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Innovations with Horizontal Membrane Systems (GYP21-1)

Course Description:

Commercial and institutional buildings in North America need to comply with a myriad of fire safety issues as defined by the International Building Code and National Building Code of Canada. This includes the need to address horizontal fire and smoke separation in multi-story buildings. That means that the horizontal assemblies in buildings require particular attention in terms of design and specification writing in order to ensure both code compliance and the safety of the people within those buildings. This course focuses on this fire safety issue, addresses the challenges of properly designing and testing horizontal assemblies, and looks at an innovative, attractive solution found in horizontal shaftwall construction.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the significance of the fire safety issues associated with proper fire separations between spaces in horizontal construction assemblies.
  • Recognize the safety limitations of testing horizontal membrane construction based on methods that do not use full scale testing.
  • Assess the innovative option of using shaftwall construction to create code-compliant horizontal membranes that are fully tested for fire safety.
  • Determine other aspects of horizontal shaftwall construction that support sustainability goals and facilitate design and specification work.
Credits: AIA 1 AIA (HSW HSW)

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