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High Rise Buildings with Combustible Exterior Wall Assemblies: Fire Risk Assessment Tool

Fire Protection Research Foundation Report: “High Rise Buildings with Combustible Exterior Wall Assemblies: Fire Risk Assessment Tool”
Authors: Susan Lamont and Sigurjon Ingolfsson
Date of issue: February 2018

 

Download the executive summary for this report. (PDF)

Based on a number of recent fires in high rise buildings clad with combustible wall insulation systems, global enforcement authorities are revisiting their existing building inventories to assess potential risks. The goal of this project was to develop and make available a fire risk assessment methodology (FRA) to assist global authorities to assess the fire risks and prioritize inspection/remediation efforts for the high-rise building inventory in their jurisdiction with exterior wall assemblies containing combustible components. In support of this overall effort, three key deliverables were put forth including (1) a baseline report; (2) an online electronic fire risk assessment (FRA) tool (i.e., EFFECT™); and (3) a user guide. This executive summary provides an overview of these deliverables – which can be found along with other supporting information at www.nfpa.org/exteriorwalls

This has been an NFPA-led project with administrative oversight provided by the Fire Protection Research Foundation in accordance with its advisory services policies. The Fire Protection Research Foundation expresses gratitude to the authors of this final report Susan Lamont (Arup) and Sigurjon Ingolfsson (Arup), with review by James Bychowski (Jensen Hughes) and Art Parker (Jensen Hughes).

See: www.nfpa.org/exteriorwalls, for the complete package of information on this topic, including the (1) baseline report; (2) online electronic fire risk assessment (FRA) tool (i.e., EFFECT™); and (3) user guide.”