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Complying with Fire and Building Codes

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

Presented by Justin Biller, P.E., MCP, CFPS, CLSS-HC

Fire Protection and Life Safety Design

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Applicable codes
• International Fire Code
• National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) codes • Georgia building codes
• Local ordinances

Scope and purpose of codes and ordinances
Special occupancies: health care facilities and others

Occupancy Classifications

General requirements and criteria
• Change of use and /or change of occupancy • Hazard classifications

Life safety issues
Design specifications and scenarios Evaluation and documentation

Means of Egress

Exit access, discharge and other components • Impediments to egress

Calculating and determining occupant loads • Gross vs. net

Arrangement of exits Equivalency discussion Case studies

Fire Protection Features and Equipment

Walls, signage
Fire detection, alarm and communication systems Sprinkler systems

Seminar Information

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 PDHs to Georgia professional engineers and 6.5 Public Protection PDUs to Georgia architects. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Georgia.

This seminar is approved by the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System for 6.5 LU|HSW (Provider
No. J885). Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/ CES. Visit www.halfmoonseminars.org for complete AIA/CES information under this course listing.

Architects and engineers seeking continuing education credit in other states will be able to apply the hours earned at this seminar, in many cases. Refer to specific state continuing education rules to determine eligibility.

The International Code Council has approved this event for .65 CEUs in the specialty area of Fire.

This course offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to construction contractors. It has not been approved by any state contractor licensing entity.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates
will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.

Embassy Suites – Galleria

2815 Akers Mill Road SE Atlanta, GA 30339 (770) 984-9300

Tuition
$289 for individual registration
$269 for three or more registrations.
Included with your registration: Complimentary continental breakfast and printed seminar manual.

Receive a reduced tuition rate of $101 by registering to be our on-site coordinator for the day. For availability and job description, please visit www.halfmoonseminars.org.

How to Register

• Visit us online at www.halfmoonseminars.org
• Mail-in or fax the attached form to 715-835-6066 • Call customer service at 715-835-5900

Cancellations: Cancel at least 48 hours before the start of the seminar, and receive a full tuition refund, minus a $39 service charge for each registrant. Cancellations within 48 hours will receive a credit toward another seminar or the self-study package. You may also send another person to take your place

Hospital Fire Alarm System Analysis & Design – A Case Study

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

When: 07 Oct 2019 11:30 AM, EDT
Where: Dilworth Neighborhood Grille, 911 E. Morehead St.

October SFPE Charlotte Meeting

Hospital Fire Alarm System Analysis & Design – A Case Study

This case study discusses major design and installation considerations entailed in a complete overhaul of a fire alarm system in a highly critical facility, and it examines life safety features of a fire alarm system in an existing high-rise hospital.  Features of the fire alarm system included in the discussion revolve around partial evacuation strategies, private mode signaling, emergency voice and mass notification applications, positive alarm sequencing considerations, distributed antennae for emergency responders retrofitting, and the construction of a fire command center to address the needs of the fire service.

Presenter: Justin Biller, P.E., FSFPEJustin Biller, P.E., FSFPE is the owner and principal engineer for Emerson Graham & Associates, PLC, established in 2015 as a fire protection engineering and code consulting firm with offices in Roanoke, VA and Charlotte, NC.  In addition, Justin is an adjunct faculty lecturer for University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Eastern Kentucky University in each of their respective fire protection engineering technology programs.  Mr. Biller is also co-founder and technical director of AEGIS, a fire door/barrier management company serving the Mid-Atlantic region.  He is a graduate of the master of sciences program in fire protection engineering from Cal Poly and has almost 20 years’ experience in this field.

Complying with Fire and Building Codes

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

Friday, September 20, 2019 | 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Greensboro-High Point Marriott Airport | Greensboro, NC

At this seminar you will: Enhance your understanding of fire
protection and life safety design Explore general requirements and
criteria related to occupancy classifications Understand the National
Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and North Carolina state codes and
standards Learn about exit access, discharge and other components of
means of egress Discuss fire protection features and equipment
Presented by: Justin Biller, P.E., MCP, CFPS, CLSS-HC,
Emerson Graham + Associates, Charlotte, NC
CreditsProfessional Engineers
6.5 PDHs Architects
6.5 HSW Contact Hours
6.5 AIA LU|HSW International Code Council
.65 CEUs (Fire) Contractors
Non-Credit Continuing Ed.
 

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Justin Biller- New SFPE Fellow

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019

SFPE has recognized 8 of its members as Fellows for 2019. SFPE Fellows represent a distinguished group of members who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Election to Fellow not only recognizes the achievements of fire protection and fire safety engineers as individuals, but also their significant contributions to fire protection engineering and society globally. Out of a total SFPE Membership of over 4,600, there are only 313 fellows. There are 8 members recommended to Fellow by the 2019 Qualifications Subcommittee and approved by the SFPE Board of Directors.

