An Introduction to Fire Protection Engineering for Buildings
J. Paul Guyer, P.E., R.A., Fellow ASCE, Fellow AEI
I. The five fundamental elements of fire protection engineering
A. Building materials and design
B. Water supply for fire protection
C. Fire extinguishing systems
D. Fire alarm systems
E. Special occupancies and hazards
II. Building materials and design
A. Basic criteria
B. Fire areas
C. Height limitations
D. Interior fire spread
F. Interior finishes
H. Roof coverings
I. Roof and fire department access
J. Air handling
K. Plastic pipe and conduit
L. Fire retardant wood products
III. Water supply
A. Demand for sprinklered facilities
B. Demand for unsprinklered facilities
C. Pressure requirements
D. Required quantities and on-site storage
E. Fire pumps
F. Distribution systems
IV. Fire extinguishing systems
A. Automatic sprinkler systems
B. Foam (AFFF) systems
D. Dry chemical systems
E. Carbon dioxide systems
F. Halon 1301 systems
G. Portable extinguishers
V. Fire alarm systems
A. Detection systems
B. Reporting systems
C. Evacuation systems
VI. Special occupancies and hazards
A. In general
C. Food preparation
D. Medical facilities
F. Child care facilities
G. Electronics and telecommunications facilities
I. Waterfront facilities
J. Petroleum fuel storage
K. Aircraft maintenance facilities
VII. Occupancy hazard classification system
B. Ordinary hazard 1
C. Ordinary hazard 2
D. Special occupancies
VIII. Fire flow demand for unsprinklered facilities
IX. Performance based fire safety design
X. Codes and other professional resources
This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.
At the conclusion of this course, the student will:
Architectural, civil, structural, mechanical and electrical engineers engaged in the design of buildings and related infrastructure will find this a valuable opportunity to better understand how the principles of fire protection engineering affect their daily practice.
Benefit for Attendee
Participants will receive an introduction to the principles of fire protection engineering and learn how they affect the various technical disciplines that make up the building design team. Participants will be able to participate in the building design process more efficiently and effectively, and will thereby improve their career value to their public agency and private company employers.
Fire protection engineering impacts every aspect of building design. Civil engineers, structural engineers, architects, mechanical engineers and electrical engineers all need to know how the principles of fire protection engineering will affect their involvement in the design of buildings and related infrastructure. This seminar will provide an introduction to fire protection engineering for the building design team. It will facilitate the building design process and result in safer and more cost-effective buildings and infrastructure for public agencies and private companies.
About Course Author
Paul Guyer is a registered mechanical engineer, civil engineer, fire protection engineer and architect with over 35 years experience in the design of buildings and related infrastructure. For an additional 9 years he was a senior-level advisor to the California Legislature on infrastructure and capital outlay issues. He has designed and supervised the design of hundreds of construction projects requiring the preparation of detailed working drawings and specifications for federal, state and local public agencies and private companies. He is a graduate of Stanford University and has held numerous national, state and local positions with the American Society of Civil Engineers and National Society of Professional Engineers.
The course content is contained in the following PDF file:
1. You will be introduced to fire protection basics related to building materials and design, including fire areas, height limitations, interior fire spread, egress, finishes, insulation, roof coverings, air handling, plastic pipe and conduit, and fire retardant wood products.
2. You will be introduced to the basics of water supply for fire protection including sprinklered facilities demand, demand for unsprinklered facilities, pressure requirements, quantities, on-site storage, fire pumps, and distribution systems.
3. You will be introduced to the basic types of fire extinguishing systems including automatic sprinklers, foam (AFFF), standpipes, dry chemicals, carbon dioxide, Halon 1301 and portable extinguishers.
4. You will be introduced to the basic types of fire detection, alarm and reporting systems.
5. You will be introduced to some fire protection fundamentals for buildings with special occupancies such as medical facilities, detention facilities, electronic and telecommunication facilities; and special hazards such as petroleum fuel storage, waterfront facilities, and aircraft maintenance facilities.
6. You will receive an overview of the occupancy hazard classification system (light, ordinary group 1, ordinary group 2, special).