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The importance of AC456 is simple. How is it that Engineering Evaluation Reports, like ICC-ES reports, required spray foam materials to be under a 3rd party quality control mechanism, but the intumescent coatings intended to protect the spray foam had no such requirements?

Through the encouragement of building code officials, architects, and building specifiers, IFTI helped create AC456. They had concerns. How do they know that the thermal barrier coating being used on the job is the same coating used for testing and approval? There was no mechanism in place to provide this security. This is why AC456 was created.

Rest assured, DC315 has been fully tested and AC456 approved. Did you also know that we not only have one, but three Engineering Evaluation Reports? All of this and more is laid out in a previous blog post you can find here. You can also go to our DC315 website to find all the information you need about these approvals and how to use and install DC315.

Intumescent Thermal Barrier Coatings for Sprayfoam and AC456 Requirement

It has come to our attention that many of our coating competitors are actively pursuing business by offering a lower price, promises of AC456 compliance, and general twisting of words and facts including that AC456 is an option and NO BIG DEAL!! At IFTI, AC456 is NOT an option. This post below will convince you that IFTI is doing everything we can to earn AND PROTECT your business.

We believe the way to earn your business is not just by offering competitive pricing, but to ensure peace of mind and confidence that the use of our products will have the full support of building code officials and AHJs reducing liability on all your jobs. This is one of the major benefits of a Code Compliance Evaluation Report. This is why IFTI DC315 has not only proven it meets code through 3rd party audited assembly testing with one Code Compliant Evaluation Report, we’ve tripled that assurance with 3. That’s right, IFTI DC315 now has three Evaluation Reports, ICC-ES ESR-3702, Intertek CCRR-1076 and IAPMO UES ER-0499! Why all three? Because at IFTI, nothing is more important than life safety and protecting you from liability! IFTI had 3 of the leading Code Compliance Evaluation Report issuers review the process to ensure quality and consistency of DC315 and the 100+ laboratory tested and approved assemblies over every major SPF brand. ICC-ES, IAPMO, and Intertek all arrived at the same conclusion, that DC315 meets all applicable IBC and IRC codes, including AC456!!! Let’s talk about AC456.

Most all SPF systems on the market today carry a Code Compliance Evaluation Report based on AC377. The report is a guide to the building code officials and AHJs letting them know the SPF systems are under a 3rd party quality control system and have been 3rd party tested and verified to meet the latest ICC building codes. Until a couple years ago, this same assurance did not exist for the coating used to protect the inhabitants during a fire. Talk about a Life Safety HOLE that needed to be filled. With the help of ICC-ES and the urging of Fire Marshals, Building Code Officials, and AHJs, IFTI spearheaded the creation of AC456, the acceptance criteria that describes how an intumescent thermal barrier coating is to be quality controlled and tested to ensure code compliance. Once drafted, the ICC-ES unanimously passed the new AC456 9-0! Once approved, the industry was given 2 years to comply with AC456 or their intumescent thermal barrier tested assembly listings would be removed from ALL Code Compliance Evaluation Reports, Period!! A simple concept but the testing is not! AC456 requires that the coating USED FOR TESTING must:

  1. Be manufactured in a facility that meets Acceptance Criteria for Quality Documentation (AC10)
  2. Be listed and part of an ongoing 3rd party inspection program that meets Acceptance Criteria for Inspections and Inspection Agencies (AC304)
  3. The testing must be carried out at accredited labs and the test reports must meet Acceptance Criteria for Test Reports (AC85)
  4. The product must also meet tight physical properties testing for solids content, viscosity and weight per gallon to ensure the tested application rate can be met in a repetitive and verifiable manner
  5. The product must be part of an ongoing 3rd party inspection program by an accredited AC85 compliant inspection agency today, tomorrow and as long as the tests remain in place.

Did you know this new criterion takes full effect in September of 2017, less than 90 days away? Also, would you be surprised that DC315 is the only intumescent coating that complies (3 different times we may add)? Makes you wonder what the other manufacturers are hiding? Just review that list above again. Be sure of one thing, Code Officials, Fire Marshals and AHJs will be expecting to see code compliant coating Evaluation Reports listing all approved assemblies.

PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CALL IFTI! We will make ourselves available for online webinars, meetings, or calls with only one purpose in mind, offering you and your interested parties the facts, the truth, and 3rd party independent contacts you can contact to validate everything we say. This is not a game of he said she said, miss direction, and miss leading documents and conversation, this is about life safety, code compliance and reducing liability, period. Thank you for your support. We will continue to do all we can to continue to earn your business and partnership and never stop our testing as we have said since day one, “The Proof is in the Testing.”

IFTI Huge Announcement at Spray Foam 2017 Convention & Expo

IFTI is very excited to announce our new Intertek CCRR-1076 (Code ompliance Research Report) which demonstrates DC315 as a thermal barrier is code compliant with the new AC377 and AC456. It’s the best report ever, it’s true. This is exciting news for IFTI and all spray polyurethane foam manufacturers and contractors because it makes proving code compliance a breeze. This further separates IFTI from their competitors in the amount and depth of approvals. IFTI is literally building a wall between them and their competition, it’s huge.

