Fire Fighters Solar Knowledge Questionnaire
With over a million structures equipped with solar electric panels (photovoltaic or PV) in the US, chances are you will encounter solar on the job. The Interstate Renewable Energy Council, International Association of Fire Fighters, International Association of Electrical Inspectors, International Code Council's Solar Rating and Certification Corporation and the National Association of State Fire Marshals are partners on a two-year Department of Energy-funded project, which we expect will vastly increase the amount of fire fighters with knowledge and access to resources about solar safety and technology.
We'd like to hear what your experience with solar is so far, so we can offer training that best meets your needs. We know you are very busy, but appreciate if you, your staff, or fire personnel from your state can take 10 minutes to provide us with valuable information. As a token of our gratitude, we will share with you our key findings at the end of September, so you can see where your colleagues around the country stand with respect to solar knowledge.
To Inspect or Not to Inspect? That is the Question...
Join FCIA on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM EDT, for this highly attended FREE Webinar series.
Special Inspection for Firestop Systems has been specified in 07-84-00 Specs for quite some time. It's but one piece of the "DIIM" of Firestopping. Third-party Special Inspection of systems installed by an FCIA Contractor Member, FM 4991 Approved or UL/ULC Qualified Firestop Contractor, ensures a safe firestop installation.
ASTM E 2174 and 2393 are the Standards referenced in the 2015 IBC 2015 that speak specifically to Firestop Systems. ASTM E 2174 refers to a standard set of guidelines that are to be followed when conducting and reporting on inspections of penetration firestop systems and ASTM E 2393 refers to fire-resistive joint systems. The practices are intended to provide a means to verify compliance of the installed firestop systems to the inspection documents. But the Standards only outline criteria for the Special Inspector and are relatively limited.
SC Code Book Availability
ICC will be publishing a SC version of the 2015 codes as adopted by the Building Council. The books will have the SC amendments integrated into the codes and users will not need to have separate documents as in the past.
The IRC, IFC, IPC, IMC, IFGC and IEBC should be available by mid-August. The IBC should be available in mid-September.