This course will provide an understanding of life safety as related to perimeter fire containment in high-rise structures where a non- rated exterior wall adjoins a rated floor assembly. Discussion points will include basic philosophy of fire containment, tested assemblies, and code requirements. Additionally, engineering judgments as related to best practices and IFC guidelines will be discussed.

Learning Objectives

  • Evaluate the significance of fire containment and the elements of life safety in fire hazards necessary to consider when specifying for the built environment.
  • Explore various standards and code requirements relating to perimeter fire containment that safeguard the public occupants of a building.
  • Examine how UL and Intertek tested and listed systems along with design best practices for fire containment ensure a safer environment for occupants.
  • Compare and contrast engineering judgements related to perimeter fire containment and fire barrier systems which contribute to the safety of occupants.

Prequisite: Basic understanding of fire containment.