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Mon 09.25.2017

NFPA 285 Exterior Wall Fire Testing, Design and Compliance

AIA CES: 1.5 LU | 1.5 HSW

When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25

Where: At The Center   

This course explains the NFPA 285 test method, its origin, its procedures, when it is required, and design considerations necessary to comply with it. The course explains the fire/life safety objective of NFPA 285. Selected sections of the International Building Code will be reviewed to identify the types of construction and circumstances that require NFPA 285 compliance. The criteria in ASHRAE 90.1 for continuous insulation and air/water resistive barriers are reviewed and identified as contributors to the rise of NFPA 285 requirements. To understand the key wall assembly layers that determine compliance, the course reviews insulation, air/water resistive barriers, and exterior cladding options. Design practices will be improved by familiarizing attendees with information sources such as manufacturer design guides, proposed code changes, engineering analysis and the public database discussion.

Speaker: Herbert Slone, RA, Chief Architect, Senior Manager, Commercial Building Systems, Owens Corning

Herbert Slone is a registered architect and Senior Manager of Commercial Building Systems for Owens Corning. He has over 42 years of experience in construction and more than 32 years in the insulation industry.
As Owens Corning’s Chief Architect he provides vision and leadership to building envelope systemization, developing basis-of-design solutions for architects, and creating pull-through demand to support distribution partners. His work in this role includes the creation of the Enclosure Solutions building envelope brand, a portfolio of envelope system solutions including the CavityComplete™ which brought together OC products from multiple OC business units (foam, fiberglass and mineral wool), along with products/partnerships from four other industry-leading manufacturers, to provide the industry’s most complete and uniquely warranted portfolio of masonry veneer wall systems. For his work on the “direct-to-deck” fire rated roof insulation system he won the Owens Corning Slayter Award for technical achievement yielding high business impact.   
Sloane is also responsible for architectural/technical oversight for systems and products during market development and introduction, including performance testing (air/water, fire, structural, wind), building code approvals, codes and standards development, architectural specification development, thermal and moisture analysis, literature development, and customer and industry education outreach. He has authored numerous professional articles and AIA/CES educational programs on building construction, air/water/thermal system performance, fire rated systems and building and energy code compliance.   
Prior to joining Owens Corning, Slone worked as an architect and building code official and taught life safety theory in building design in the Kent State University College of Architecture and Environmental Design. He is a former member of the Ohio Board of Building Standards, appointed by the Governor of Ohio, and has chaired several industry committees including a term as President of the Ohio Building Officials Association, a term as President of the Five-County Building Officials Association, and Chairman of the Extruded Polystyrene Foam Association Commercial Building Council, and the Society of the Plastics Industry Building Codes Committee. He has also chaired development initiatives in the foam plastics industry including the “Direct-to-Deck Task Force”, the “Frost Protected Shallow Foundation” design development project, and the “Alternate to ASTM E84” assessment project.    

Slone graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Technology, and from Kent State University with a Master of Architecture. 

Organized by: Owens Corning and AIANY Building Codes Committee

Price: Free for AIA members and students with valid ID; $10 for general public



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