NFPA 285 Fire Testing for Exterior Walls: Code Requirements and Design Challenges

62 Greene Street (Ground Floor), New York


David J. Jacoby., P.E., LEED AP, leads the fire safety engineering group at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (SGH).  He works with architects, structural engineers, and building scientists on a variety of fire and life safety building performance issues.

Mr. Jacoby will present on the NFPA 285 fire testing requirements for combustible exterior wall materials as found in the International Building Code.  There is currently a lack of consistent interpretation, enforcement, and understanding of such requirements among both designers and code enforcement bodies.  This presentation will review building code requirements, details of the NFPA 285 testing process, and the challenges of incorporating NFPA 285-tested assemblies into typical building enclosure design.

Upon completion of the course, participants should be able to:

- Identify exterior wall materials and systems that require fire propagation testing.

- Distinguish between the NFPA 285 test and other test methods.

- Interpret product literature and reports of tested wall components and assemblies.

- Incorporate compliant materials and systems into exterior wall design.

SPEAKER: David Jacoby, is a Principal and leader of the Fire Engineering Practice for Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc.  David has more than 15 years of experience in fire protection engineering and is a licensed professional engineer and LEED AP.  He has worked on a broad range of projects from historic preservation/adaptive reuse to campus/city planning.  His work also includes large assembly occupancies, stadiums, arenas, convention centers, mixed-use high-rise facilities, airports, hospitals, federal courthouses, office buildings, casinos, and residential facilities.  He is a member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).  David is involved with various committees in the fire industry, including the New York City Department of Buildings – New NYC Build Code Committees – Fire Protection Committee; New York City Fire Code Revisions Project – Fire Advisory Committee member; and is a principal member of the Fundamentals Committee of NFPA 101/NFPA 5000.  He is a Past President of the NYC Metro Chapter of SFPE.  He is a registered engineer in New York, NJ and five other states.

This session is worth 1 AIA CEU credit