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Online Seminar: Fire and Life Safety Design of Very Tall Buildings: Challenges and Strategies

This seminar will explore a wide range of fire and life safety challenges associated with very tall buildings and strategies to address them.

To enhance learning, attendees will review simple, qualitative hazard, risk or reliability analyses, fire and life safety strategy development for representative building configurations and fire scenarios, and fire safety management and evacuation planning exercises. Due to time constraints, there will be no quantitative or computational analyses. The topics and sequence will generally follow those embodied in the SFPE Engineering Guide: Fire Safety for Very Tall Buildings. Content includes an overview of fire events in tall buildings, addressing building envelope concerns, highlighting unique characteristics for very tall buildings, and lessons learned. Emerging trends in very tall building design, which may have implications for fire and life safety performance, will be discussed.

It is appropriate for persons with diverse backgrounds and responsibilities associated with very tall buildings, including engineers, architects, insurers, fire safety managers, fire service personnel and others involved with fire and life safety design and management.

This is not an engineering analysis and design seminar.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this seminar, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify applicable requirements that impact very tall buildings globally
  • Identify the potential impacts of new and emerging technologies and design features on fire and life safety performance in very tall buildings (including energy storage systems)
  • Explain how hazard, risk and reliability analysis can help identify and assess scenarios of concern and potential mitigation options
  • Explain the roles that occupant risk perception and situation awareness might have on the selection and operation of defend in place and evacuation strategies
  • Distinguish the impact of building design decisions on factors such as smoke control, fire spread and structural fire resiliency
  • Understand systems reliability and robustness issues
  • Understand unique features to very tall buildings

Course Delivery
Dates: July 25-28, 2022
Days: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
Time: 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM EST (UTC -4)

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

Carl F. Baldassarra, PE, FSFPE
Jeffrey E. Harper, PE, FSFPE

SFPE Engineering Guide for Fire Safety for Very Tall Buildings (2021) (Recommended)
Attendees will be asked to participate in exercises and encouraged to share experiences with fire and life safety issues and strategies in very tall buildings.

Course Assessment
Participants will be assessed via a written test. A passing score of 70% will be required to obtain a Certificate of Completion.

Professional Development Credit:
7 PDH Credits

Members: $399.00
Non-members: $524.00*

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