This seminar will explore a wide range of fire and life safety challenges associated with
very tall buildings and strategies to address them. To enhance learning, attendees will be asked
to participate in simple, qualitative hazard, risk or reliability analyses, fire and life safety
strategy development for representative building configurations and fire scenarios, and fire
safety management and evacuation planning exercises. Due to time constraints there will be no
quantitative or computational analyses. The topics and sequence will generally follow those
embodied in the SFPE Engineering Guide: Fire Safety for Very Tall Buildings. Content includes an
overview of fire events in tall buildings, highlighting issues of concern and lessons learned.
Emerging trends in very tall building design, which may have implications for fire and life safety
performance, will be discussed.
Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:
- Identify the potential impacts of new and emerging technologies and design features on fire
and life safety performance in very tall buildings.
- Explain how hazard, risk and reliability analysis can help identify and assess scenarios of
concern and potential mitigation options.
- Explain the roles that occupant risk perception and situation awareness might have on the
selection and operation of defend in place and evacuation strategies.
- Distinguish the impact of building design decisions on factors such as smoke control, fire
spread and structural fire resiliency.
- Understand systems reliability and robustness issues.
FPEs, Architectural, Civil, Structural, Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, Insurers, Fire Safety
Managers, Fire Service Personnel.
SFPE Engineering Guide: Fire Safety for Very Tall Buildings. Attendees will be asked to
participate in exercises and encouraged to share experiences with fire and life safety issues and
strategies in very tall buildings.
Participants will be assessed via a written test. A passing score of 70% will be required to
obtain a Certificate of Completion.