Gas Fireplace Construction & Safety Requirements in Commercial & Residential Design

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Webinar On-Demand
Sponsored by Ortal USA
Presented by Gina Almaguer and Ashley Messersmith

Learning Objectives:

  1. Assess and apply the safety clearances, venting, and framing requirements for both contemporary and traditional designs.
  2. Distinguish the environmental and efficiency benefits of a direct vent gas fireplace with the added safety of cool wall technology vs. a traditional wood burning and/or open faced fireplace.
  3. Design details that will allow the installed fireplaces to perform as intended by the manufacturer and as desired for the project owner.
  4. Recognize and understand the differences between double glass and screen safety barriers.


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 course provides information about contemporary direct-vent gas fireplaces, the different styles available, and the construction and safety requirements for incorporating them into a design project. Information is presented in a format that begins with the various fireplace models and continues through the product specifications, safety clearances, efficiency benefits, installation and design requirements including drawing details and sample applications. This presentation includes slides that follow through the design and building stages in the order that a typical project would progress, allowing the architect and design professional to take a lead role in the successful design and installation of this element in the construction project.


Photo courtesy of Ortal USA


 Gina Almaguer, has been an experienced marketing professional in the interiors and home design space for over a decade. She started as a CAD designer in the custom cushion and umbrella industry for some of the leading, high-end furniture designers in the industry. Shifting her focus to marketing over the years has allowed her to channel her roots in art and music to implement creative, out of the box strategies to design professionals, retailers and luxury homeowners. Before joining Ortal for luxury fireplaces, Gina was working closely with designers and landscape architects in hardscape materials, aiding in design, product recommendations and assisting with technical support.


 Ashley Messersmith, while new to the fireplace industry, Ashley is no stranger to the world of architecture and construction management. With a certification in Construction Management from UCLA and experienced 3D modeler, Ashley has roots in the theme park design. As an Architecture & Design Consultant for Ortal, she is a key resource to architects and design professionals for their fireplace projects, from product research to redlining drawings through post-installation support.


Ortal USA, Inc. Redesigning fire for more than 30 years, Ortal is the world’s premier designer and builder of high-quality contemporary frameless gas fireplaces. Ortal leads with meticulous attention to aesthetics and to developing exclusive fire technologies. Ortal fireplaces meet the most stringent requirements of architects, designers, builders, and home and business owners. Ortal has built its reputation on uncompromising quality of materials, finish, safety standards, ease of installation, selection, and end-to-end service. For more information, please visit


Originally published in June 2022