capture early registration discounts! Learn more


FCIA Contractor & Special Inspection Agency Members: Are you interested in third-party accreditation programs? Are you looking to prepare for the FM or UL-ULC Firestop Exams? Registration is now open for the ‘FCIA Education for the Firestop Exams’ test prep webinar. When: Wednesday, October 14Time: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm CDT Register Today!


Registration is now open for ‘Firestopping Inspection’, the October session in the FCIA Educational Webinar Series ’20. This session is the continuation of the September program, including new content not covered before. When: Wednesday, October 21, 2020Time: 10:00 am CDT Register Today


There’s only two weeks left to register for the FCIA Virtual ‘DIIM’ Symposium Canada. Join FCIA this September 30-October 2 for three-days of firestop education specifically tailored to the firestop industry in Canada. Registration is FREE! Register once to attend all sessions. Learn More


Registration is open for the FCIA Virtual ‘DIIM’ Symposium Canada. Attend this FREE three-day event for virtual education sessions focused on the firestop industry in Canada. If you design, install, inspect, or maintain firestop and effective compartmentation systems for buildings in Canada, you cannot afford to miss this event. Learn more


Have you registered yet for FIC ’20, the FCIA Firestop Industry Hybrid Conference & Trade Show? This year’s agenda focuses on the elements of Barrier Management, plus so much more! Register to attend in-person or online. Early registration discounts end September 27, so Register Today! Learn more


The FCIA ‘DIIM’ Symposium Canada goes virtual this month! Those involved in the design, installation, inspection, and maintenance of firestop and effective compartment systems for projects and buildings all over Canada can take advantage of this FREE three-day virtual event this September 30-October 2. Learn more Register Today!


Thank you to all who attended today’s session ‘Firestopping and Existing Buildings’. And thanks to Rich Walke for co-presenting the session. You can find the presentation here. Be sure to tune in for next month’s session, ‘Firestopping Inspection’, on Wednesday, September 16 at 10:00 am CDT.


FCIA’s Webinar Series has a great history of providing education on Firestopping: Penetrations, Joints, and Voids; fire-resistance and features of fire-resistance – Fire/Smoke Dampers, Fire Doors, Fire Rated Glazing, and much more. FCIA Members get access to FREE archived webinar recordings. If you know someone who should be a member, forward this to them!


What responsibility does the building owner and manager have to maintain the fire-resistance-rated and smoke-resistant building elements and assemblies? And, what are the required elements of an inventory of fire-resistance? This article from Life Safety Digest takes a look at these very questions and outlines the code requirements for the maintenance of fire-resistance. Check it […]


Specifications requiring that firestop systems be installed by an “FCIA Member, FM 4991 or UL-ULC Qualified Firestop Contractor, and educated by the manufacturer” are being seen more and more in the industry – a sign that firestopping is gaining respect these days. Check out the FCIA 07-84-00 specification here.


ASHE announced today that their ASHE Annual Conference & Expo will be a Virtual event this year. The event will be October 5-7 and will feature the same top-notch education sessions and dynamic trade show floor attendees have come to expect from the in-person event. Click here for more information and to register.


As the world continues to feel the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, several industry events have had to make the difficult decision to either cancel or modify their event in some way. Some of the most recent to announce event changes are CONSTRUCT, which has transitioned to a Virtual Event October 7-8, 2020, and IFMA […]


Looking to join FCIA? Want to spotlight your company to building owners and managers looking for a Specialty Firestop Installation Contractor? Now’s the time to join! First-time members join now for only $690 USD*! Contact Cathy Burns to learn more about member benefits, including the $600 discount on the FCIA Firestop Manual of Practice.


The FCIA Standards Committee is working at ASTM to build a standard for labeling firestop products that have been installed next to the firestop system assembly. This initiative will bring heightened importance to firestopping in buildings. The first ballot goes out late-summer. Stay tuned for more information later this year.


Check out the Manufacturer Spotlight section in the latest issue of Life Safety Digest! Each Manufacturer highlighted brings a different voice to the firestop and effective compartmentation conversation. Hear what each has to say today! And thank you to each for your continued commitment to improved fire- and life-safety in the built environment!


FCIA recently announced the 2020 recipients of the FCIA President’s Memorial Scholarship. Congratulations to Kelliann Lee and Rebekah Schrader, both students at University of Maryland – College Park, for your academic excellence! We look forward to seeing all the big things they’ll do with the firestop and effective compartmentation industry.


As COVID-19 continues to affect the world on a global scale, FCIA has decided to cancel the FCIA Firestop & Effective Compartmentation ‘DIIM’ Symposium Canada, originally planned for Halifax, NS this September. Look for more information on the 2021 event at www.fcia.org/fcia-conferences-symposiums/. We look forward to seeing our friends at this wonderful event in 2021.


FCIA Members: Did you hear about the new FCIA initiative announced during Virtual ECA ’20? “If everyone at FCIA educates someone about what firestopping and effective compartmentation is – and the importance of our industry – we’ll make a difference in the demand for safe buildings delivered by FCIA Members,” said FCIA Board President Ben […]


Specialty Firestop Installation Contractors and Firestop Special Inspection Agencies: Looking for info on the FCIA Professional Liability Insurance program (through the Norman Spencer Insurance Company)? Find the information under the Resources tab. Learn more


Thank you to all who attended today’s webinar, ‘FCIA & COVID-19: Information for Contractors’ with the attorneys of Hendrick Phillips Salzman & Siegel, PC. The session covered a wealth of information, including the Families First Coronavirus Act, contract issues, economic assistance available for contractors, and so much more. Check it out today!


