Smoke management is a term used to describe the methods implemented to passively or actively control the movement of smoke within the built environment in the interest of providing safety to occupants, fire fighters and property. Smoke management methods include compartmentation, pressurization, airflow and buoyancy. It has been used to simulate smoke movement in multizone facilities, to analyze the performance of smoke control systems including stairwell pressurization systems and to aid in the performance of tenability "occupant safety" analysis. Analysis of smoke management requires the consideration of the interaction of the many different building characteristics and driving forces that affect smoke movement.
It is likely that your jurisdiction has adopted at least some of the ICC code changes. Click here, then click on your state to see a listing of what codes have been adopted.
Dramatic changes have been made in U.S. building codes over the past several years, but most of these changes have been made without significant input from those who face the dangerous challenges of fire suppression – the fire services. Full Article »
Building codes are used in communities throughout the United States to ensure that our buildings—and especially public buildings—meet some accepted minimum standard that will safeguard the public health, safety and general welfare. Full Article »
Codes and standards for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of buildings are the documents by which a society states its intent to provide public safety and functionality. Full Article »
Codes Organizations and Testing Laboratories
The following are various codes organizations and testing laboratories where you can go to learn more about code development and testing certifications.
Alliance for Fire and Smoke Containment and Control
The Alliance for Fire and Smoke Containment and Control was established in 1999 by building enforcement, construction, design, and manufacturing professionals in response to the need for a well-coordinated, educational effort to promote the value of a balanced fire protection design in the built environment.
Established in 1956, FIRE CHIEF is the magazine for "Every Department, Every Leader." The monthly "News & Trends" and our quarterly "Technology Update" aim to keep chiefs abreast of the developments that affect them and their communities at the local, state and federal levels.
Firestop Contractors International Association
Member organizations to be recognized throughout the construction industry as preferred quality contractors of life safety firestop systems. FCIA Member Contractors are committed to providing consistent, high quality firestop systems as a critical part of Effective Compartmentation.
FirstSource – Building Code Library
FirstSource’s exclusive national codes resource provides you with detailed information on building codes for all 50 states, major cities, and some counties. We have information on codes and amendments as well as contact information for up to 17 authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) in each market. You must register at this site. Registration is free.
International Code Council
Providing the highest quality codes, standards, products, and services for all concerned with the safety and performance of the built environment.
For more than 130 years, companies around the world have depended on Intertek to ensure the quality and safety of their products, processes and systems.
National Association of State Fire Marshals
To protect human life, property
and the environment from fire.
To improve the efficiency and effectiveness of State Fire Marshals' operations.
National Fire Protection Association
The mission of the international nonprofit NFPA is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating scientifically-based consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. NFPA membership totals more than 75,000 individuals from around the world and more than 80 national trade and professional organizations.
National Fire Sprinkler Association
To create a market for the widespread acceptance of competently installed automatic fire sprinkler systems in both new and existing construction, from homes to high-rise.
NIST and the World Trade Center
In response to the WTC tragedy, the National Institute of Standards and Technology conducted a 3-year building and fire safety investigation to study the factors contributing to the probable cause (or causes) of post-impact collapse of the WTC Towers (WTC 1 and 2) and WTC 7; expanded its research in areas of high-priority need such as prevention of progressive collapse, fire resistance design and retrofit of structures, and fire resistive coatings for structural steel; and is reaching out to the building and fire safety communities to pave the way for timely, expedited considerations of recommendations stemming from the investigation.