Amanda Kimball, research manager for The Fire Protection Research Foundation says discussions of sustainable building design and its impacts on fire safety that began at the Foundation’s strategic planning meeting several years ago is where the need for more information in this area was solidified.
As the Foundation continued to explore the need for more discussions on this topic, it became clear that there was great value in bringing together members of the design and fire protection communities to discuss it, which eventually led to the development of the Fire Safety Design and Sustainable Buildings Symposium. The Foundation discovered that to pull together a comprehensive program, they would have to expand their network of relationships because they were limited in some industries that are central to this topic. Working in collaboration with the Chicago and Illinois chapters of the American Institute of Architects, the Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings, the Society of Fire Protection Engineers and the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, the Foundation was able to compile a compelling program aimed at prompting discussions between members of the fire safety and design communities.
The event is taking place in Chicago, November 7-8 and will feature perspectives from architects, engineers, the sustainability community and research institutions on the challenges and opportunities of integrating fire safety and sustainable design. Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) are being offered.