NFPA 285 Fire Testing for Exterior Walls: Code Requirements and Design Challenges

David J. Jacoby., P.E., LEED AP, leads the fire safety engineering group at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (SGH). He works with architects, structural engineers, and building scientists on a variety of fire and life safety building performance issues.

Mr. Jacoby will present on the NFPA 285 fire testing requirements for combustible exterior wall materials as found in the International Building Code. There is currently a lack of consistent interpretation, enforcement, and understanding of such requirements among both designers and code enforcement bodies. This presentation will review building code requirements, details of the NFPA 285 testing process, and the challenges of incorporating NFPA 285-tested assemblies into typical building enclosure design.

Upon completion of the course, participants should be able to:

– Identify exterior wall materials and systems that require fire propagation testing.

– Distinguish between the NFPA 285 test and other test methods.

– Interpret product literature and reports of tested wall components and assemblies.

– Incorporate compliant materials and systems into exterior wall design.

The NFPA 285 program will offer 1 AIA CEU credit


Event Details:

  • When: 

    Thursday, October 24, 2013
    06:30 pm

  • Where: 

    Trespa Design Centre
    62 Greene Street
    New York, New York

  • More information: 

    Event website.

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