While structural steel offers the best safety record of any framing material, a well-designed fire protection design must naturally accompany any project. Understanding the roles of an architect, structural engineer, and fire protection engineer, in addition to knowledge of the codes, and the pros and cons of the various prescriptive solutions and performance-based approaches, will help enable building teams to deliver the highest performance and most cost-effective designs.

Learning Objectives

  • Spell out the different roles that the architect, structural engineer, and fire protection engineer play in designing fire protection for steel structures.
  • Compare the behavior of wood, concrete, and steel structures in the presence of fire.
  • Identify important code allowances in fire protection designs.
  • Compare and contrast the pros and cons of sprinklers, spray-applied fire resistive materials, gypsum board, intumescent coatings and cementitious materials for structural steel frames.
  • Gain a better understanding of performance-based design, its applicability to structural steel framing systems and identify examples of its efficiencies in design.