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An Association of Contractors and Manufacturers Providing Passive Fire Protection to Structural Materials

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The NFCA represents contractors who install passive fireproofing products to protect building structural materials from fire and manufacturers who provide those products. Member contractors install sprayed fireproofing, intumescent coatings and fireproofing board products. Contractors are approved to install these materials by fireproofing product manufacturers and some are covered by the UL Qualified Contractor Program.

The NFCA works to improve the proper use and application of industry products through development of standard practices and educational programs for both product users and members.

NFCA NEWS

April 11, 2014 - What a great conference NFCA had in New Orleans, LA the week of March 21-26.  Check out NFCA's Conference presentations in the NFCA Meetings section, NFCA-online.org.

March 7, 2014 - There is still time to register for the NFCA Contractor Accreditation Program Education / Exams and the NFCA Annual Conference. Email us if you need more info.

February 19, 2014 - NFCA Canada Members!  Don't miss the Canada Committee Breakout during the NFCA Conference Thursday morning!

February 17, 2014 - NFCA Conference Alert!  The Louisiana State Fire Marshal's Office Cheif Architect Joe Delaune is speaking about passive fire resistance's role in Life Safety. Sign up now for the NFCA Annual Conference.

February 14, 2014 - NFCA Annual Conference Flash!  The American Society of Healthcare Engineers' (ASHE) Jonathan Flannery speaks Friday at the Conference.  Don't miss this program on what a healthcare facility expects from a SFRM/IFRM Fireproofing Contractor.

Febrary 3, 2014 - NFCA's Annual Conference & Education Week is coming up quickly.  Registrations are rolling in and speakers preparing for you to attend and participate. Don't miss the conference. Email NFCA for info.

February 1, 2014 - NFCA renewals for several firms are in the mail.  Renew today to support the NFCA efforts to build programs that result in better fireproofing installations.

January 17, 2014 - NFCA's Annual Conference - March 24-28, New Orleans

The Contractor Accreditation Program SFRM and IFRM Education Sessions Monday afternoon & Tuesday prepare you for the SFRM/IFRM Exams Wednesday. 

NFCA's Annual ConferenceThursday & Friday feature dynamic speakers:

  • UL's Primary Designated Engineer for Fire Resistance Luke Woods & UL Qualified Contractor Program's Matthew Schumann
  • Isolatek's Dave Dratnol on Code Issue
  • NFCA Committee Meeting
  • NFCA Annual Membership Meeting & NFCA Member Awards Banquet
  • ....And much more.

Finish a great NFCA week at noon or stay the weekend in N'awlins. NFCA's special rate is $190/night at the Renaissance Arts Hotel. Make reservations online, or call 877-622-3056. Hotel Room Reservation Deadline, Feb. 25.

Watch NFCA-online.org for an NFCA Agenda, NFCA Golf Outing, NFCA Conference Sponsorships and more, next week.

December 21, 2013 - NFCA Announces New Executive Director

The NFCA is pleased and excited to announce the appointment of our new executive director, Bill McHugh.  With extensive management experience with industry associations, expertise in code development, and contacts throughout the fireproofing/firestopping industry, he is an abundantly qualified and highly skilled leader that will move the NFCA forward.  By leading growth of the organization both in size and scope, Bill will elevate the NFCA in its mission to educate contractors and inspectors, recognize contractor excellence, and develop industry standards that promote the SFRM industry to the great benefit of its members and the life safety needs of the general public.

The NFCA owes tremendous gratitude to Hugh Dudley, our respected founder and original executive director for over a decade.  Hugh has retired to spend more time with his wife and family.  During his tenure, Hugh created, led and promoted the association and the industry with dedication and skill.  He established industry standards, educational programs and events, and multiple contractor accreditation programs.  Hugh was not only a leader but a great team player who always listened to member concerns and worked very hard to deliver whatever result would most benefit the association, the members, and the greater public good.  Hugh will remain a resource to the NFCA in the near term.  The association will carry his vision forward while never forgetting his many, many contributions and steady, professional leadership.

December 10, 2013 - Plasterers Local 31 and UL Join NFCA

The NFCA is pleased to have the Plasterers Local 31 located in Munhall, PA and Underwriters Laboratories to join the NFCA as Associate Members.

The Plasterers Local 31 is represented by Douglas Taylor and joined to work toward developing training programs for its members who supply workers on fireproofing projects.
Underwriters Laboratories (UL) located in Northbrook, IL is represented by Luke Woods. UL is very instrumental in approving fireproofing products and approving fire rated designs used by the industry. There interest is to work with the interest on technical issues affecting both UL and the industry.


Check out NFCA's Associate Members.

October 21, 2013 - NFCA Revises Bulletin 1001: Determination of Thickness of SFRM for Beams/Joists in Restrained Assemblies
Based on the IBC 2009 Building Code, Bulletin1001 has been revised to conform to the requirement that floor beams must have the same hourly fire rating as the assembly fire rating. That means that substitution of a 1-hour beam into a 2-hour Restrained Assembly is not allowed.Visit the Technical Information section of the NFCA web site (www.nfca-online.org) for a complete copy of the revised bulletin.

