Use this SimpleSpecs™ master specification to specify firestopping penetrations through and perimeter of a fire and smoke-rated assemblies.
Firestopping is used to prevent the passage of fire, smoke, and gasses through fire and smoke-rated assemblies. Firestopping is typically required not only at penetrations but also at the perimeter of the rated assembly.
This section uses a system approach that allows for the use of one or more products depending on the assembly, fire rating, type of penetration, and other factors. There is no single product that will work for all applications. For example, a steel conduit in a gypsum board wall requires a different products than a plastic pipe penetrating the same wall.
Specific types of products should be selected by the manufacturer for each application and indicated on a submittal for the Design Professional’s approval.
To learn more about passive firestop products, visit Wikipedia.
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.