Gas Fireplace Construction & Safety Requirements in Commercial & Residential Design

Sponsored by Ortal USA, Inc.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Comprehend 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.

Credits:

HSW
1 AIA LU/HSW
IACET
0.1 IACET CEU*
AIBD
1 AIBD P-CE
AAA
AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
AANB
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
AAPEI
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
MAA
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
NLAA
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.
NSAA
This course can be self-reported to the NSAA
NWTAA
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
OAA
OAA 1 Learning Hour
SAA
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.

Gas Fireplace

Photo courtesy of Ortal USA

Gas Fireplace Construction & Safety Requirements in Commercial & Residential Design - Credit Noel Kleinman

 

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 www.ortalheat.com.

 

Originally published in August 2021

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