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New report details how resilient piping can enhance fire protection

Mar 19, 2023

Safe Piping Matters has published a new research-based report on the firestopping of pipe penetrations. It presents expert insights on how to help protect the lives of occupants and first responders in building fires.

"There is quite a lengthy list of items which can result in problems with the installation of firestopping materials," states one expert. "Any one of these items can contribute to a two-hour wall being reduced to a four-minute wall."

The report also explains how firestop failures in the event of a fire can trigger fiascos which put people at risk, while raising serious questions and liability for architects, engineers, and construction professionals.

Based on guidance from firestopping experts and industry research, Safe Piping Matters reviews several issues architects, engineers, and contractors should consider to reduce fire risk. It covers problems related to firestopping assemblies for various plastic piping materials, such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC), chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC), polyethylene (PE), and crosslinked polyethylene (PEX) plastic, as well as non-combustible piping materials, such as copper, iron, and steel.

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Safe Piping Matters works to provide design and construction professionals with the best information on safe, resilient, and sustainable piping. The organization believes systems should not only improve building performance, but also protect the health of the people who live and work in them.

"Designing and installing firestop assemblies for piping penetrations requires a demanding process," says Paul Hagar, executive director of Safe Piping Matters. "Teams must understand which code requirements apply to their situation, select appropriate components, and install them correctly. This report features experts who address critical firestopping issues that occur throughout the construction process and gives recommendations to make buildings safer."

The report can be accessed on the organization's website.