Fire-Rated Expansion Joints – Employing Best Practices and Avoiding Field Problems

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Live webinar airing on December 15, 2021 at 2:00 PM EST
Sponsored by Inpro
Presented by Ben Stys, Product Manager

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

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.


Photo courtesy of Inpro Corporation


 Ben Stys is the Product Manager for Inpro’s Expansion Joint Systems division.  He has over 15 years of experience in engineering and manufacturing expansion joint cover systems and fire barriers.

For the first nine years of his career at Inpro, Ben worked in the Estimating Department performing takeoffs for expansion joint systems, which allowed him to gain technical proficiency in expansion control, as well as plan and detail reading.  For the last six years, he has worked in product management and enjoys the challenges that are unique to expansion joints. Ben holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.  


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 protection, architectural signage, and commercial window treatments.


Originally published in December 2021