Dr. Louis Gritzo, VP of research at FM Global, will be presenting on 'The Integral Role of Fire Protection in Sustainability' at the upcoming Fire Safety Design and Sustainable Buildings Symposium on November 7-8th.
Achieving environmental, economic and social sustainability requires an assessment of designs, materials and equipment over the entire building lifecycle to ensure that benefits achieved in one lens of sustainability are not inadvertently alleviated by reductions in another lens. A lifecycle based approach also allows factors other than normal operation, such as risk factors which can have unintended consequences that reduce overall sustainability, to be addressed by including these consequences at their appropriate frequencies of occurrence.
Dr. Gritzo is VP of Research at FM Global, a mutual-owned, research- and engineering-based industrial and commercial property insurance company. The research division includes scientists with expertise in fire, explosions, natural hazards and risk and reliability as well as FM Global’s $125-million, 1,600 acre, unique Research Campus for property loss prevention and risk mitigation research.
His past experience includes Manager of Fire Science and Technology and a member of the Advanced Concepts Group “think tank” at Sandia National Laboratories. He received his Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering, with a Minor in Applied Mathematics, from Texas Tech University. He currently serves on the Governing Board of the Global Earthquake Model, as the Chair of the Research Leadership Team of the Industrial Research Institute, and on Advisory Committees for the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the University of Maryland, and Texas Tech University. He has recently served as chair of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Heat Transfer Division Executive Committee and on the Research Advisory Committee for the National Fire Protection Association.