This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. High rise fires are not new to us. In fact, we have seen an increase in fire incidents in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East in the last 5-10 years that have amplified awareness on fire safety performance of taller structures. High rise buildings present a greater risk with an increased number of occupants that have a limited means of escape in the event of a fire. That is why the time element for containing a fire is so critical. Also, as we have seen in actual fires, vertical fire spread at the exterior fa├žade can rapidly overwhelm fire fighters means of interceding the fire from ground level. As the fire accelerates and upward spread progresses, it often reaches a height beyond the reach of fire services water streams. That is why containing a fire and preventing if form spreading vertically is so critical for both occupant and first responder safety.

Learning Objectives

  • Examine fire case studies that outline the potential risks of fire propagation at the exterior wall in high rise structures and the codes, standards, and listed assemblies that are used to address these fire safety issues.
  • Explore basic design features required at the exterior wall to contain a fire to the level of origination.
  • Evaluate the evolution of perimeter fire containment as well as recognize how to properly install a fire containment system in the four most common curtain wall designs.
  • Identify common misconceptions when it comes to designing and installing perimeter fire containment systems.

Pre-requisite: Basic knowledge of high rise structures.