In early 2016, the ICC Board of Directors approved the creation of an ad hoc committee to explore the building science of tall wood buildings with the scope being to investigate the feasibility of and take action to develop code changes for tall wood buildings. Since that time, the Tall Wood Building (TWB) Ad Hoc Committee has reviewed voluminous materials regarding tall wood buildings, including results of various testing around the world, as well as studies domestically in support of the TWB charge to conduct a thorough review of the science of tall wood. The TWB developed its own test scenario(s) to substantiate any code change proposals (testing was carried out at ATF labs); and worked to develop a comprehensive set of technically-substantiated code changes for consideration during the 2018 Group A code development process. The intensive research performed by the Committee was submitted under the ICC Code Development Process, along with the resulting proposals developed by Committee consensus. All of the Group A TWB proposals have been approved. The TWB has also developed a set of Group B proposals, submitted in January 2019.
An exploration of the intersection of four codes and standards: The Elevator Code (ASME A17.1), the Building Code (IBC), NFPA 13, and NFPA 72, this presentation will go through the requirements of each as it relates to when to provide sprinklers and detection, and when to omit them, and go through the commentary to explain the reasoning behind the requirements. With four different codes and standards to coordinate, what could go wrong?! Joe has 10 years of experience in fire protection engineering, and has been involved in SFPE for much of that time. Prior to that he graduated from VCU with a degree in mechanical engineering at VCU and had no idea what fire protection engineering was. Joe enjoys playing music, golf, and overly-complicated board games.
Fire-resistance-rated construction is one form of fire protection in building design and is often referred to as “passive protection.” Fire-resistance-rated building elements provide “passive” resistance to the advance of fire, as opposed to “active” fire protection systems, such as automatic sprinkler systems, which actively attempt to suppress a fire. Chapter 7 provides detailed requirements for this “passive” approach. This presentation will explore how various elements are constructed and how openings and penetrations are protected.
Automated storage retrieval systems using robots powered by batteries that pull orders from tightly spaced bins limit the flue spaces and aisles that fire protection engineers are accustom to. Even though sprinkler operations can be satisfactory, final extinguishment by firefighters has proven to be difficult. Some public fire brigades have stated that they will not attempt to fight such a fire unless people are trapped in the building. These fires can be fought successfully, but they require planning. The presenter has fought such a fire as a firefighter and has also been part of numerous full-scale fire tests at UL. Insights and lessons learned will be presented.
A seminar presenting the key test standards related to firestopping in applicable codes, the variables that affect firestop performance, and the secondary attributes of firestop products. How to improve your specifications, drawings and details to promote proper selection and quality installation of firestop systems. Jason is the dedicated technical representative for Hilti in the state of Virginia. He provides technical support on applications relating to anchoring/fastening, firestop, and installation (strut) systems, and consultative services regarding Building Codes, ASTM/UL Test Standards, UL Firestop Systems & Assemblies, Engineering Judgments, and specification & plan review.
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HCT’s F-500 Encapsulator Agent’s engineered advantage is based on the high performance, three-dimensional firefighting capabilities of micelle encapsulation. This combination of attributes provides for quick knockdown and rapid heat reduction, providing permanent burnback resistance. F-500 encapsulates hydrocarbon liquids and vapors rendering fuel non-flammable and non-ignitable while interrupting free radical coalescence, inhibiting the formation of toxic soot and smoke. All of this leads to enhanced firefighting performance with increased life safety and reduced property damage while minimizing water use and the subsequent water damage and runoff.
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Encapsulator Technology Specialist
Hazard Control Technologies, Inc.
