Fire-Rated Expansion Joints: Employing Best Practices + Avoiding Field Problems

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Webinar On-Demand
Sponsored by Inpro
Presented by Matthew Fisher

Learning Objectives:

  1. Obtain a high-level understanding of fire barriers as related to expansion joint systems.
  2. Review standard industry fire barrier types, ratings and testing protocols.
  3. Identify proper barrier detailing of common building conditions.
  4. Distinguish consistent fire barrier installations from those that leave the building vulnerable.


AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.
This course can be self-reported to the NSAA
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
OAA 1 Learning Hour
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.
This course is approved as a Structured Course
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
Approved for structured learning
Approved for Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA
Course may qualify for Learning Hours with NWTAA
Course eligible for OAA Learning Hours
This course is approved as a core course
This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia
This test is no longer available for credit

There is more to an expansion joint system than just the frame and covers. This AIA CES program deals with the life safety specifics of fire barriers, industry standards and testing. In addition, it covers installation concerns, proper detailing of fire barriers, and the current state of joint system verification. The goal is to limit liability and make sure your building and its occupants are not vulnerable to the hazards of fire, smoke and heat transfer.

Fire Rated Joints

Photo courtesy of Inpro


Matthew Fisher is the senior product manager for JointMaster® Expansion Joint Systems, a division of Inpro®. He has 20 years of experience in architecture, construction management, and building materials management. Trained and serving six years in practice as an architect, Matthew knows the design process and the importance of design intent. His seven years in construction management gave him a depth of expertise and understanding of the rigors and pressures of building projects on time and on budget. Matthew has been the product manager for JointMaster for the past six years, and he enjoys the ability to continue his learning by working with architects and contractors in the field. Matthew holds a Bachelor of Arts in architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is a certified LEED Accredited Professional and Construction Document Technologist.


Inpro Founded in 1979, Inpro® is a global provider of high-performance, design-forward architectural products for building professionals.

Inpro's product categories include door + wall protection, washrooms, expansion joint systems, privacy, elevator interiors, architectural signage, and commercial window treatments.


Originally published in January 2021