Technical Areas

SFPE's Technical committees and task groups develop engineering guides, standards, and other technical initiatives of the Society. 

Technical Committee News

SFPE Subcommittee on Research & Innovation to Launch Research Roadmap at SFPE North America Conference and Expo

The SFPE Subcommittee for Research and Innovation (SCRI) recently completed the research roadmap that highlights the research needs for the fire safety engineering profession. This roadmap is intended to be a living document that will be central to defining the future of SFPEs technical initiatives.  Its main focus was based on what research is needed by practicing fire safety/protection engineers. The SCRI will launch this roadmap on Tuesday October 10 at the SFPE North America Conference and Expo in Montreal, Canada.

SFPE Human Behavior Task Group Update

The SFPE Human Behavior Task Group has approved the first draft of the 2nd edition of the SFPE Guide to Human Behavior in Fire. The first draft is currently being considered by the SFPE Subcomittee for Standards Oversight (SCSO) for a policy review to approve for public comment. If approved by the SCSO, the document will go out to public review during the first week of November.

Members from SFPE Subcommittee for Codes & Standards Liaison Works with ICC to Improve Commentary on Smoke Control

Members from SFPE Subcommittee for Codes & Standards Liaison ICC working group recently submitted suggested content revisions to ICC for Commentary to Section 909 (Smoke Control) of the IBC. The suggested content includes references to SFPE documents, improved terminology to match SFPE documents, and recommendations for engineering solutions. Moving forward, the working will be looking at this suggested commentary and see how it can lead to code change proposals. The working group intends on submitting these proposals before the end of 2017.

Upcoming Technical Committee/Task Group/Working Group Meetings:

  • Friday, October  27, 2017 11am Eastern Time (-4:00 GMT)
    Subcommittee on Codes & Standards Liaison ICC Working Group – Online
  • Tuesday, October 31, 2017 8am Eastern Time (-4:00 GMT)
    SFPE Standard S.01 Local Exposures Working Group – Online
  • Tuesday, October  31, 2017 2pm Eastern Time (-4:00 GMT)
    Subcommittee on Codes & Standards Liaison NFPA Working Group – Online
  • Wednesday, November 1, 2017 4pm Eastern Time (-4:00 GMT)
    RTM Long-Range Document Planning Working Group
  • Tuesday, November 7, 2017 8am Eastern Time (-4:00 GMT)
    SFPE Standard S.01 Risk Working Group – Online
  • Wednesday, November 22, 2017 8am Eastern Time (-4:00 GMT)
    SFPE Risk Task Group – Online

Current Technical Committees & Task groups

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