Firestop for Today’s Construction Challenges
Sponsored Feature by Specified Technologies Inc.
Kate Emery / March 2023
As building construction has increased in complexity, so has the proper design, usage and installation of firestopping materials. Specified Technologies Inc. understands that unique site conditions call for unique firestopping solutions, which is why we have a fully staffed Engineering Services Team readily accessible to help with Engineering Judgments (EJs), technical inquiries, specification reviews, project plan reviews, BIM development, detail sheet generation and any other project-related firestopping needs. Our full line of firestopping products is specifically designed and tested to be installation-friendly, provide superior performance and reduce labor costs. All of our systems are fully tested according to ANSI/UL® 2079, ASTM E1966, ASTM E1399, ULC-S115 and other relevant standards relating to movement and fire testing of joint systems.
Specified Technologies is a company obsessed with finding solutions to customer challenges. We recognize and address the nuances of firestopping head-of-wall joints and other joint systems installed into or between wall systems. We offer flexible joint sealants and sprays or gasket materials that allow for dynamic movement.
Versatility of spray
Our SpecSeal® AS200 Elastomeric Spray has been the benchmark standard for top-of-wall sprays for more than 20 years. The easy-to-spray formula and high-bridging capabilities of AS200 won’t soak into mineral wool, and it stays put and won’t run down the wall.
Caulk and spray compatibility
Our SpecSeal® AS200 Elastomeric Spray and ES Elastomeric Sealant are formulated for compatibility. This is advantageous for situations where a sealant may be preferable to spray, and transitions occur such as finished joints or exposed areas. Additionally, touch-up work can be performed using a caulk gun.
Systems have been developed for a wide range of movement. Whether for wind-load, thermal or seismic, we have solutions that work. Our patented SpeedFlex®Joint Profile can be used to provide 100% unencumbered movement with AS200 Elastomeric Spray. The Track Top Gasket systems will allow for 100% movement without the need to caulk or spray the head-of-wall joint.
Penetrants in head-of-wall joints
Although some construction projects advocate a “no-fly zone” to avoid penetrants being routed through head-of-wall joints, not all projects do, and occasionally, this scenario does occur. However, penetrations in joints complicate the process of firestopping or encumber the movement capabilities of the joint system and must be evaluated through testing. Accordingly, we have tested a variety of metal or plastic penetrants in the flute valleys to provide approved methods to ensure compliance.
CPVC compatibility with spray
AS200 is tested for compatibility with CPVC pipe, a common type of sprinkler pipe. Whether sprinkler pipes penetrate the head-of-wall joint or overspray is a consideration, it is the only spray on the market as part of the Lubrizol’s FBC™ System Compatible Program for CPVC pipe.
Firestop Instructional Training
Firestopping is a topic of great interest to contractors for a multitude of reasons. With proper planning and training, firestopping installation is greatly simplified, costs are reduced, and contractors can be sure construction project stakeholders are provided with code-compliant firestop systems. Ultimately, contractors who undergo firestop training are enhancing life safety and property protection in the buildings they perform work in.
We offer comprehensive, competency-based courses to educate and train participants in the fundamentals needed to become a resident firestop specialist. The goal is to equip participants with the knowledge and tools needed to return home and serve as a resident expert in confirming whether firestop installations are code compliant. Courses are non-proprietary to specific brands and are accredited with the American Institute of Architects or 16 LU/HSW credits, 12 BICSI CECs.
People who will install, specify, train, inspect or supervise firestop installations are encouraged to attend our in-person or virtual training. Our diverse attendees include contractors, AHJs, architects, engineers, maintenance managers, IS managers, CE managers, IT directors, infectious control managers, life-safety officers, loss reduction specialists and other interested parties. See our upcoming training events here: https://www.stifirestop.com/events?category=Training.
We engineer peace of mind.
Specified Technologies Inc. is a global company focused on innovating and leading the firestopping industry. Featuring Made in America products for penetrations, joints and perimeter fire containment, Specified Technologies is dedicated to bringing expertise and excellence to this critical field. For more than 30 years, Specified Technologies has built a team of engineers, industry standard products like SpecSeal® and a suite of digital tools to help solve complex project challenges. Specified Technologies sets the bar for firestopping products that offer peace of mind when life safety and compliance is paramount.
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About the Author
Kate Emery has worked in the building materials industry for over 11 years and serves as the vice president of marketing for Specified Technologies. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.