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11/10/2023: LIVE INTERACTIVE WEBINAR, New Developments in the Practice of Structural Fire Protection in the U.S., Friday, November 10, 2023, 12pm-1pm Eastern

11/10/2023: LIVE INTERACTIVE WEBINAR, New Developments in the Practice of Structural Fire Protection in the U.S., Friday, November 10, 2023, 12pm-1pm Eastern

1 hr. Webinar

Level: Intermediate

Item#: RV-W111023

SME: Kevin LaMalva, P.E.

Why do we thermally insulate structural systems? Structural fire protection addresses the low probability and potentially high-consequence event of uncontrolled fire exposure in buildings. The ASCE/SEI 7 industry standard contains industry-consensus provisions for the design of structural fire protection in the U.S., and other adopting jurisdictions. The default option is termed 'standard fire resistance design', and is based on a long-standing empirical indexing system that excludes consideration of realistic thermal demands and structural system response. Furthermore, ASCE/SEI 7 sanctions the use of 'structural fire engineering' as an engineered alternative to standard fire resistance design, as constituted in the new Appendix E section of ASCE/SEI 7, and as described in the new ASCE/SEI Manual of Practice No. 138 (Structural Fire Engineering). Specifically, these resources provide designers the framework to practice structural fire engineering, as well as provide building officials a potent set of tools to properly evaluate such designs. The envisioned endgame of this movement is a gradual transition toward intrinsically fire safe structures which are rationally optimized. Since structural fire design has the potential to produce buildings that are safer, cost less, and are optimized for stakeholder design objectives such as aesthetics, carbon footprint, and allowance for innovation, the future is certainly bright for this movement.
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Course Objectives
At the end of this webinar, you will be able to:
  • Identify key differences between standard fire resistance design and structural fire engineering for structural fire safety and community safety.
  • Interpret the basis of fire resistance ratings within standard fire resistance design intended to promote community safety and welfare.

  • Define the treatment of fire effects as a structural load within structural fire engineering for the benefit of community health and safety.
  • Interpret new industry standardization as it applies to structural fire protection variances.
Kevin LaMalva joined Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (SGH) in 2007 and is professionally registered as a Fire Protection Engineer and Civil Engineer. Referenced by industry as a “champion” and a “luminary,” he serves as Chair of the ASCE/SEI Fire Protection Committee, and is a member of numerous industry committees that conduct research and develop standards for structural fire safety. His work experience spans many areas of fire safety and structural engineering. He has been awarded the distinction of 2017 ENR Newsmaker for serving the “best interests of the construction industry and the public.”