July 22, 2013 - Lawrence B. Wohl Inc. New IFRM Accredited Contractor

Lawrence B. Wohl, Inc. of Port Chester, NY is now an NFCA Accredited Contractor for IFRM. Jonathan Wohl recently completed the training sessions and passed the examinations as the DRI for the IFRM program under the NFCA Contractor Accreditation Program (CAP). This contractor is already a SFRM Accredited Contractor

We welcome Lawrence B. Wohl Inc. as an Accredited IFRM Contractor. View their accreditation on this web site and contact them to discuss your needs.

July 17, 2013 - American Coatings Corp. New IFRM Accredited Contractor

American Coatings Corp. of Ashland, VA is the newest NFCA Accredited Contractor for IFRM. Stephen Winston recently completed the training sessions and passed the examinations as the DRI for the IFRM program under the NFCA Contractor Accreditation Program (CAP).

We welcome American Coatings, Corp. as an Accredited IFRM Contractor. View their accreditation on this web site and contact them to discuss your needs.

July 8, 2013 - American Fireproofing , Inc. New Accredited Contractor

American Fireproofing, Inc. of Crown Point, IN is the newest NFCA Accredited Contractor for both SFRM and IFRM. Richard Hughes recently completed the training sessions and passed the examinations as the DRI for both IFRM and SFRM programs under the NFCA Contractor Accreditation Program (CAP).

We welcome American Fireproofing , Inc.as an Accredited Contractor. View their accreditation on this web site and contact them to discuss your needs.

June 7, 2013 - MartinBros./Marcowall, Inc. New Accredited Contractor

MartinBros./Marcowall, Inc. of Gardena, CA is a NFCA Accredited Contractor for both SFRM and IFRM. Martin Rodriguez recently completed the training sessions and passed the examinations as the DRI for both IFRM and SFRM programs under the NFCA Contractor Accreditation Program (CAP).

We welcome MartinBros./Marcowall as an Accredited Contractor. View their accreditation on this web site and contact them to discuss your needs.

May 24, 2013

Newkem Engineers Pvt Ltd Newest Accredited Contractor

Newkem Engineers Pvt Ltd of Mumbai, India is the newest NFCA Accredited Contractor for both SFRM and IFRM. Kush Sura, Newkem’s DRI, recently completed the training sessions for SFRM and IFRM and passed the examAccreditated Contractor. inations for both DRI programs. The expanding fireproofing opportunities in the Indian construction market lead to Newkem becoming interested in the NFCA programs.

We welcome Newkem as a NFCA Accredited Contractor. View their accreditation on this web site and contact them to discuss your needs.

May 15, 2013

PDQuipment Joins NFCA as Associate Member

PDQuipment located in Oregon City, OR joined the NFCA as an Associate member. Dennis Mills is the member contact. PDQuipment is the material sprayers one-stop-shop. From tarps, parts, pumps, and more, they will supply you with whatever you need to get the job done. They are a company that provides service and equipment to the United States and across the globe. With over 25 years of experience in the business we can be your purchasing agent.

Their web site is www.pdquipment.com. Welcome to the NFCA.

May 10 , 2013

New Officers and Board of Directors Elected

A new slate of officers and directors were elected during the NFCA business meeting in San Antonio on April 19, 2013. The 2013-2014 officers and directors are:

President Paul Steele Raymond-Southern California Orange, CA
Vice President Dean Lakey T. J. Weis Contracting, Inc. Lake St. Louis, MO
Treasurer Bret Simpson W. R. Grace & Co. Cambridge, MA
Secretary Mike Barker Donalco, Inc. Scarborough, ON
Director Jose A. Lopez AISLA Citec, Inc. San Juan, PR
Director Ron Van Frankfoort Carboline, Inc. St. Louis, MO
Director Kurt Neff Isolatek Corp. Stanhope, NJ
Director Mike Nehnevajsa Easley & Rivers Inc. Monroeville, PA
Director John Taglienti East Coast Fireproofing Walpole, MA
Director Howard Towler Acme Fireproofing Jenks, OK
Director Bubba Winston American Coatings, Inc. Ashland, VA
Director Jonathan Wohl Lawrence B. Wohl   Port Chester, NY

April 14, 2013

Three New NFCA Members

Three new companies have joined the NFCA. The companies include contractors and associate members. The contractors are participating in both DRI training programs and attending the education conference in San Antonio. The associate member is an insurance broker. All have an interest in the NFCA Contractor Accreditation Program (CAP). The members are:
Newkem Engineers pvt Ltd located in Mumbai, India joined to learn more about the SFRM and IFRM application since many projects are designed using UL Fire rated designs. This is the first international member for the NFCA. Mr. Kush Sura is company representative.

