Use this CSI 3 part SimpleSpecs™ master specification to specify sprayed cementitious fireproofing and mineral fiber fireproofing for structural steel components.
Fireproofing is used to protect a building’s structural members from damage during a fire in order to provide an extended period for occupants to evacuate before collapse and to minimize fire damage to the building. The required fire protection rating is dictated by the applicable building code and is stated in hours.
The hourly rating is dependent on the size and shape of the member being fireproofed, type and thickness of the fireproofing material, location of the member within the structure, and other factors. There is no single fireproofing solution that meets all code requirements. Consult with a fireproofing manufacturer to ascertain the correct fireproofing design for each application.
Cementitious fireproofing is sometimes referred to as sprayed fireproofing. According to Underwriters Laboratories (UL) cementitious refers to how the fireproofing is applied (pumped like concrete in a slurry form with air added at the nozzle), not to the product’s ingredients.
Where fireproofing will be subject to air movement, such as in plenums without ducted air return, a sealer is required to prevent air erosion of the fireproofing.
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The SimpleSpecs™ master specs concept
Design professionals are accustomed to seeing lengthy project specifications, so why is SimpleSpecs™ so short?
Specifications have grown evermore wordy over the years for several reasons:
The mistaken belief that specifications must be lengthy and legal-sounding to be enforceable. In fact, quite the opposite is true. Having shorter, easily understood specifications makes us less likely to have problems in the field.
A belief that having lots of words protects us from a Contactor making mistakes. There is no way to include enough statements to protect yourself from a bad contractor, regardless of the length of your specification.
Our desire to be in control of the project by specifying means and methods instead of including simple, enforceable statements.
Easier to Edit
SimpleSpecs™ is written as a series of Microsoft word files that include statements that affect construction costs or overall quality and are far simpler to edit than other master specification systems.
Each SimpleSpecs™ specification section is non-proprietary and includes three manufacturers that meet the specified reference standards, descriptive, or performance-based requirements. They are written to allow any listed manufacturers to provide the specified products.
Hidden Guide Text
Each SimpleSpecs™ specification section includes hidden text to inform and guide users in editing the specifications to suit project conditions.
SimpleSpecs™ sections are edited using pre-defined options that are contained in [brackets] or by selecting optional text separated by "OR" statements. Paragraph and page numbering are included as automatic codes, eliminating the need to renumber when revisions are made manually. Global changes to headers, footer, terms, font colors and phrases are easily updated using a third-party search and replace software, available through ZeroDocs.com.