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Online Seminar: Smoke Control Essentials

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All live sessions have been recorded and are available to current registrants until April 11, 2022.

Course Dates:
Day 1 – Tuesday, February 15
Day 2 – Thursday, February 17
Day 3 – Tuesday, March 1
Day 4 – Thursday, March 3
Day 5 – Tuesday, March 8

11 AM - 2 PM EST (-5 UTC)

Office hours: Thu, Feb 24, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. EST

All live instructor-led sessions are recorded and provided to the attendees in the course. If you are unable to watch the live session, you will be able to go back and watch the recorded sessions up to 1 year after the last session. Once you complete all of the course content, survey, and quiz, we will provide you your PDH certificate.

Course Description

Smoke control is an essential part of many effective and innovative fire strategies for buildings and structures worldwide. Through case studies, interactive lectures, and small teams working through practical examples, this course provides the fundamentals concepts and principles needed to design state-of-the-art systems effectively – the focus is on practical design. Topics include smoke control design strategies and analysis techniques for stairwell pressurization, elevator smoke control, zoned smoke control, and atria and large spaces systems.

Learning Outcomes
After completing this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe basic fire dynamics and other factors that influence smoke movement
  • Describe the four basic smoke control methods, understand key design considerations for these very different methods, and understand where and how to apply each method
  • Understand the basic code requirements for high-rise buildings, atrium spaces, covered malls, and underground structures
  • Apply smoke control principles to develop conceptual pressurization systems designs (stair pressurization, elevator pressurization, and zoned systems)
  • Apply smoke control principles to develop conceptual designs for Atrium and other large spaces
  • Understand basics principles of systems controls, system testing, integrated testing, and special inspection
Course Modules
Module 1: Introductions & Fundamentals
Module 2: Pressurization Systems
Module 3: Exhaust and Velocity Systems
Module 4: Controls, Integration, and Testing
Module 5: Atrium Practical Example

Jeffrey Tubbs, PE, FSFPE
Jim Quiter, PE, FSFPE
Emily Brecher, PE


The course has been developed for engineers, designers, inspectors, and plans reviewers that develop, review, commission or approve smoke control systems. Beginner and seasoned professionals will benefit from the depth and breadth of this course.

CONTAM Download:

Handbook of Smoke Control Engineering (ASHRAE, 2012) (Required)
NFPA 92: Standard for Smoke Control Systems (NFPA, 2018)
International Building Code, (ICC, 2018)

Course Assessment
Participants will be assessed via a written test upon completion of the course. A passing score of 70% and a completed survey will be required to obtain a Certificate of Completion.

Professional Development Hours
Participants will receive 15 PDH Credits and a Certificate of Attendance will be awarded after completing all of the course content, survey, and quiz.

Questions? Please contact

SFPE Members: $699.00
SFPE Non-members: $899.00

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