President - New England Chapter of the SFPE

New England Chapter of the
Society of Fire Protection Engineers
PO Box 865
Framingham, MA 01701-0865
Fire Protection & Life Safety Seminar
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Four Points by Sheraton – Norwood MA
7:15 am – 8:00 am
Registration & Continental Breakfast
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
8:00 am – 9:15 am
Current Research in the FPRF
The Fire Protection Research Foundation has
completed a number of studies in the last two years
designed to advance the technical basis of NFPA codes
and standards. This presentation will review this work
related to NFPA 13, NFPA 72 and NFPA 101 with a
focus on engineering tools.
[Kathleen Almand, P.E., FSPFE
Vice President, Fire Protection Research Foundation]
1:15 pm – 2:30 pm
Implementation of 527 CMR 1.00, The
Massachusetts Comprehensive Fire Safety Code
527 CMR 1.00, The Massachusetts Comprehensive
Fire Safety Code, is the current state fire code with an
effective date of January 1, 2015. This presentation
will discuss the promulgation process of 527 CMR
1.00, 780 CMR and Massachusetts General Law, and
how all three regulatory documents are used together to
achieve a code compliant building. An overview of
527 CMR 1.00 will highlight locations of familiar MA
fire code requirements and new provisions.
[Jennifer Hoyt, P.E., and Jake Nunnemacher,
Massachusetts Division of Fire Safety]
9:15 am – 10:30 am
Comparing the 2000 and 2012 Editions of NFPA
For those in the health care industry, understanding the
application of NFPA 101® Life Safety Code® is
critical. This presentation will discuss the key changes
in NFPA 101, between 2000 and 2012, specifically
related to health care occupancies.
[Kristin Bigda, P.E., Senior Fire Protection Engineer,
National Fire Protection Association]
10:30 am – 10:45 am
Morning Break
10:45 am – 12:00 pm
Update on NFPA 30, Flammable and Combustible
Liquids Code
Enforceable under OSHA and many state and local
regulations, NFPA 30 provides safeguards to reduce
the hazards associated with the storage, handling, and
use of flammable and combustible liquids. The
specific focus of this session will be an overview of
flammable and combustible liquids storage, including a
review of Chapters 9 through 16 of the 2015 edition of
NFPA 30.
[John LeBlanc, Principal Standards Engineer,
FM Global]
2:30 pm – 2:45 pm
Afternoon Break
2:45 pm – 4:00 pm
Importance of Existing Building Surveys:
Identifying Code Issues Prior to Renovations
The presentation will address the benefits of
conducting comprehensive building surveys prior to the
design phases for a renovation. Code triggers related to
the building & fire codes, accessibility codes and MEP
systems will be addressed to provide an understanding
of construction schedule and cost implications
associated with uncovering such issues during or after
the design phase. The presentation will focus on actual
project examples in New England, practical solutions
and design alternatives.
[Rocky Edwards, P.E., Vice President, and
Caitlin Gamache, P.E., Sr Fire Protection Engineer
Cosentini Associates, Inc.]
4:00 pm
Closing Remarks
Q&A Session included in each presentation
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