With many states in the US starting to ‘open up’, there are still many questions surrounding employer and employee responsibility, best practices for reducing exposure, social distancing, and more. Check out the guidelines from the USA Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the USA Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Consult local resources, rules, and […]


Effective compartmentation and passive fire protection create havens of safety, egress passages, and so much more.  These systems need to be maintained like any other building system to be effective and to protect as designed. Find a Barrier Management Services Provider near you


Due to travel restrictions still in place and continued concern due to the global coronavirus outbreak, FCIA events in Doha, Qatar and Dubai, UAE have been postponed again. FCIA made the decision to postpone the events a second time to keep FCIA members, delegate attendees, and staff safe during the pandemic. Stay tuned to FCIA.org […]


Effective compartmentation starts with a fire-resistance-rated assembly – possibly built from gypsum wallboard. Properly patching fire-resistance-rated gypsum wallboard maintains fire-resistance. Check out the Gypsum Association’s new video for patching fire-resistance-rated assemblies protected with gypsum wallboard. https://lnkd.in/egBU8ns


FCIA Committee meetings started today. Can’t wait to see all the good work FCIA Committee members collaborate on in the next few weeks! Thank you to all the FCIA Members who volunteer their time and talents serving on FCIA Committees. Want to get involved? Inquire today!


The first-ever Virtual ECA ’20 wrapped today, and we couldn’t be more thrilled! Every session was phenomenal, and the interaction with attendees was inspiring. Thanks to Bill Koffel, Doug Erickson, and Kelly Mason for their presentations today. FCIA Members, check them out in the Members Only section!


Mark Day 3 of Virtual ECA ’20 in the books! Thanks to all who participated and attended to make today another successful session. Thanks to Rich Walke (FCIA) and Samantha Peterson (3M) for their dynamic presentations today. Both brought great interaction and feedback from attendees. FCIA Members: Find today’s presentations in the Members Only section. […]


Another stellar day for Virtual ECA ’20, the Virtual FCIA Education & Committee Action Conference! Thanks to all who attended. Thanks to all who presented. Tune in for Day 3 tomorrow (Thursday, April 23) at 10:00 am CDT! Register Now FCIA Members: Find today’s sessions in the Members Only section.


Thanks to the FCIA Members who attended the first day of the Virtual ECA ’20! Attendance was stellar. Sessions were phenomenal. Can’t wait to see what Day 2 brings! Missed it? That’s ok. FCIA Members can check out the presentations in the Members Only section. Plus, there’s still three days left! Register once. Attend one, […]


Virtual ECA ’20 starts today! Four days (April 21-24) filled with various one-hour webinar sessions all focused on firestop and industry education. It’s open to FCIA Members and their employees and is totally free to attend! Register once. Attend one, two, three, or four days. Register Now!


Register today for ‘Fire Barrier Management & UL: The UL-ULC Qualified Firestop Contractor Program, the MACC Program, & Firestop Special Inspection’ with UL’s Ruben Sandoval, Jr., the April session in the FCIA Educational Webinar Series. When: Wednesday, April 29Time: 10:00 am CDT Register Today!


Thank you to all who attended today’s webinar, ‘Fire Codes, Building Codes, and Building Barrier Management – Firestops and More’. Missed it? Find the presentation online here. Be sure to tune in for next month’s session, ‘Firestop and UL: The UL-ULC Qualified Firestop Contractor Program, the Master Certificate of Compliance, and Firestop Special Inspection’, with […]


Thanks to all the FCIA Specialty Firestop Installation Contractor and Special Inspection Agency members who tuned in for today’s ‘FCIA Education for the Firestop Exams’ webinar. Although there were a few technical difficulties to get us started, the session was well-attended by Specialty Firestop Installation Contractor and Special Inspection Agency members looking to pursue third-party […]


Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, FCIA has received a few questions about the upcoming ECA ’20 event in Kansas City, MO. FCIA leadership and staff are watching the situation closely with keen eye for the health and welfare of FCIA’s attendees, staff, and speakers. Learn more


The Barrier Management Symposium is a one- or two-day Symposium hosted around North America by ASHE regions and chapters, APPA chapters, ICC chapters, and others that features technical education from industry experts on the various elements of Barrier Management. But did you know you can also find the Barrier Management Symposium Video Series online? Check […]


This month, FCIA events and the FM & UL-ULC Firestop Exams scheduled in Doha, Qatar and Dubai, UAE had to be postponed because of travel restrictions in place. Both events have been rescheduled to June. Learn more* If you were registered for the February dates, you do not need to re-register. FCIA Fire Code and […]


Due to the worldwide Coronavirus outbreak, travel restrictions are now implemented, affecting FCIA events in Doha and Qatar. These events will be rescheduled. Stay tuned for more information on the new dates for theFCIA Fire Code and FSB ‘DIIM’ Symposium DohaandFCIA Fire Code and Firestop & Effective Compartmentation Membership Meeting Dubai Our deepest apologies to […]


Registration is now open for ECA ’20, the FCIA Education & Committee Action Conference, heading to the InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza in Kansas City, MO this May 11-14, 2020*. *Please note the dates for this event. ECA ’20 will be a Monday-Thursday pattern this year.


Registration is Now Open for two FCIA events in the Middle East, as well as the FM & UL Firestop Exams! 18-20 February 2020FCIA Fire Code and FSB ‘DIIM’ Symposium Doha, Qatar 23-25 February 2020FCIA Fire Code and Firestop & Effective Compartmentation Membership Meeting Dubai, UAE