Solving for ‘Why?’ Exterior Cladding and Fire Protection – More Than Skin Deep
• Registration – 11:30 am
• Buffet Lunch – 12:00 pm
• Presentation – 1:00-2:00 pm
• $25 per person
• 1 pdh
Nicholas Ozog & Anthony Cinnamon from WJE, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.
In recent years, we have all watched in disbelief as a series of fires around the globe propagated, in part, by a combination of exterior wall components and materials with properties that, in certain circumstances, can facilitate combustion. Concerns in this area, and the corresponding evolution of building codes and test standards to address these concerns, date back nearly sixty years – long before the Torch Tower and Address Hotel fires in Dubai and the tragedy that we witnessed earlier this year at Grenfell Tower in London. The presentation will begin with a brief overview of this history, then pivot to an update of the current situation relative to risk assessment of the existing building stock, and finish with a discussion focused on why appropriately developed fire protection strategies are not simply skin-deep. Topics will include the regulatory response to exterior cladding fires, the industry response that we see in the U.S., and an exchange of ideas about where we go from here and the steps that we can take as design and construction professionals to further mitigate this risk while maintaining energy efficiency standards.