Meeting/Event Information


October 18, 2017

Compliance for Fire Rated Duct - Symmetry and Continuity Compliance
October 18, 2017
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
HESS Building
5430 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77056
Is your fire rated duct actually fire rated in accordance with code requirements?

$25.00 Monthly Luncheon meeting
$30.00 after 5:00 pm October 13


$0.00 Consulting Engineer Express Members Only (PAID)

$0.00 Regular Express Members Only (PAID)

$0.00 Life Time Member

Is your fire rated duct actually fire rated in accordance with code requirements for symmetry testing? Many industry-standard horizontal HVAC Fire-Rated assemblies are not in compliance with the International Building Code (IBC). Please plan to attend.

Course Overview:  

The presentation is set up with the intent to be non-commercialized and code-focused on a very important and misunderstood subject. Many types of fire-resistive rated duct products are considered to achieve code compliance including;  blankets, wraps or batts that are applied directly to duct work, along with coated ducts and other manufactured duct assemblies.

In order to understand the product limitations, it is important to understand how different products achieve their fire resistance capabilities. So among other things, attendees will learn the basics for proper application of fire-resistive rated duct and enclosure assemblies’ listings and approvals for compliance with the “symmetry testing” and “continuity” requirements of the International Building Code (IBC).  All products may be applied within limitations of their approvals andor listings. Instructors of this seminar will describe how to properly apply products and review common pitfalls relating to the varied compliance approaches for the protection of HVAC systems.  Particular focus is applied to life safety ventilation applications, such as stairwell and elevator shaft pressurization systems, and we will examine when the distribution of HVAC duct systems may affect life safety features of the structure, such as shaft enclosure penetrations along with protection of fire resistive rated floor/ceiling assemblies.



Speaker Bio:

Mr. Joseph Hauf, PE is a licensed professional engineer in multiple states in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast US, since his start in life safety engineering with Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc. out of their Washington, DC office in 1988, while studying in the Fire Protection Engineering program at the University of Maryland.

Mr. Hauf has over 29 years of experience in life safety and fire protection engineering from concept through commissioning for complex, high-rise, mixed use projects in various jurisdictions in the United States and abroad.



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