Welcome to the Central Virginia Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers!
The mission of the international Society of Fire Protection Engineers is “to define, develop, and advance the use of engineering best practices; expand the scientific and technical knowledge base; and educate the global fire safety community, in order to reduce fire risk.”
Our chapter supports this mission by providing educational, networking, and social opportunities for individuals working in or interested in fields related to fire protection. We hold monthly meetings in Richmond, VA from September through May, except for December. The meeting format is typically a 1 hour educational seminar, followed by a meal and social.
Like other fire resistance rated construction materials under the purview of the U.S. system of codes and standards, fire doors have more than a century’s worth of testing experience published in the various listing directories made available for reference in project specifications. This testing and listing experience provides a level of confidence for door manufacturers, insurance underwriters, design professionals and approving governmental authorities that a particular door assembly has undergone stringent testing protocol, and that it can be expected to curtail losses associated with a given building fire event. By looking at the historic development of building codes and test standards related to this specific component, it is helpful to determine what has shaped the current fire door industry and better evaluate future trends in listing and labeling provisions including the increasing use of field-labeling for existing applications. This is a great challenge of compliance that Facility Managers, and Authorities Having Jurisdiction are now facing.