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Firestop Specifications: What Architects Need to Know, with Specified Technologies, Inc.

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About This Program

According to the IBC, “…Construction documents shall be of sufficient clarity to indicate the location, nature and extent of the work proposed and show in detail that it will conform to the provisions of this code…as determined by the building official.” Failure to properly to do so can jeopardize life safety and property and result in serious liability. This course is intended to provide architects and specifiers of firestop products and systems with the information and resources they need to meet the intent of the code. Being aware of the requirements for proper firestop specifications and drawings during the design phase cannot be overstated. Fully understanding the unique challenges of proper specification are critical to avoid costly changes, delays, and liability downstream.

Session Takeaways

  • Recognize the importance of specifying firestop correctly
  • Identify and avoid the most common mistakes made when specifying firestop.
  • Describe the features and shortcomings of the two most widely-used spec writing tools with respect to firestopping.
  • Identify resources and solutions available to help make firestop specification faster, easier and with lower liability.

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Learning Units

CSI: 1.0 LU
*May be submitted for domain specific learning units to CDT recertification, and/or general learning units for CCCA, CCS, and CCPR.
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Relevant Practices

Specifying/Information Management
Product Selection/Specification
Quality Assurance


  • Keith Sanford, PE,CDT,CCPR,CSI

    Keith Sanford is a Senior Field Engineer with Specified Technologies Inc. (STI) who works primarily with design professionals to make the specification of firestopping easier and code-compliant and reduce clients’ liability through education and consulting. Keith is a PE (Professional Engineer) who believes in the importance of firestopping, a belief that solidified after a personal experience during the legal aftermath of a major fire. For over 30 years, he has worked for two of the largest firestop manufacturers in the world, both domestically and abroad, in positions including sales, field engineer, technical service manager, product manager, global marketing manager, and director of business development. These roles took him throughout the US and Canada, Europe, Australia, the Middle East, India, and the Pacific Rim. Keith holds a degree in Civil Engineering from Valparaiso University and an MBA from the Meinders School of Business at Oklahoma City University. He was a founding member of IFC (International Firestop Council) and served 2 years as President. He is a member of CSI and achieved both CDT and CCPR certifications.

January 18, 2023
Wed 2:00 PM EST

Duration 1H 0M

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