If you have a smoke barrier on your project, you will have to pay attention to the firestop in a whole new way.
Yesterday we talked about fire rated joints in smoke barriers. Today we are going to tackle Step 3-
Are you ready?
Grab your list of smoke barriers and then talk with each of your trades (mechanical, electrical, plumbing sprinkler and anyone else who is poking a hole in the rated assemblies- the list may be longer than you think). The question you need to ask everyone is “what penetrations will you have through this smoke barrier?” then ask, “what firestop system do you have for that penetration?” Then look at the details and see what L ratings they have.
That is the easy part. Step 4 is the hard part, and we will go over that tomorrow.
If you want some help organizing this paperwork I want to invite you to a free training that is designed to help you understand how to plan your project a little better, at least related to firestop https://firestop-coffee-break-training.mykajabi.com/abc-s-and-123-s-of-firestop-penetrations
Here is the link. If you check it out, please let me know what you think about it and if you find it valuable, please share it with people on your team and on social media so we can help others as well.
Check back tomorrow for the final step- this one’s tough, but critical to compliance. If a construction defect lawyer got their hands on this and you didn’t do this right…YIKES.
As always, if you have questions just reach out to me, your favorite firestop manufacturer, firestop installer or your local firestop special inspector and see if they can help you. In fact- if you are in one of those roles, please feel free to put your contact info in here so people can find you. Even if you are my competitor- let people know who you are, where you are and what you do so they can get help when they need it.
Then check back tomorrow for the final step.
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