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Posted By ASC, Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, December 20, 2017

BLOG:  Perimeter Containment- Firestop Joints. Let’s Find a Better Solution -part 1 of 2-
By Sharron Halpert, Expert Blogger


A challenge for the creative problem solvers

In our blog on 12/7 we had a discussion about firestopping on rated joints, but we did not talk specifically about the different types. Did you know that the building code requires the rating of the floor to remain continuous up to or through the exterior façade of the building. If the façade sits ON the floor, clearly the code requirement is met. However, when the façade hangs off the edge of the floor, this slot can be as small as ½” or up to several feet. In this blog and the next we will pose a challenge to manufacturers to combine existing technologies in other industries in order to create a whole new product that might provide a better solution and a faster installation. Are you interested in creating something the market has never seen AND making buildings safer? If so, read on my friends!

If you have read much on the Grenfell Tower fire in London, you know that, on top of the concerns about the combustible exterior facades, there is also the potential that there was likely nothing in that slot that we mentioned. If this were the case that means there was nothing that would stop the fire and smoke from spreading from one floor to the next, inside the building.



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