Spotlight on professional firestop installers

STI FSCPlumbers, HVAC contractors, sprinkler contractors, electricians, fire alarm installers, cable installers… What do they all have in common?

In the course of their work, they will probably penetrate fire or smoke rated barriers. In virtually all cases, either the law or union requirements may mandate that they are recognized in some official fashion as the installer responsible for the area of work that they address. Thus they are typically well trained and highly focused.

Such is not the case when it comes to firestopping. No law or legally recognized union requirement ties firestopping to a particular trade. Thus it becomes a virtual free for all. Some trades consider firestopping to be beneath them. Most if required to self-perform simply take the lowest ranking helper, hand him or her a caulk gun and say “Go squirt this in the holes!”

Many times out of ignorance, the wrong products are chosen. A hardening caulk may be installed around low voltage cables that will almost certainly require subsequent changes… a water sensitive product may be installed in areas of high humidity… A joint sealant may be incorrectly installed in a through penetration system… we could go on and on with potential problems.

So, what is the solution?

STI Firestop products/systems + a professional specialty firestop contractor = PIECE/PEACE of mind.

1. A professional firestop installer will allow you to focus on what you do best (PLUMBING, ELECTRIC, MECHANICAL, SPRINKLERS, CURTAIN WALL, ETC.):
2. A professional firestop installer will generally have a better understanding of tested firestop systems;
3. A professional firestop installer will help to ensure one-source continuity and system compatibility for all firestop applications;
4. A professional firestop installer promotes hassle-free inspection by officials who know and trust professional firestop installers;
5. A professional firestop installer provides single contractor accountability for all firestop applications;
6. A professional firestop installer documents all installed firestops, depending on the agreed-to scope of work;
7. A professional firestop installer increases confidence that all firestopping is completed correctly… the first time… no come-backs.

For the past 25 years, Specified Technologies Inc. has worked closely with the construction industry to create simple solutions to complex firestopping problems. STI has been at the forefront of developing the most advanced and cost effective firestop solutions on the market, offering premium quality, superior performance, and best in class service, training and support. STI offers a comprehensive range of product categories designed to address almost any application and backs them with over 1,300 UL® Certified systems – more than any firestop company in the world.

STI is committed to supporting our customers by providing sustainable firestop solutions, management programs for firestop, treating them like partners, and by consistently adding value beyond the sale. You can depend on STI to deliver knowledgeable advice, premium quality products, and the total firestop solution.

STI Firestop has worked with and trained many quality, credible and professional Specialty Firestop Contractors over the past 26 years… Email me today for a recommendation based on your project or scope of work, we can help!

John Zalepka

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Spotlight on Access STI


STI is excited to announce the launch of Access STI.

This integrated web service will give registered users DIRECT ACCESS to STI Firestop information & services all in one place, at the click of a button.

As a registered user, this means one login for all of your job submittals and engineering judgements (EJ’S). You will also be able to upload documents, plans, specs, pictures, etc straight to our Technical Resources Assistance Manager (TRAM), again giving you DIRECT ACCESS to our web-based technical service system & our technical team with over 250 years experience… simply, easily starting the engineering process.

Please try it out for yourself…

… or just message me for a demo andAAEAAQAAAAAAAAhlAAAAJDIxNDFhY2RiLWFhMTEtNGE0Yi04MjU2LWFmZmRkYmJlYWYyZA to be entered for a chance to win a YETI cooler.

Stay cool!

John Zalepka

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They say change is inevitable…

…especially when it comes to technology upgrades & equipment enhancements to your network. Continuous cable changes can turn your fire & smoke barriers into Swiss cheese, and running cables through traditional firestop sleeves is not easy.

EZ path applications

So, what is easy? EZ-Path!

EZ-Path is the only firestop device where you can pull cables through multiple fire-rate barriers at the same time.

Check out this short video to see how STI changed the game again… EZ-Path.

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Spotlight on profits

Head-of-Wall-TTGDoes caulking construction joints suck profits from your bottom line? 

Have you ever said to yourself… there has simply got to be a better way?

