Services: Third Party Special Inspection
No major construction project can be completed without passing multiple inspections, and one of those inspections will cover firestop. Failing a firestop inspection can impact the project schedule.
There are also times when remediation may require significant changes if the trades have not properly collaborated. One example, if the drywaller did not know a 12”x16” duct location, then they might not have framed out an opening for it. As a consequence, the mechanical contractor ran the duct through the rated wall. This means that the firestop contractor likely can not comply with the submitted UL listed assembly – which requires that the opening to be framed out in order to be firestopped properly.
Having an inspector who not only knows this, but also informs the team during the pre-construction meeting of the potential pit-falls is crucial to your project’s success.
Did your last special inspector review the project submittals? Do they have the submittals on site when they do the inspection? Do they provide you with detailed reports identifying what element of the UL listed assembly is non-compliant? Unfortunately, if we are hired as a third party special inspector on your project, we can not assist with trouble shooting or value engineering because then we are stepping outside of the bounds of the ASTM standards. Because of this limitation, we will do everything we can to properly arm your team during the pre-construction meeting.
Our focus on everything we do:
- Save lives, in the event of a fire
- Protect first-responders while doing their job
- Protect the building
- Protect the building inventory
- Meet or exceed all codes, standards, and specifications related to firestop
- Mitigate liability for the building owner, the contractor, and all involved trades.
HLS Consulting’s inspection services include:
- Review of plans, specifications, project submittals that will impact firestop installations
- Conduct pre-construction meetings that will drive the collaboration of your team
- Inspection of through penetration firestop according to the ASTM E 2174 Standard Practice for On-Site Inspection of Installed Fire Stops
- Inspection of Construction Rated Joints according to the ASTM E 2393 Standard Practice for On-Site Inspection of Installed Fire Resistive Joint Systems
- Inspection of Perimeter Containment Firestop according to the ASTM E 2393 Standard Practice for On-Site Inspection of Installed Fire Resistive Joint Systems and Perimeter Fire Barriers
Additional Inspection Services
- Fire Barrier review during tenant changes for residential or office spaces
- Inspection before purchasing a building. This will in many cases allow you to demand a lower cost because of the expense of bringing the building up to current codes
- Hospitals benefit from assistance with maintaining their SOC for JCAHO
- Hospitals can also benefit from our reviewing the facility prior to JCAHO inspection to ensure there are no surprises related to firestop