Firestopping Basics for Combustible Pipes

Recorded On: 10/12/2023

This presentation will explain key firestopping considerations for combustible thermoplastic piping systems. It will cover the common materials found in the industry as well as the different outside diameters, wall thickness, burning properties, vented versus closed piping systems, and codes & standards that affect the type of firestopping needed to ensure necessary fire ratings are met and building occupants are kept safe.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course learners will be able to:

  • Understand the different thermoplastic materials, sizes, thicknesses, and burning characteristics and how that will effect the type of firestop needed.
  • Understand key code requirements for MEP penetrations
  • Understand how plastic pipe penetrations are fire tested and rated and the latest solutions for firestopping these conditions.

This webinar is free for ASPE members due to the generous sponsorship of IPEX


Steven Dolejsi

Applications Engineering Manager


Steven Dolejsi is the Applications Engineering Manager at IPEX. Steven is a P.Eng with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Ryerson University in Toronto and over 17 years of experience in thermoplastic piping systems used in commercial, mechanical, and industrial applications. Steven devotes much of his time to educating key industry stakeholders on thermoplastics used for piping systems, advancing codes and standards for thermoplastics, participating in industry associations, and analyzing field issues and failures to better understand real world issues and how to address them.

Keith Sanford

Senior Field Engineer

Specified Technologies Inc

Keith Sanford is a Senior Field Engineer with Specified Technologies Inc. (STI) who works primarily with design professionals to make the specification of firestopping easier and code-compliant and reduce clients’ liability through education and consulting. 

Keith is a PE (Professional Engineer) who believes in the importance of firestopping, a belief that solidified after a personal experience during the legal aftermath of a major fire. 

For over 30 years, he has worked for two of the largest firestop manufacturers in the world, both domestically and abroad, in positions including sales, field engineer, technical service manager, product manager, global marketing manager, and director of business development. These roles took him throughout the US and Canada, Europe, Australia, the Middle East, India, and the Pacific Rim. 

Keith holds a degree in Civil Engineering from Valparaiso University and an MBA from the Meinders School of Business at Oklahoma City University. He was a founding member of IFC (International Firestop Council) and served 2 years as President. He is a member of CSI and achieved both CDT and CCPR certifications


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