TTG is a patented thin profile intumescent cover for gypsum wall framing for tracks, runners and studs that is designed to provide fire, smoke and acoustical ratings for head of wall joints, wall to wall joints and bottom of wall joints between gypsum walls and concrete.
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Spotlight on Maintenance Free

slider_img1STI is pleased to announce that an Evaluation Service Report (ESR) was recently issued by UL for our EZ-Path® Fire-Rated Pathways confirming code compliance with the International Building Code® (IBC), International Fire Code® (IFC), and NFPA 101, “Life Safety Code®” (LSC). The report goes on to confirm that, when properly installed, the device does not require regular maintenance… here is a copy of that report R14579-20160520-Report-Evaluation.

EZ-Path® Rated Pathways are exempt from ongoing maintenance requirements. Because EZ-Path® has no moving parts and requires no action to activate the internal sealing mechanism, it is compliant right out of the box. By contrast, competing devices and traditional sleeves do require ongoing maintenance.

Other than on price, our competitor has been unable to compete against EZ-Path with any meaningful features or benefits, so they have created a smokescreen (pun intended) of propaganda to discredit EZ-Path on YouTube, in jobsite trailers and everywhere they can.

We have taken this threat very seriously and will strike back at their greatest weakness; unlike EZ-Path, the competitor’s Sleeve is NOT “Maintenance Free.”  No other pathway is.

Did you know that you are required, by Code (IFC & NFPA 101 Mandates), to annually inspect and maintain firestop systems?

EZ Path Why Use Anything Else!

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Spotlight on Family & Teamwork

IMG_0759On Thursday, April 28, 2016, millions of workplaces, employees, parents and children celebrated the 23rd year anniversary of the Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work® Day program which encourages girls and boys across the country to dream without gender limitations and to think imaginatively about their family, work and community lives. This national, public education program connects what children learn at school with the actual working world. Children learn that a family-friendly work environment is an employer and family issue and not just a woman’s issue. Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work helps girls and boys across the nation discover the power and possibilities associated with a balanced work and family life (source).


It was the Thursday before Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work® Day, but I had no idea at the time when I picked up a call from my colleague, Mark Izsa who found that he had double-booked himself for the following week was asking if I could cover a presentation/training for him. I apologized and explained that my wife, Courtney would be out of town that day and so I would have to get the kids on the bus… there was simply no way I could get to Queens by 8am.

Later that night at home, I kept going through my mind how I could somehow cover for Mark and still get the kids off to school… when right at that moment my daughter Jacy asked, “Daddy can you take me and Jaxon to work next Thursday?” I replied, “Yes darling, I believe I can.”

I called Mark who loved the idea, but we would first need to check with Amanda at Grainger, who would need to checIMG_0737k with Ernie at St. Albans VA Hospital. Everything checked out and the kids were pumped!

I explained to my daughter and son that this is work and that they were going to have to sit through a 3-hour Firestop Instructional Training (FIT Level 1) course and that there was going to be a test at the end, no kidding.

The following Thursday morning we all woke at the crack of dawn, got dressIMG_1839ed, had a bite to eat and reviewed our PowerPoint. We stopped off at Dunkin Donuts for some treats because David Augello taught me to never show up empty handed. We arrived at the facility, set up our samples and the show was on.

Honestly, the time flew by and I’m not sure who had more fun, me or the kids (see picture ;-). Either way, it was awesome to be able to show them a small part of what Daddy does… and of course spending some extra time with loved ones is an added bonus. However, to be able to do that while at the same time helping out a co-worker in need was absolutely priceless.

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BIM & Firestop Integration


Introducing a powerful new plugin for AutoDesk Revit®. The FCM (Firestop Clash Management) plugin uses clash detection to find locations where penetrants and/or joints meet fire-rated barriers and automatically selects the appropriate firestop systems. It removes the complexity of designing firestop systems and ensures that when it comes time for construction, the systems selected provide the fastest installation and best installed cost. It is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

STI now offers a complete BIM (Building Information Modeling) solution which includes smart BIM objects for our entire product line and the new Firestop Clash Management (FCM) Plugin. The smart BIM objects are individual objects that can be input into a Revit model that represent our products digitally. The objects include devices, collars, and sealants that automatically adapt to the conditions of the model.

Information for all of STI’s BIM offerings can be found on the BIM Resources page (

More in-depth features, including a download link to the installer and an instructional video on using the plugin, can be found on the FCM page (

Shout outs to: David Samuel, Justin Pine, John Graper, Corey Chess, and Jason Nappi for making this all happen.

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