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NFPA Journal asks: is the teaching of codes and standards redundant or out of date?

Blog Post created by Michael Hazell Employee on Sep 20, 2011

From the September/October 2011 issue of NFPA Journal®

By Kathleen Almand, P.E., FSFPE

Research In June, I traveled to Scotland to participate in a seminar at the University of Edinburgh on the topic of university curricula for fire safety engineering. The event was motivated by the need for a new generation of leaders that can guide the profession through the significant transition it is currently experiencing, one that is increasingly characterized by a performance-based design environment coupled with some level of risk analysis. I was asked to share my perspective on the role of codes and standards in the education of fire safety engineers. My central question was this: As the profession develops capable design tools based on a modern understanding of the relationship between buildings, their occupants and contents, and fire safety, is the teaching of codes and standards redundant or out of date?

Read Kathleen's entire article in the new issue of NFPA Journal.

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