Congratulations Justin Biller, P.E., MSc. FPE, MCP, CFPS, CLSS-HC! Chosen as the new SFPE Fellow, Justin Biller, P.E., is the owner and principal engineer for Emerson Graham & Associates, PLC, established in 2015 as a fire protection engineering and code consulting firm with offices in Roanoke, VA and Charlotte, NC. In addition, Justin is an adjunct faculty lecturer for University of North Carolina-Charlotte and Eastern Kentucky University in each of their respective fire protection engineering technology programs and has taught a host of undergraduate and graduate courses in fire protection systems, building/fire codes, fire dynamics, human behavior in fire and performance-based engineering design. Mr. Biller is also co-founder and technical director of AEGIS, a fire door/barrier management company serving the Mid-Atlantic, and is associated with a forensic consulting firm and volunteer for Roanoke County in work related to post-fire investigations. Justin is a 2014 graduate of the MSc. Fire Protection Engineering program at California Polytechnic State University, and holds registration as a professional fire protection engineer in multiple states on the east coast. He is a Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS) and a Certified Life Safety Specialist for Healthcare Facilities (CLSS- HC) from NFPA. He additionally holds the Master Code Professional (MCP), Certified Building Official (CBO), and Fire Code Specialist (FCS) certifications from ICC. Justin has served on numerous NFPA technical committees including Safety to Life and Alternatives to Life Safety, and likewise on several SFPE committees including the Research, Tools & Methods and Professional Qualifications working on several SFPE guidelines, ABET program evaluation, and the on-going development of the PE exam in fire protection.

A Code Update that’s a Boost to Building Owners!

Friday, September 28th, 2018

A Code Update that Provides a Boost to Building Owners.

Doors are a major concern for building owners and facility managers. Ongoing maintenance of doors and architectural hardware represents a significant cost margin to building owners and nowhere is this truer than for healthcare facility and engineering managers where building footprints are vast – often in excess of 1 million square feet or more. Maintaining all doors in large facilities is always a challenge, but of even higher concern for healthcare engineers is fire and smoke barrier management, wherein door maintenance is a critical component. This point is not lost on a highly accomplished architect, Amanda Adams AIA, who has spent much of her career in significant restoration projects – she has noted first- hand how important fire and smoke door assemblies become in sustaining code compliance, providing a safe and healthy environment for building occupants and in achieving her overall architectural vision for a space. Ms. Adams highlighted this point to us at AEGIS, wherein she states,

“The foremost requirement of architecture is shelter. This ranks above aesthetics and creative efforts. All building occupants – users, visitors, tenants, residents – expect a building to provide shelter from the elements. At times, emergency situations arise that cause a building to offer shelter or protection from internal threats (often this is a fire threat)….whether that be protect in place or provide a safe exiting scenario. Passive life safety systems hold top priority in life safety; active systems increase safety and provide additional time. Properly functioning fire doors are a critical basic component to the passive system. A door must fit properly in its frame. Closing hardware must work properly. Positive latching hardware completes the barrier.”

Amanda Adams, Architect

The added strain on fiscal responsibilities for healthcare facilities to “do more with less” heightens theneed to challenge installers to do the work right the first time – it is often noted on our annual inspections of fire and smoke door assemblies that the ongoing challenges to maintenance stem from improper installation (i.e., improperly plumbed door frame and jamb, incorrect or insufficient hardware, incorrect door or glazing type, etc.).

According to the Door Security and Safety Foundation, although doors only represent 2 percent of a typical construction budget, more than 30 percent of punch-list items are on average door-related. It is therefore the opinion of many within the industry that it is in the best interest of building owners to verify fire and smoke doors are installed properly from the outset – a determination that committee members of NFPA 80, Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives also found imperative. In its most current published editions (2016 and 2019), NFPA 80 prescribes in section 5.2.1 that “upon completion of the installation” these assemblies are to be inspected and tested.

Here at AEGIS we believe as well that a comprehensive survey of door installation during construction benefits the building designer and can dramatically decrease ongoing maintenance costs associated with fire and smoke door assemblies. We are here to help you implement this on your next project and can work with your design team through specification and installation through final punch-out.

What is Fire System Commissioning (FCx)

NFPA 3, Recommended Practice for Commissioning of Fire Protection and Life Safety Systems delineates that the commissioning and
integrated testing process would include both active and passive components of fire protection systems. Commissioning is a procedure of verifying a quality process from design inception through development and construction and even extends through the life of the building by ongoing maintenance and operations. Passive fire protection systems, including fire and smoke rated door assemblies, serve as a primary component for most building life safety systems with varying degrees of complexity dependent as such things as occupancy and building geometry. Fire and smoke rated doors are often integrated with fire and life safety systems such as fire alarm, sprinkler, smoke control and emergency electrical systems, and it thus becomes imperative for the fire commissioning team (FCxT) to include qualified fire door commissioning agents (Cx) to be employed. Along with NFPA 3, NFPA also developed NFPA 4, Standard for the Integrated Fire Protection and Life Safety System Testing to work in concert with the recommended practices of commissioning in NFPA 3 to accomplish this task.

AEGIS with its partnerships with engineers and architects, has the practical experience and expertise to support your commissioning team with passive fire protection system components.

– Justin B. Biller, P.E., CHFM, CLSS-HC, CFPS | AEGIS Technical Director


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