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Exploring Fire Risk in Building Facades - More than Skin Deep

The recent high profile façade fire events in tall buildings in London and Dubai have sparked a renewed focus within the design community on demystifying best practices involving the complex relationship between life safety codes, fire risk and combustible materials used in design of facade assemblies.
To meet this demand, beginning in 2018, the Boston Society of Architects, Building Enclosure Council is sponsoring a two part panel discussion educational series on the relationship of fire risk and building façade design.
In this series, you will learn about the science of fire propagation within facades and the myriad code required fire tests used to evaluate combustible materials and assemblies, the logistics required by manufacturers to demonstrate conformance with fire tests, and the disposition of building code officials on project specific fire tests and engineering judgements involving NFPA 285 assembly tests. You will also learn about new efforts initiated by manufacturers to assemble and publish assembly fire test data in a central repository and new test methods initiated by insurance stakeholders to more accurately determine fire risk of materials.
This exciting new series brings together key disciplines involved in the design and execution of building facades including Architects, Fire Protection Engineers, Building Code Officials, Contractors and Manufacturers in what will be a lively and informative discussions.

Panel 1: Evaluating Combustible Assemblies in High Rise Facades
Moderator: Maria Mulligan AIA, LEED AP with Wiss Janney Elstner Associates, Inc.
• Basics of High Rise Fires: Nicholas Ozog PE, Fire Protection Engineer with Wiss Janney Elstner Associates, Inc.
• Evaluating Combustible Materials from Manufacturer Perspective: Andrew Wilson, Kingspan Kooltherm/Optim-R Product Manager
• Code Enforcement Perspective: Jennifer L. Hoyt PE, Chief Fire Protection Engineer, Massachusetts Division of Fire Safety
• Insurance & Testing Perspective: John C. Harrington, Assistant Vice President with Factory Mutual Engineering Standards Department

For those who qualify, 1.5 LU/HSWs are available.