Toman Brothers, Inc. of San Antonio has been in the business of fire protection applications for the past 35 years. Their interest lies in the DRI program and its use in the market to help distinguish their company from others. Mr. Ross Toman is company representative.

Rueter Insurance of Philadelphia, PA joined to learn how they can improve their position in the Philadelphia fire rated market. They currently write many policies for construction projects. Mr. Joseph Rueter is company representative.

View their contact information on the “MemberLists” page of the NFCA web under “About NFCA”.

 

December 20, 2011
NFCA Forms Canadian Committee

The NFCA President, Mike Nehnevajsa, announces the formation of a Canadian Committee within the NFCA. Canada is covered by different structural engineering principles, a national code, and some differences in the UL product approvals. These differences need to be met by the committee who can focus the issues that Canadian contractors deal with on a daily basis. Don Falconer, President of Falconer Engineering & Testing located in Whitby, Ontario Canada has been appointed chairman. Don, an Associate Member of NFCA, has years of experience in the Canadian market first with A/D Fireproofing and recently with Carboline and their respective SFRM and IFRM products.

The first meeting of the committee will take place Thursday afternoon, March 22, 2012 during the NFCA Educational Conference to be held at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. Canadian contractors should contact the NFCA office if you desire to participate in this committee meeting. We also encourage discussing this committee formation with other Canadian contractors  and urge them to join the NFCA and participate in the March Committee meeting in Las Vegas

December 20, 2011

NFCA Announces Accredited Contractor Program

The NFCA announces an Accredited Contractor program for NFCA members who install Spray-Applied Fire Resistive Materials (SFRM) and/or Intumescent Fire Resistive Materials (IFRM). The purpose of this program is to set a standard that requires an educational effort on the contractor’s part resulting in an improvement in application of industry products in accordance with agency product approvals and building code compliance. The heart of the program revolves around the contractor having at least one Designated Responsible Individual (DRI) in the contractor’s organization. The DRI must have participated in a NFCA DRI training program and passed an examination of the learned knowledge.  The NFCA training program and examination covers agency product approvals, agency design procedures for products, and the application of fire resistive materials in accordance with industry procedures. In addition, the DRI must continue learning through yearly educational requirements. The contractor must have been in business applying industry products for two years, received training in application of manufacturer’s products, and a member in good standing in the NFCA.

Two SFRM contractors, Easley & Rivers, Inc. of Monroeville, PA and Raymond-Southern California, Inc. of Orange, CA met the program requirements and have been awarded the NFCA SFRM Accredited Contractor logo.

Details of the program and how to participate may be found under the tab "NFCA Accredited Contractor". DRI training programs for SFRM and IFRM contractors will be held March 20-21, 2012 at the MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas, NV. Check the DRI training announcement on this web site under NFCA News..

October 9, 2009

NFCA Announces Free Inspector Training for SFRM & Intumescent Products

The NFCA announces the availability of a free training program for inspectors who conduct special inspections of SFRM and Intumescent Materials. This program may be found in the ICC Inspector section of this web site along with operating instructions.

This training program was created to provide the tools necessary for a special inspector to properly conduct the inspection and testing of applied products in accordance with the IBC code requirements. The industry encourages the person completing the training to become a ICC Certified Inspector for SFRM and Intumescent materials. Information on how to become a ICC Certified Inspector is also on the instruction page.

The program covers the areas of code requirements, thickness testing, density testing, and bond strength testing for SFRM and thickness testing for Intumescent. All of this testing by a special inspector is required by code following the application of these products.

Should you have comments on the training program, contacts us via e-mail at Inspectortraining@nfca-online.com.

April 23, 2009

ICC Code Changes for 2009 International Fire Code Will Benefit Safety in Buildings

Several changes affecting Fireproofing will be published in the 2009 edition of the ICC International Fire Code.

  • In 703.1, an annual visual inspection of accessible fire-resistance rated construction by the owner is required. Systems must be properly repaired, restored or replaced when damaged, altered, breached or penetrated. This change should increase the reliability of installed fireproofing throughout the life of a building.
  • Section 403.18 requires the minimum bond strength of SFRM Fireproofing in high rise buildings to be as follows:
      • When the height is more that 75 feet up to 420 feet, the minimum bond strength is 430 psf
      • More than 420 feet the minimum bond strength is 1000psf

The changes will promote the use of products on these high risk buildings that meet the bond strength requirements now stated by the 2009 code.

  • Table 503 – Allowable Height and Building Areas will have the height reduced by 1 story for Type III B buildings. More business, mercantile and storage buildings will fall under Type IIA which will require a 1 hour classification.
  • Section 202 – Primary structural frame – Cross Bracing. This section increases the amount of cross bracing to be fireproofed with a change in definition. This section now includes the following: “Bracing members that are essential to the vertical stability of the primary structural frame under gravity loading shall be considered part of the primary structural frame whether or not the bracing member carries gravity loads.”

NFCA supports the work ICC's Membership did in code development cycles to improve safety in buildings using fire resistance rated construction.