American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education

This 1-hour seminar is structured to acquaint the design team with basic building code requirements that drive the use of fire and smoke rated wide span opening protectives.

Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to differentiate between fire walls and fire barriers.
  2. Learners will understand the regulatory standards governing the use and application of wide span opening protectives.
  3. By examining numerous case studies participants will learn the fundamental code requirements that drive the placement of fire walls and fire barriers, their openings and opening protectives.
  4. By way of slides, discussion and case studies, participants will see the direct correlation between life safety, product application and open design

This 1-hour seminar is structured to acquaint the design team with basic building code requirements that drive the use of flexible fabric fire and smoke rated wide span opening protectives.

The seminar covers:

  1. Draft curtains and their intended use in the fire & life safety system of building structures.
  2. Characteristics of the flexible fabric egress door and how it complies with current building code means of egress requirements.
  3. Building code requirements pertaining to opening protectives constructed of flexible fire and smoke rated fabric:
    • • UL Standards 10B and 10D
    • • The principles guiding positive pressure testing

This 1-hour seminar is structured to assist the design professional with understanding the most recent changes to Section 423 of the 2015 Edition of the IBC. This code section has been revised wherein specific requirements have been introduced mandating the design and construction of storm shelters in critical emergency operations facilities and in Group E occupancies within the continental US FEMA designated 250 mph wind zone. The seminar addresses these critical issues under the following objectives:

  1. Attendees will be able to analyze the requirements for storm shelter design and construction based on the IBC Section 423 and the ICC 500 Standard.
  2. Attendees will be able to list fundamental differences between ICC 500 and FEMA P-361.
  3. Attendees will analyze case studies to determine best design and construction options for storm shelters.

This 5-hour seminar focuses on salient guideline principles found in Chapters 3 through 10 and 30 of the IBC. The discussion also includes differences between NFPA 101 and IBC on a few of these issues. Each participant will receive a 100-page textbook for the course.

Outline: Code 50 Definitions – the Five Walls of the IBC

  • Fire Wall
  • Fire Barrier wall
  • Fire Partition wall
  • Smoke Barrier wall
  • Smoke Partition wall
  • Examine the guideline principles differentiating fire-resistance and fire-protection
  • Become familiar with opening protective provisions in all five walls
  • Learning Assessment; see quiz at end of section on slide

Elevator Separation

  • Fundamentals of shaft protection
  • Elevator Lobby provisions
  • Elevator protection provisions
  • Learn Assessment; see quiz at end of section on slides

Exit Access Separation

  • Horizontal Exit
  • Exit Passageway
  • Pedestrian Walkways & Tunnels
  • Learning Assessment; see quiz at end of section on slides

Vertical Opening Separation

  • Basic fundamentals of vertical opening protection
  • Exit Access Stairways
  • Required Exit Stair enclosures
  • Atriums
  • Learning Assessment; see quiz at end of section on slides

Occupancy Separation

  • Fundamental Guidelines
  • Mixed Occupancy Use – Accessory Use
  • Mixed Occupancy Use – Non-separated vs Separated
  • Learning Assessment; see quiz at end of section on slides

Area Separation

  • Allowable Area considerations
  • Learning Assessment; see quiz at end of section on slides

Corridor Separation

  • Rated & non-rated corridor separation, emphasis on healthcare
  • Learning Assessment; see quiz at end of section on slides

Smoke Compartmentation

  • Smoke Compartments – healthcare occupancies
  • Smoke Barriers – healthcare and prison occupancies (I-2, I-3)
  • Learning Assessment; see quiz at end of section on slides

 

Note: This course can be presented in part by providing 2-, 3-, or 4-hour sessions. The AIA credits awarded are commensurate with the total hours of class time, i.e.,1 AIA learning unit per hour of class with a maximum of 5 possible. The same is true with ICC LUs. Each learning unit for each hour spent in class is valued at .1 with a total of .5 available for the full 5-hour class.

International Code Council (ICC) Continuing Education

The ICC Educational Provider Program is a five-hour in-depth interactive seminar that reviews the fundamental principles found in Chapters 3 through 10 of the IBC as they pertain to the use of the 5 walls and their openings; and opening protectives from Chapter 7.