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Safety in the built environment is a broad and vast topic that can seem overwhelming at times, even for those with the most experience. In some areas, technologies and best practices are consistent and slow to change, while in others the innovation can be challenging to keep up with. In this program, we will provide a mix of sessions from our “greatest hits” (think Life Safety Code) alongside new, hot topics that may well become industry mainstays. Your job role, skillset, and knowledge base are diverse, and this program is, too. The full-day Building and Life Safety program costs $98.


Join NFPA® during our Keeping You Informed: The Big Wide World of Building and Life Safety program for in-depth educational sessions, industry roundtable discussions, networking events, and live chats with industry experts and NFPA staff. Get the information you need to more efficiently and effectively advance building & life safety.

  • Key Code Changes: Learn directly from NFPA subject matter experts about the key changes and updates made to the new 2021 editions of two of the most important codes from NFPA: NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®, and NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code.
  • Latest Industry Trends: Remote inspections, 3D-printed construction, and cannabis fire safety may not be topics on your radar todaybut they should be.Learn about these newly trending topics that may soon be a part of your everyday life.
  • Unmatched Expertise: Information and education from the source, with featured subject matter experts in the building & life safety field.
  • Two Ways to Earn CEUs:  
    • Tune in live June 22 to earn up to 5 credit hours (0.5 CEU) and earn an additional 5 credit hours on demand for a total of 10 credit hours (1.0 CEU).
    • Or, view all content on demand for a total of 10 credit hours (1.0 CEU). All programs will be available on demand for up to a year starting on the launch date.

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10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Presenters: Kristin Bigda, Val Ziavras, NFPA

As the legal cannabis industry continues to experience rapid growth and expansion, the available knowledge and training resources regarding fire and life safety have not been able to keep up with the demand, especially when a jurisdiction is newly legalized. There are a large number of hazards that need to be recognized and addressed in order to grow and process cannabis safely. This 2-hour session will provide an overview of the primary fire and life safety hazards present in cannabis growing and extraction/processing facilities, as well as best practices to run safe facilities.

10:30-11:30 a.m. | Presenter: Brian O'Connor, NFPA

Keeping facilities code compliant is critical to helping protect people and property in health care settings. This session helps shorten the learning curve of getting updated with edits, revisions, and additions to the 2021 edition. Understand Key Changes to the 2021 Edition of NFPA 99 covers the significant changes to the code and provides actionable takeaways to help you apply provisions and be confident in your ability to identify potential issues and risks.

11:30-12:30 a.m. | Presenters: Kristin Bigda, NFPA

The practices, strategies, and challenges of protecting people from fire and related hazards are continually evolving. It's essential to stay informed of the latest requirements to improve safety and stay compliant with the Life Safety Code. This session delivers an efficient way for all users of the code to increase knowledge of changes to the 2021 NFPA 101 so you are better prepared to accurately apply these new provisions. This program highlights the revisions from the previous edition of the code and provides insight into why changes were made and how they might affect you in your work.

1:30-2:30 p.m. | Presenters: Terry Victor, Jim Muir

In April 2019, NFPA appointed a technical committee to develop a new standard on remote inspections. Since August 2019, the committee has held several development meetings to turn the scope approved by the NFPA Standards Council into a document ready for public review. This seminar will cover the history of the proposed standard and present the outline as it currently exists. The presenters will explore the possibilities for remote inspections from an AHJ's perspective, the challenges from a contractor's perspective, and the overall risks and rewards of using this technology. The potential use of NFPA 915, for the performance of periodic inspections required by other NFPA standards will also be discussed.

1:30-2:30 p.m. | Presenters: Val Ziavras, Kevin Carr, NFPA

Buildings under construction, undergoing rehabilitation, and in the process of being demolished present unique fire safety hazards. Because there are so many moving parts on these jobsites, it is easy to overlook some fundamental practices, which are key to keeping jobsites as safe from fire as possible.

2:30-3:30 p.m. | Presenter: Bob James

3D-printed building construction is quickly moving from the experimental stage to a viable construction technique. However, this new technology creates challenges for ensuring that buildings meet specific structural, fire, and durability requirements. In this session, attendees will learn how 3D techniques work, how to ensure these buildings are code compliant, and how UL 3401, Outline of Investigation for 3D Printed Building Construction, can help them evaluate the process.

2:30-3:30 p.m. | Presenters: Laura Moreno, Marty Ahrens, NFPA

Hot work fires are a serious problem across the US. Roughly 4,600 hot work fires were reported in the US per year during 2013–2017. These fires caused an average of 15 civilian deaths, 198 civilian injuries, and $355 million in direct property damage annually. Forty-three percent of these occurred at or on home properties. There are notable differences between hot work fires at home and in traditional workplaces. Hot work is performed by hobbyists, artists, and do-it-yourselfers as well as tradespeople. Fire prevention requirements from NFPA 51B, and other non-fire safety measures will be shared. Issues of consumer hot work will also be discussed.

4:00-5:00 p.m. | Presenters: Shawn Mahoney, Jen Sisco, NFPA

During the COVID pandemic, many ITM programs were put on the back burner, while facilities were focused on navigating other new requirements in order to keep building occupants safe from the virus (implementing social distancing strategies, keeping up with demand for hand sanitizer, more frequent cleaning, etc.). Now that buildings are beginning to return to normal operations, it’s the perfect time to re-examine and re-vamp your facility’s fire door and opening protectives ITM program, to ensure that you are compliant with NFPA 80.

4:00-5:00 p.m. | Presenter: Jennifer O'Connell

Health care is a highly regulated entity in the US, which makes it perfect for applying the NFPA Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem™. The presentation looks at five facility types: university medical center, regional hospital, community hospital, nursing home, and outpatient surgical center. A review of each “gear” in the system shows that all health care facilities face challenges in all aspects of the Ecosystem. Aspects of the discussion may be considered controversial, including owner oversite, consultant interpretations, AHJ interaction, designer application, and government regulation.

5:00-6:00 p.m. | Presenters: Terry Victor, Jim Muir, Bob James, Jennifer O’Connell Moderator: Matt Klaus, NFPA Director Technical Services & Senior Principal Engineer

Join our panel of building and life safety industry experts as they come together to discuss the NFPA Fire & Life Safety EcosystemTM. Each panel member will bring a different point of view to the discussion and share their real- life experiences to illustrate how the importance of the Ecosystem serves as a common thread that weaves together many aspects of building and life safety— – no matter the specific industry or job role.

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