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Future Proofing Cable Firestops

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Firestop penetrations are the most common code violation found by commercial building inspectors. Avoid trouble by determining the maximum number of cables a building may need. Don’t forget to plan penetrations needed to allow all the low voltage cabling required in the building. Use Future Proof Plates to centralize, install and maintain firewall penetrations made by telecomm installers for the life of a new building.

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Future Proofing Cable Firestops

  1. 1. Future Proofing Cable Firestops Mike Tobias Sr.
  2. 2. Firestop penetrations are the most common code violation found by commercial building inspectors.
  3. 3. Retrofitting these violations can be very expensive.
  4. 4. And once a firestop violation is found…
  5. 5. …it can lead to a litigious situation for the building owner, the installation contractor and the inspector.
  6. 6. STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE (S.O.P) But you can avoid these troubles by simply establishing a
  7. 7. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A PLAN You need to plan for future … additions … moves … or changes
  8. 8. Determine maximum number of cables a building may need for the LIFE OF THE BUILDING.
  9. 9. Don’t forget to plan penetrations needed to allow all the low voltage cabling required in the building.
  10. 10. Including data, telecomm, security, CCTV, intercom, secondary networks, printers, modems – EVERYTHING.
  11. 11. KEEP YOUR PLANNING SIMPLE Use Future Proof Plates to centralize, install and maintain firewall penetrations made by telecomm installers for the life of a new building.
  12. 12. FPP’s allow cable bundles to be in designated positions by design, allowing for ease of maintenance by centralizing all potential penetrations.
  13. 13. FPP's can be designed with multiple holes for all the different types of cabling to be installed, smoke sealed and fire stopped.
  14. 14. FPP's are sealed with firestop caulk behind the pairs of plates with a bead of caulk around each of the holes on both sides of the firewall. The key here is to only make the holes in the firewall as needed.
  15. 15. Designers can plan enough holes in FPP’s for future cabling and avoid the lack of planning pitfalls for the life of the building, if properly maintained.
  16. 16. FPP's can be used with any type of mechanical sleeve system on the market today. All FPP‘s are powder coated RED and are available with any number of different configurations to be able to group the cable media.
  17. 17. Because firestop sleeve systems are not allowed to be left open and unattended, make sure to use Smooth Endcaps to seal the ends of empty sleeves.
  18. 18. IDENTIFY YOUR BARRIER RATING Make sure to identify your barrier ratings and label them accordingly for planning future penetrations.
  19. 19. Proper documentation with alpha numeric identification on a digital photo could save you a lot of trouble at inspection time.
  20. 20. Label your fire-rated barrier in multiple locations and be sure to post any F - T - L ratings.
  21. 21. TRAIN YOUR PEOPLE Its important that your own people know how to properly install and maintain your building’s firestop system.
  22. 22. HOW TO FUTUREPROOF YOUR CABLE FIRESTOP PENETRATIONS • Establish a S.O.P. • Have a Cabling Plan for the Building • Use Future Proof Plates to Group Existing and Future Firewall Penetrations • Label your Firewall with its Barrier Rating • Train Your Installers • Call us for Assistance- 251-751-8774
  23. 23. Visit our websitefor more firestop products and completeinstallation pictorials. https://www.uniquefirestop.com/

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