Definitions

ANSI (American National Standards Institute) – A private, nonprofit organization that has overseen the development of voluntary consensus standards for products, services, processes, systems and personnel in the U.S. for nearly a century. Organizations designated to display the ANSI seal must continuously maintain benchmark performance criteria and quality levels stipulated by the institute as well as national and international standards.


ANSI Accreditation – One of ANSI’s important functions is accreditation, the procedure by which an authoritative body gives formal recognition that a body or person is competent to carry out specific tasks (as defined in ISO/IEC Guide 2:1996). ANSI accredits standards developers, certification bodies and technical advisory groups (TAGs) the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).


ICB-certified Fire and Smoke Damper Professionals – Those who have demonstrated possession of knowledge and skills required for the inspection and maintenance of fire and smoke dampers in HVAC systems.


ICB-certified Smoke Control Systems Professionals – Those who have demonstrated possession of the knowledge and skills required to inspect and test smoke management and stairway pressurization systems.


Fire Dampers – Fire protection equipment used in heating, ventilation and air conditioning ducts to prevent the spread of fire inside the ductwork.


HVAC – Heating, ventilation and air conditioning


HVAC Fire Life Safety – Heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems which are part of the fire life safety systems of a building, including fire and smoke dampers and smoke control systems.


HVAC Fire Life Safety Professionals – Those who take HVAC Fire Life Safety courses and pass a series of exams become ICB-certified HVAC Fire and Smoke Damper (FSD) Technicians, Supervisors or Contractors, and/or Smoke Control Systems Technicians, Supervisors or Contractors.


ICB (International Certification Board) – The mission of the ICB is to direct and implement 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. The ICB is the industry leader in HVAC fire and smoke damper and smoke control systems certifications. ICB certification is a statement that the technician, supervisor and contractor demonstrate the highest level of professional expertise.


ISO Standard 17024 – ANSI accreditation number providing an international benchmark for personnel certification programs to ensure that they operate in a consistent, comparable and reliable manner.


NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) – International, nonprofit organization established in 1896 devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. NFPA delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering its mission.


Smoke Dampers – Smoke protection equipment designed to keep fumes, carbon monoxide and other toxins safely confined to smaller spaces.

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