Fire Safety and Sustainable Building Design Symposium

Published on November 1, 2012
November 7-8, 2012
Chicago, Illinois

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Welcoming Remarks
Carl Baldassarra, Executive Vice President, The RJA Group

Keynote: What are the major trends in sustainable design of office/commercial/highrise buildings?
Speaker: Gordon Gill, Partner, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Safety Challenges of Green Buildings
Speaker: Brian Meacham, Associate Professor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)

Do we understand the impact of new "sustainable" materials on the fire load of buildings?
Speaker: Tom Chapin, Vice President Corporate Research, Underwriters Laboratories (UL)

Video: Tom Chapin of Underwriters Laboratories talked about the impact of new 'sustainable' materials on the fire load of buildings. He shared information on the implications of population growth on sustainability, which was a hot topic at a recent international conference he attended.

What is the view of fire service officials on sustainable construction?
Speaker: Sean DeCrane, Battalion Chief, City of Cleveland Division of Fire

Video: Sean DeCrane shared this video from UL. It compares a fire in a legacy room (think grandma’s upholstered furniture and heavy fabric curtains) to a modern room (one that was purchased right off the shelf at one of today’s furniture stores).

Is "performance-based" fire protection the best way to work towards sustainable building goals?
Speaker: Ray Grill, Principal, Arup

Use Your Building Automation System to Integrate Fire Protection into Your Green Building Project
Speaker: Paul Turnbull, Applications Engineer, Siemens Industry

Natural Ventilation and Smoke Control: What conflicts can arise and how can they be overcome whilst ensuring that the sustainability objectives of natural ventilation are still met?
Speaker: Simon Lay, Director of Fire Engineering, AECOM

What are the developers of automatic sprinkler systems doing to support sustainability needs of building?
Speaker: Russ Fleming, President, National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA)

What research efforts in fire protection engineering are contributing to sustainability goals?
Speaker: Dan O'Connor, Chief Technical Officer, Aon Risk Solutions

NIST Metrics and Tools for Sustainable Building
Speaker: Barbara Lippiatt, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Where are green building certification schemes heading in the future?
Speaker: Dr. Debbie Smith, Director of Fire Sciences, BRE Global Ltd, UK

The Integral Role of Fire Protection in Sustainability
Speaker: Lou Gritzo, Vice President and Manager of Research, FM Global

Video: Dr. Louis Gritzo of FM Global highlights the three big takeaways from his talk regarding the integral role of fire protection on sustainability.

LEED Certification and Sustainable Building Design
Speaker: George K. Tuhowski III, General Superintendent, Director of Sustainability, Leopardo Companies, Inc.