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The 2006 edition of NFPA 101 introduced a new chapter and new concept on building rehabilitation for existing buildings. NFPA Fire Protection Engineer Kristin Collette talks about the requirements for building rehabilitation and the application of Chapter 43.

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NFPA’s Life Safety Code Essentials 3-day Seminar focuses on code requirements for new, existing, and renovated buildings, with extensive coverage of Chapter 43.</li> </ul>

Working the network

Posted by mikehazell Employee Dec 13, 2010

During the break between education sessions this afternoon, attendees gathered in the foyer for soft drinks and some business networking. Small groups were scattered up and down the hallway, all chatting about the sessions they had just attended. Several people told us that getting to meet other participants -- and sharing ideas, challenges, and solutions -- is one of the top reasons that they traveled to Orlando for this event.

Network4 Network1 

- Mike Hazell

What are the hottest issues in healthcare delivery? Today in Orlando, Robert Solomon, manager of NFPA's Building Fire Protection and Life Safety Codes division, presented an overview of recent trends in healthcare and how NFPA's safety codes and standards are being positioned to addresses these changes.


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“Emerging Issues in Fire Protection” was the theme of today’s luncheon presentation, hosted by Chris Dubay, NFPA’s Chief Engineer and Vice President of Codes and Standards. Chris and his co-presenters, NFPA staff engineers Robert Solomon and Guy Colonna, presented the audience with more than a dozen topic ideas, and then based on attendee suggestions, briefly spoke about the issues at hand. Discussions were wide-ranging, from NFPA’s new program to train first responders on how to respond to emergencies involving electric vehicles, to new trends in the delivery of healthcare and their impact on safety standards. One of the topics addressed was the use of elevators as a means of egress in high-rise buildings, an issue that offers many challenges, according to Robert Solomon, including re-educating the public, who’ve been told for years to avoid elevators during an emergency evacuation.

NFPA's Guy Colonna and Chris Dubay
NFPA's Robert Solomon


It's all about doors!

Posted by mikehazell Employee Dec 13, 2010

A full room listened attentively as NFPA's Kristin Collette talked about one thing -- doors. In another of the morning's sessions, Kristin gave an overview of NFPA 80 Standard for the Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives. NFPA 80, which was originally published in 1911, regulates the installation and maintenance of assemblies and devices used to protect openings in walls, floors, and ceilings against the spread of fire and smoke within, into, or out of buildings. The standard applies to many opening protection systems, including fire doors, fire windows, fabric fire safety curtains, and fire dampers. It does not apply to non fire-rated assemblies.The 2010 edition is only the second new edition of NFPA 80 since the 1999 edition. NFPA Journal featured an online exclusive when the latest edition came out as well as a podcast on the changes.



Lorraine Carli


NFPA's Dick Roux's second of five sessions on various aspects of NFPA 72 was a hot topic as he delved into Elements of an Effective Inspection, Testing and Maintenance program. He earlier spoke about emerging communication systems and will hit on Performance Requirements for Circuits and Pathways, elevator recall and Commuicatoin Methods for Supervising Station Fire Alarm Systems before the day is out. Dick will be featured in one of our video clips from the conference later on the blog.

Plenty showed up early to get front row seats for the first round of sessions at NFPA's Fire and Life Safety Conference in Orlando this morning to hear some of the most sought after NFPA staffers talk about their documents. The conference has four tracks -- Building and Life Safety, Codes and Standards, Fire Suppresssion and Detection and Alarms. The morning line up included from NFPA Kristen Collette on Methods of Passive Fire Protectoin, Rich Beilen on the new NFPA 99, Matt Klaus on changes to NFPA 25 and Dick Roux on NFPA 72.

Kristen Collette



Rich Bielen

Matt Klaus


Dick Roux

Lorraine Carli

6a00d8351b9f3453ef0148c6ac2a47970c-800wi.jpgWe're off and running this morning at the Hilton in the Walt Disney World® resort. Over the next few days, we'll be offering more than 50 intensive education sessions that are designed to keep attendees up to speed on the the latest code information. Sessions in four educational tracks, which just got underway, are being taught by NFPA staff and technical committee members who work directly with the codes.


Keep coming back to this blog for updates from the conference, including video interviews with some of our presenters.

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