The Fire Protection Research Foundation, is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to plan, manage and communicate research in support of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) mission.
The mission of the international nonprofit NFPA, established in 1896, is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.
Tom Chapin of Underwriters Laboratories presented at the Fire Safety Design and Building Sustainability Symposium on the impact of new 'sustainable' materials on the fire load of buildings. In his remarks, he shared information on the implications of population growth on sustainability which was a hot topic at a recent international conference he attended. Watch this video interview with Tom to find out why he says sustainability is the key to prosperity and well-being and how the Fire Protection Research Foundation event taking place in Chicago this week has bearing on this topic.
The Fire Protection Research Foundation announces the 2011 Bigglestone Award for Excellence in Communication of Fire Protection Concepts goes to Robert Jansson and Lars Borstrom for their paper, “The Influence of Pressure in the Pore System on Fire Spalling of Concrete.” The Harry C. Bigglestone award is presented annually, along with a $5,000 cash prize, to the authors of the most outstanding paper submitted to Fire Technology during the previous calendar year, as voted by the International Editorial Board. Check out NFPA’s news release to learn more about this prestigious award!
In the same vein, at this year’s NFPA Conference & Expo, the Foundation's Kathleen Almand and Jack Watts of the Fire Safety Institute will present on Sunday, June 12 at 11:00 a.m., “Bigglestone Award Retrospective: 25 Years of Advances in Fire Protection Engineering and Research,” highlighting eight of the 25 Bigglestone award-winning papers. It’s an informative and interesting forum you don’t want to miss. We hope to see you there!
Summary: Significant changes are underway in how delivery of healthcare, long term care and personal care is being handled in 2010 and beyond. Many of these changes or trends will influence NFPA health care codes and standards. This summit is designed to bring members of NFPA Technical Committees and health care industry leaders together to learn about these trends and changes, determine what areas can be addressed in both near-and long-term time frames. Featured presentations will include: