Special Webinar Customer Appreciation Event

Navigating the Building and Fire Codes: Exterior Wall Compliance


1 AIA LU/HSW Credit Presentation
Date: June 23rd, 2022
Time: 10am - 11:30am PT

Guest Speaker: Robert Gerard, PE


Building and Fire Code requirements can be confounding for architects and designers alike, especially when selecting exterior wall assemblies and specifying products that are code-compliant based on unique project details and jurisdiction requirements.

Join Fire Protection Engineer Robert Gerard, PE, as he helps to demystify the Building and Fire Codes as relate to exterior wall requirements and clarifies and explains some of the most frequent questions from architects and designers about fire protection and code compliance.

Topics include the form and function of 1-hour and 2-hour Fire-Resistance Rated exterior wall assemblies, set back requirements, material, and design options for Construction Types I-IV, NFPA 285 compliance, construction materials testing, soffit design, Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) requirements, as well as a Q&A session following the presentation.


The learning objectives for the presentation are:

  • Walk away with an understanding of the purpose and requirements of 1-hour and 2-hour Fire-Resistance Rated exterior wall assemblies and where to find them.
  • Be able to understand and articulate T.Z. Harmathy’s rule #2 from Ten Rules of Fire Endurance Rating
  • Identify the differences between non-combustible and combustible construction types and understand how the associated code requirements drive design and material selection.
  • Understand when and why NFPA 285 compliance is required and where to find compliant assemblies.


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Robert Gerard, PE
Coffman Engineers

Many of Robert's projects have involved complex fire safety issues, often utilizing advanced computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and finite element modeling (FEM), peer review teams, and engagement with approval authorities. Robert’s specialties include smoke control design, mass timber buildings, innovative and high-performing building systems and structural optimization utilizing state-of-the-art fire and smoke modeling software to demonstrate safety through performance-based design approaches, including engagement with approval authorities to gain approval for performance-based alternate means and methods requests.


More information, visit: www.coffman.com

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