There are many ways to prevent the spread of fire in buildings. One way used is firestopping, a passive way to compartmentalize the building and contain the fire (smoke, heat, flames) for a set period of time, allowing occupants to evacuate the area and prevent the rapid spread the harmful effects of fire.
As you can see on the code plans provided by architects, many areas have different occupancies and are separated by fire-rated systems (walls, floors, ceilings, roof). These systems have been tested and approved by various agencies including UL and FM. When there is a penetration or joint in this system, the fire-rating is compromised. In order to restore the system back to its original rating, we provide firestopping and fire resistive joints to restore the integrity of the system.
There are hundreds of possibilities and options when firestopping as long as it is designed and installed in accordance within an approved system.
In this location, general contractors typically require each trade that penetrates the system (wall, floor, ceiling, roof) to firestop their own penetrations. This makes sense because they have control over and can easily determine what the penetrating material type, quantity, and location is. This drastically effects the system. For example, a 4-inch PVC or ABS pipe has a different method of firestopping than a 3/4-inch metal conduit.
The fire resistive joints can be covered by a variety of trades, including insulators, drywallers, and caulkers. We have the ability to review the plans or existing condition and consult with our supplier to come up with the best solution for your project. Please include us when looking for a firestopping subcontractor.
We are trained and ready to help you on your passive fire protection by creating fire rated walls, floor and ceiling in accordance with the applicable UL/FM rated systems. Below are a few example projects demonstrating our ability to troubleshoot and solve your firestopping challenges.
- Midtown Village
- Capriotti Sandwich Shop
- U of U Utah Museum of Fine Arts Humidity Remidiation
- Athlos Academy
- Intermountain Medical Center Disaster Ready