The building envelope serves a critical role in mitigating the hazards of uncontrolled fire spreading through a building and threatening the safety of occupants. To address this fire risk, the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) has developed a landmark fire standard (NFPA 285 “Standard Fire Test Method for Evaluation if Fire Propagation Characteristics of Exterior Wall Assemblies Containing Combustible Components”) which is now incorporated into fire safety codes and regulations across North America. To help building design and facility management professionals understand the value of this important fire standard, this webinar provides a straightforward and understandable approach to achieving and maintaining NFPA 285-compliant buildings. The webinar starts with a brief review of major building fires across the world, identifying the potential underlying causes of these conflagrations. Next, the webinar offers a detailed review of the critical requirements of the NFPA 285 standard and how these requirements may affect the design, construction, and maintenance of buildings. Finally, the webinar provides a step-by-step checklist for the building professional to follow when designing or managing commercial buildings for NFPA 285 compliance.
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Review how uncontrolled building fires may threaten the health and safety of occupants; and identify the potential underlying causes of these fires
Identify how the NFPA 285 fire test standard may reduce building fire risks and improve the health, safety, and welfare of building occupants
Determine the building code requirements for exterior walls that assure fire safety and identify the options for assuring compliance with these code requirements for the welfare of the community
Develop a plan for the evaluation of building exterior walls that can be used to assure fire safety prior to, during, and after building construction
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Presenter: James Hoff
Jim Hoff is an experienced executive and consultant in the building materials industry. Jim currently serves as President of TEGNOS Research, Inc. a consulting organization dedicated to expanding understanding of the building envelope. Since the founding of TEGNOS, Dr. Hoff has provided a wide variety of strategic and technical consulting services to dozens of governmental, non-profit and corporate organizations, and recent clients have included the U.S. Department of Energy, the U. S. EPA, building material trade associations, building materials manufacturers, building envelope designers and private equity firms.
In addition to his industry research and consulting activity, Dr. Hoff also serves as the instructor for the successful "Commercial Roofing Boot Camp" course co-sponsored by Building Envelope Magazine. Jim has published numerous papers addressing a variety of technical and business topics germane to the building envelope industry and is a frequent speaker at building envelope, sustainability, and energy efficiency conferences.
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