Research, Tools & Methods Standing Committee

Scope of Work

The Standing Committee on Research, Tools, and Methods identifies, develops, and oversees SFPE’s technical products and research work, reviews new innovations, and helps to establish the research agenda for the fire safety engineering profession.

Chair: Greg Baker (2021)
Staff Liaison: Chris Jelenewicz


Subcommittees

Codes and Standards Liaison (SCCSL)

Subcommittee Chair: Matthew Davy
Staff Liaison: Chris Jelenewicz

Scope of Work

The Subcommittee for Codes and Standards Liaison (SCCSL) is comprised of members interested in promoting the use of fire safety engineering data, tools, and methods within building codes and standards. The SCCSL is responsible for facilitating the adoption of SFPE standards and guides into building regulations, codes and standards. Persons from the SCCSL may be appointed by the Board to represent SFPE in specific codes and standards development/liaison activities.

Handbook Development (SCHD)

Subcommittee Chair: Jeff Tubbs
Staff Liaison: Chris Jelenewicz

Scope of Work

The Subcommittee for the SFPE Handbook Development (SCHD) is comprised of those SFPE members and others from the scientific and engineering community who are / will be authors of the SFPE Handbook of Fire Protection Engineering (Handbook). The purpose of the SCHB is to provide a mechanism to help facilitate the flow of information between the scientific and practitioner communities such that future editions of the Handbook continue to reflect the state of the art information and approaches as well as addressing the needs of practitioners.


Research and Innovation (SCRI)

Subcommittee Chair: Bryan L. Hoskins
Staff Liaison: Ryan Tunkel


Scope of Work

The Subcommittee on Research & Innovation (SCRI) is comprised of members with a research or technology development background, a desire to help chart future research priorities for the profession, and an interest in working with other groups, companies, and associations to obtain input for, and communicate back, SFPE research priorities and directions for the future.

Tall Buildings Task Group

Subcommittee Chair: Jim Quiter
Staff Liaison: Chris Jelenewicz

Scope of Work 

This Guide provides information on the special topics that affect the fire safety performance of very tall buildings and their occupants during a fire.  This guide addresses these topics as part of the overall building design process using performance-based fire protection engineering concepts as described in the SFPE Engineering Guide to Performance-Based Fire Protection. It is not intended to be a recommended practice or a document that is suitable for adoption as a code. The Task Group is responsible for drafting the second edition of this guide. For a full list of task group members click here.


Peer Review Task Group

Subcommittee Chair: Joshua Greene
Staff Liaison: Chris Jelenewicz

Scope of Work 

The Peer Review Task Group is responsible for the development of the SFPE Engineering Guide for Peer Review in the Fire Protection Design Process.  The guide is intended to address the initiation, scope, conduct, and report of a peer review of a fire protection engineering work product. For a full list of the task group members click here.


Standards Committee on Performance-Based Design (PBD)

Subcommittee Chair: Greg Baker
Staff Liaison: Ryan Tunkel

Scope of Work

The SFPE Engineering Standard on Performance-Based Fire Protection defines the process for implementing a performance-based approach in the design and/or assessment of building fire safety within both prescriptive and performance-based code systems. The Standard is intended to be used in the development of alternate or equivalent means of protection to the prescriptive code requirements, especially in cases where no specific building and fire regulations apply. It is also intended to be used where protection features are intended or desired to exceed the applicable building and fire regulations. The Standard will provide a framework for preparing a performance-based design for use in the regulatory process including required technical documentation, design submittals, and future reviews of existing conditions subject to the authority having jurisdiction. The standard will have appendices that provide practical information to assist design professionals to prepare, and authorities having jurisdiction review, a performance-based design. For a complete list of the standards committees click here


Standards Committee on Calculating Fire Exposures to Structures

Standards Committee Chair: Craig Beyler
Staff Liaison: Chris Jelenewicz

Scope of Work 

The Standards Committee on Calculating Fire Exposures to Structures is responsible for developing Standards S.03, Standard on Calculating Fire Exposures to Structures.  This standard provides methodologies to predict thermal boundary conditions for fully developed fires to a structure over time. For a complete list of the standards committee members click here.


Standards Committee on Design Fire Scenarios

Standards Committee Chair: Charley Fleischmann
Staff Liaison: Chris Jelenewicz

Scope of Work 

The Standards Committee on Design Fire Scenarios is responsible for developing SFPE Standard S.03, Standard on Design Fire Scenarios. The standard determines the explicit design fire scenarios to be used to evaluate the fire safety performance of a building using a performance-based design framework.  For a complete list of the standards committee members click here.

Guidelines Committee on Human Behavior in Fires

Subcommittee Chair: Dan O'Conner
Staff Liaison: Chris Jelenewicz

Scope of Work

The Human Behavior in Fires Task Group is responsible for the development of the Engineering Guide to Human Behavior in Fire. The focus of this guide is to discuss primarily behaviors related to evacuation and refuge-finding or relocation to a safe area.  For a complete list of the guidelines committee members click here.


Risk Task Group

Subcommittee Chair: Francisco Joglar
Staff Liaison: Chris Jelenewicz

Scope of Work

The Risk Task Group is responsible for developing the Engineering Guide to Fire Risk Assessment. The guide provides guidance in the development, selection, and use of fire risk assessment methodologies for the design, construction, and operation of buildings, facilities, or processes. For a complete list of the task group members click here.

Standards Oversight (SCSO)

Subcommittee Chair: Steve Wolin
Staff Liaison: Chris Jelenewicz

Scope of Work

The Subcommittee for Standards Oversight (SCSO) is comprised of members with experience on SFPE engineering task groups and standards committees and is charged with assuring balance, adjudicating issues, and undertaking related oversight activities as required by the ANSI process.

Existing Building Task Group

Subcommittee Chair: Warren Bonisch
Staff Liaison: Ryan Tunkel

Scope of Work

The SFPE Engineering Guide for Assessments of Existing Building Fire Safety provides a methodology for completing an assessment of an existing facility’s current fire safety condition. The guide describes a framework for conducting and documenting assessments that evaluates fire safety through a combination of interviews, document reviews, and field observations. The framework provides guidance on establishing the assessment objectives and tailoring the scope., It also provides for the identification and prioritization of further action, evaluation criteria, data collection process, and required documentation to fulfill the objectives. Assessments prepared using this guide may focus on a single topic, several topics, or be comprehensive. The results can be used to demonstrate if a facility provides adequate fire safety; to establish a safety baseline that supports remodeling, renovation, or repurposing plans; or to identify desired enhancements that would improve facility safety.  For a complete list of task group members click here.


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On January 9, 2019, the SFPE Committee Operations Manual was adopted.