In this course, learners will be able to better understand NFPA compliance – from determining what needs tested to the testing procedures themselves. Other codes and tests related to fire safety will be reviewed as well. Different types of cladding and insulation will be examined in terms of materials, components, and fire safety. Finally, two fire case studies will be presented so that learners can evaluate the performance of those buildings.

Learning Objectives

  • Evaluate the structure of wall assemblies, the building envelope, and how NFPA 285 compliance is achieved to ensure the safety of occupants after the project is complete.
  • Analyze how large scale and small-scale fire testing, clarity of codes, regulations, testing acronyms, and the methodology behind testing enhances the built environment for occupants.
  • Compare and contrast the need for thermal performance that is not sacrificed for fire performance ensuring occupancy comfort and safety throughout the life of the building.
  • Examine real fire case studies where fires have occurred in a building and analyze how those buildings have performed.

Prerequisite: Basic NFPA standards .