How SunLit™ Roof Hatches and Smoke Vents Influence Indoor Air Quality

SunLit Roof HatchNystrom has long been an industry leader in manufacturing roof hatches and smoke vents. Over the past two decades the installation of glazed roof hatches and smoke vents has grown in popularity. This is due in part to green efforts Continue reading

Fire-Rated Floor Doors and Access Doors

Equipment Room FireAs early as 1897 the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) has been addressing fire life and safety concerns. Currently, NFPA 80 is the standard for fire doors and other opening protectives. Chapter 16 of NFPA 80 is designated for access doors in both horizontal and vertical applications in fire-rated walls, floors, and floor-ceiling or roof-ceiling assemblies (NFPA, 2019, pg. 36). This article addresses common uses, styles and specification tips for fire-rated floor doors and access doors.   Continue reading

Understanding Fire Extinguishers, their Classifications and Operation

Whether at home, in the car, boat, work or school, you’ll find fire extinguishers everywhere; and with good reason. NFPA 10 indicates that the maximum travel distance to an extinguisher is 75 feet in a commercial building. Knowing how to select the appropriate extinguisher is critical. Continue reading

National Fire Protection Month

national-fire-prevention-awareness-month_2018Monday marked the beginning of National Fire Prevention Month. Every October local fire stations and other fire protection and prevention agencies campaign safety, security and safe egress in the event of a fire. Dennis Hunsinger, former Regional Director of FEMA said “Annual Observances like National Fire Prevention Week and National Fire Prevention Month are excellent opportunities to focus on fire hazards – but we should all practice fire safety every day – Continue reading

Open for Business During Renovations

Open for ConstructionYou see it all the time… schools, hospitals, restaurants, office buildings and manufacturing plants are kept open during renovation. Why? Because it’s not feasible to shut down for months at a time. Whether this is a small repair or a building addition, this is a concern for all facilities managers and building owners. Continue reading

The Importance of Building Product Manufacturers Participation in Industry Trade Organizations

Sandy CSI Board 2018 Awards Night
CSI-MSP 2018 Awards Banquet, Courtesy CSI-MSP

For over 250 years, trade associations have contributed to commerce in the United States. Since the first established group, the Chamber of Commerce of the State of New York, associations have changed and morphed to meet market demands such as the need for information, technology, and statistics on labor and productivity. Today’s trade associations generally focus on collaboration between companies, but also participate in public relations activities such as advertising, education, lobbying and publishing. Continue reading