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During the work of the ICC Tall Wood Building Ad Hoc Committee (TWB), special test programs were developed and performed with the input of the fire service. Accordingly, a number of full-scale compartments constructed of mass timber building elements and furnished with real furniture and contents were fire tested. Results of these tests that were used by the ICC Tall Wood Building (TWB) Ad Hoc Committee in the development of proposed changes to the 2021 IBC will be presented.

3/8/2018
When: Thursday, 3/8/2018
10:55am-12pm Eastern. 1.0 Hour of Education Credit will be awarded.
Where: Webinar
United States
Presenter: Jason Smart, PE and Sam Francis, CBO, American Wood Council
Contact: 202-463-2704


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Date:
Thursday, March 8, 2018 
Time: 
10:55AM-12:00PM Eastern
9:55AM-11:00AM Central
8:55AM-10:00AM Mountain
7:55AM-9:00AM Pacific 

DES603 – Fire Tests in Support of Tall Mass Timber Buildings (Part 1 of 3) – 1.0 hours

 

Fire testing to evaluate the performance of building materials and assemblies used in construction has been a requirement of building codes since the late 19th century. Early in the 20th century, versions of the ASTM E119 Standard Test Methods for Fire Tests of Building Construction and Materials were developed by the National Bureau of Standards as a means to compare the relative structural fire performance of materials and assemblies. Today, a science-based methodology exists, which allows designers to accurately calculate the behavior of wood exposed to an E119 time - temperature curve.  Wood building elements are recognized for retaining their structural integrity despite the loss of fiber and cross-section due to charring.

With a rapidly growing interest in tall buildings constructed of mass timber, it became necessary to quantify the degree to which exposed timber contributes to a “real” compartment fire in order to establish appropriate building code requirements. During the work of the ICC Tall Wood Building Ad Hoc Committee (TWB), special test programs were developed and performed with the input of the fire service. Accordingly, a number of full-scale compartments constructed of mass timber building elements and furnished with real furniture and contents were fire tested.  Results of these tests that were used by the ICC Tall Wood Building (TWB) Ad Hoc Committee in the development of proposed changes to the 2021 International Building Code will be presented.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:
1.  Recognize the objectives of recent large-scale compartment fire testing in the U.S.
2.  Describe the purpose of tests conducted by and findings of the NFPA Fire Protection Research Foundation at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the tests performed at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) on behalf of the ICC TWB.
3.  Evaluate and describe the outcomes of the ATF tests and contrast those to the outcomes of the FPRF tests.
4.  Understand how testing is used to assess the added fire resistance time associated with non-combustible materials applied to mass timber elements in standardized E119 tests and be able to evaluate the results of those tests.

Equivalencies: 1.0 Hour of Instruction = 0.1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) = 1 Professional Development Hour (PDH) = 1 Learning Unit (LU) 

Jason Smart, P.E., Manager, Engineering Technology
Jason Smart joined AWC in 2013 as Manager, Engineering Technology. In his position, Jason focuses on development and support for new and emerging technologies and related changes to design and model building code standards. Jason most recently worked for the International Code Council (ICC), the organization that develops the U.S. model building codes. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and a graduate of Virginia Tech with degrees in Civil Engineering, Wood Science and Forest Products, and Timber Engineering.

Sam W Francis, C.B.O., Senior Director for National Programs
Sam is the AWC Senior Director for National Programs, formerly being a Regional Director with AWC (American Wood Council) covering the northeastern United States. He is a CABO certified building official, and has nearly 20 years of experience as a building code official. He also served on the Ohio Construction Industry Certification Board, and the National Construction Code Inspector Certification Program Test Preparation committee.

Sam has also been very active with model code organizations. He has served on various committees with ASHRAE, BOCA, ICC and NFPA as well as several state committees in the Northeast. Most recently, he is a member of NFPA 1, NFPA 101, NFPA 5000 TCC/BLC/FIR, NFPA 664 and NFPA Fire Test Committee. In addition, Sam was appointed to the ICC Code Development Committee for the International Fire Code (IFC) and the Tall Wood Building Ad Hoc Committee. Previously, he has been a member of the International Building Code (IBC) General Code Development Committee and the IBC Fire Safety Code Development Committee.

Internationally, he has been a member of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) representing the United States to the International Standards Organization (ISO) for the Technical Committee 92, Subcommittee 4: Fire Safety Engineering, and Technical Committee 59, Subcommittee 17: Sustainability.

He has taught extensively on subjects closely related to codes and code development throughout the United States and Canada. He is the author of numerous articles and publications on various building regulation subjects. 



The PDF of the presentation will be posted 48 hours before the webinar, and can be accessed HERE

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