NFPA 13 and FM Global Loss Prevention Data Sheet 2-0 provide guidance on how to install Control Mode sprinklers in the presence of obstructed ceiling construction, but the installation guidelines for Suppression Mode sprinklers in the presence of obstructed ceiling construction is much more stringent. Historically there has been very little test data or modeling analysis to support the installation guidelines currently available for Suppression Mode sprinklers protecting a storage environment. This presentation will discuss the current installation guidelines for sprinklers protecting storage in the presence of obstructed ceiling construction, recent numerical computer modeling conducted by FM Global to investigate the principal effects of obstructed ceiling construction on sprinkler activation, as well as large-scale fire testing that was conducted by FM Global based on the results obtained through computer modeling. Wes is a member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers and an NFPA member serving on both the NFPA 13 Installation and NFPA 13 Discharge committees. Wes has been with FM Global for over 33 years and is currently responsible for data sheets related to the protection of storage, as well as the installation guidelines for sprinklers that are used for storage protection.
Spill containment and removal system delivering a completely new and safe way to store any ignitable liquid in totes or drums, allowing spilled liquids to be safely removed to an external containment tank through an integrated flushing and suction system. Go to http://www.safespillsystems.com/spill-and-fire-tests to learn more.
Nick Johnson is a research engineer in 3M™ Company’s Electronic Material Solutions Division, working the fluoro-chemicals lab. He provides technical support for Novec™ 1230 and is directly involved in new fire protection applications as well as vetting of new novel fluids with potential as future fire suppression agents. Over the past five years, Nick’s research has been focused on thermal management of lithium ion batteries and mitigating the potential of cascading thermal runaway within such batteries. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of St. Thomas and is an alternate on the developing NFPA 855: Standard for the Installation of Stationary Energy Storage Systems and a liaison member of SAE G27: Lithium Battery Packaging Performance.
In my 20 plus years of inspecting and testing fire pumps, you always think - Well I have seen it all now. Only to find you have not seen it all. We will go over a few of the more strange fire pump applications and the impact they could have on the system. The fire pump is the heart of the sprinkler system. Without it, it’s like our bodies - the rest of the system won't work.
An overview of the different types of foams, foam delivery systems, key required equipment, and the applications for each type of foam suppression system.
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.
An environmentally friendly way to reduce fire, smoke and water damage with minimal business interruption.
This summer and Fall Viking has released several new sprinkler heads along with the new Vactec system with Fire Flex. This is the first vacuum style dry valve listed for fire protection. We will also be introducing some new products this fall for our special hazards division as well with more sprinkler heads.
Introduction to special effects used during theatrical performances and before a proximate audience. A brief description of special effects types and an overview of product design, set-up and safety aspects will be provided. Steven currently serves as the Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office Compliance Officer. He is responsible for Special Operations of the SFMO. One major component of Special Operations is the explosives enforcement program. He has worked in emergency services for over 26 years. and served in a fire marshal role for 18 of the 26 years.
The presentation will cover an overview of the different types of ASRS systems, the research project on mini-load systems, and a preview of what changes are coming in the revised FM Global Data Sheet 8-34, Protection for Automatic Storage and Retrieval Systems, which will be released in July.
This is a joint meeting with local chapter of American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) The menu will be Beef Stroganoff, Green Beans, Salad, Rolls and Butter, and a dessert plate.
Lieutenant Brian Dalrymple has been with the Richmond Fire Department since 2002 and in the fire service since 1998. During his career with the RFD, Brian worked as a firefighter and company officer in several of the department’s specialized rescue teams as well as training incumbent firefighters in the department’s training division. He became a member of the department’s Fire and Arson Investigations Unit in 2014 after completing the Virginia Law Enforcement Academy. Lt. Dalrymple and K9 Pearl became partners in 2015 when they trained together for 5 weeks in Maine under the direction of Maine Specialty Dogs and certified under the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.
The presentation will cover six major warehouse fires where excessive ventilation contributed to a total or near-total loss by causing the fire to accelerate rapidly. It will cover techniques to accomplish the objectives of ventilation without risking rapid fire growth.
NFPA 13D, NFA 13R and Light Hazard occupancy protection. Focusing on CPVC compatibility and new residential sprinkler head technology.
A new NFPA committee is exploring creation of codes and standards for buildings and facilities with high occupancy loads.