The purpose of the International Certification Board (ICB) is to direct a comprehensive set of certification programs to assure customers of the sheet metal industry of the quality advantages of utilizing persons or entities certified by the ICB.

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For Building Owners/Managers

How do you know that your building’s fire and smoke dampers were really inspected?

ICB maintains the integrity of its certification program by:

  • The International Fire Code is in use or adopted in 43 states. (The other seven states may have codes that are even more stringent.)
  • The Code states that fire dampers shall be maintained according to NFPA 80 and smoke dampers shall be maintained according to NFPA 105
  • Both standards mandate that dampers be inspected and tested one year after installation and every four years after that (every six years for hospitals).
  • Testing requires hands-on verification that the dampers are operating properly, which includes code-compliant access to the damper itself
  • As a building owner, you are responsible for having these inspections performed according to Code
  • The successful operations of fire life safety building systems may mean the difference between a nuisance fire and an uncontrollable catastrophe
  • Failure to comply with Code could void your insurance policy and leave you vulnerable to criminal violations, lawsuits and financial loss

ICB-certified HVAC Fire Life Safety contractors, technicians and supervisors have the credentials to show they are the best to inspect, test, maintain and repair fire and smoke dampers according to Code.

In addition, as your occupants’ demands for improved performance of buildings and their systems have intensified, so have the needs for highly-trained ICB professionals who can provide reliable testing, adjusting and balancing of HVAC systems. When your HVAC systems are functioning properly, it leads to a building that is both energy-efficient and occupant-friendly. And that means a safe, secure and healthy environment, as well as enhanced well-being and performance. This helps define a truly high-performance building where tenant satisfaction and occupancy rates remain high, which has an immediate and long-term positive impact on your bottom line.