Please stop by Booth 318 at the Spray Foam 2017 Convention & Expo in Palm Springs, CA Jan 29-February 1 to find out more about this and to learn more about what IFTI has to offer. You will be blown away with how knowledgeable Gary Wolf and Brad Glazier are about their products. IFTI has the best employees.

IFTI not only manufacture the most widely tested and approved intumescent coating over spray polyurethane foam, but IFTI also manufactures a complete line of the Firestop systems. IFTI is your one source for intumescent and fire stop protection and we continue to stand by our mantra of The Proof is in the Testing – we don’t claim it unless we’ve proved it. Our mantra is the best mantra, it’s true.


Enter the #ShowYourDC315 Photo Contest and Win $250

Who wants to win big money? IFTI, supplier of DC315 intumescent and thermal barrier coating for spay polyurethane foam, is running a good old fashion photo contest called #ShowYourDC315 starting today, Monday, September 12. We’re playing for big cash prizes of $250, $175, or $75? Want to win? Here’s how to play. Continue reading “Enter the #ShowYourDC315 Photo Contest and Win $250”

Thanks to Stony Creek Services for the Excellent Feedback

We received some amazing feedback from Bill Gibson of Stony Creek Services the other day. We wanted to share and say thanks to Mr. Gibson and Stony Creek Services. It was a pleasure working with you and always glad to help. Continue reading “Thanks to Stony Creek Services for the Excellent Feedback”

IFTI’s Development of AC456 Featured in SprayFoam Magazine

IFTI was recently featured in SprayFoam Magazine’s July/August 2016 publication for their work in development of AC456. See the article below!

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It didn’t take long for IFTI to realize that their thermal and ignition barrier coating need to be under the same quality control mechanisms as the spray polyurethane foam (SPF) they were being tasked to protect. Why was it mandatory that the SPF was under a third party quality control system while the intumescent coatings protecting the SPF where not?

IFTI stepped up and created AC456 with ICC-ES and was the first intumescent coating company to qualify their product obtaining ES-3702.

Check out the article for the entire story.

IFTI’s DC315 Obtains Canadian Approval with New Evaluation Report CCMC 14036-R

DC315 has Canadian approval with the new Evaluation Report CCMC (Canadian Construction Materials Centre) 14036-R as a thermal barrier over SPF (spray polyurethane foam) insulation. This is a huge step for IFTI (International Fireproof Technology, Inc.) further proving that they have the most tested and qualified intumescent thermal barrier product on the market. Continue reading “IFTI’s DC315 Obtains Canadian Approval with New Evaluation Report CCMC 14036-R”

IFTI’s ProTips for Installing Intumescent Coatings Efficiently and Accurately

Want some tips on how to save some time and money when installing DC315 intumescent coating over spray polyurethane foam (sprayfoam or SPF) insulation? A few weeks ago, we finished a Twitter campaign laying out our list of ProTips that are sure to save you money. We’ve laid them all out here below in case you missed them. Please follow us on Twitter so you don’t miss what’s next from IFTI. Continue reading “IFTI’s ProTips for Installing Intumescent Coatings Efficiently and Accurately”

Importance of Mixing DC315

DC315 must be thoroughly mixed before application. Failure to do so will seriously compromise the coating’s ability to perform. Unlike paint you grab from a home improvement store, DC315 does not appear unmixed, like the picture above, when you open the pail. An improperly mixed pail of DC315 is a problem because the components are not evenly dispersed, the viscosity will be incorrect and there may be lumps present. Let’s look at each of these and discuss why they can be a problem. Continue reading “Importance of Mixing DC315”

DC315 ICC-ES ESR-3702 and CCRR 10215 Verify that DC315 is Compliant to Current IBC and IRC Codes!

IFTI is AC456 and AC377 compliant and meets the applicable codes for “Alternative Thermal Barrier Assembly Testing” defined in both the IBC & IRC codebooks. The DC315 ESR-3702 and the CCRR 10215 reports are all you need to demonstrate this. ALL testing completed by IFTI with spray polyurethane foam (SPF) manufacturers IS COMPLIANT to all current and upcoming codes. SPF – DC315 assembly testing does NOT have to be listed on IFTI’s ES Report 3702, as the tested assembly is already listed on the sprayfoam manufacturer’s evaluation report. The two that are showing are reference listings as a requirement of ICC and were chosen randomly.


The benefits of using a coating, like DC315, that carries a compliant ICC-ES and CCRR Evaluation Report are numerous, but three key reasons to use DC315:

Continue reading “DC315 ICC-ES ESR-3702 and CCRR 10215 Verify that DC315 is Compliant to Current IBC and IRC Codes!”