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Antony WoodAntony Wood, the Executive Director of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) will be leading a panel discussion at the upcoming Fire Safety Design and Sustainable Buildings Symposium on November 7-8th. 

Antony and the panelists will discuss the question: What are your major challenges related to the intersection of fire and sustainability in your day to day practice? Panelists include;

  • Peter Weismantle, Director of Supertall Building Technology, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
  • David Scott, Laing O’Rourke
  • James Antell, Rolf Jensen and Associates (RJA)
  • Mehdi Jalayerian, Executive Vice President, Environmental Systems Design (ESD)

Antony Wood has been Executive Director of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat since 2006, responsible for the day-to-day running of the Council and steering in conjunction with the Board of Trustees. His tenure has seen a revitalization of the CTBUH and an increase in output across all areas.

Based at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Antony is also an Associate Professor in the College of Architecture at IIT, where he convenes various tall building design studios. A UK architect by training, his field of specialism is the design, and in particular the sustainable design, of tall buildings. Prior to becoming an academic, Antony worked as an architect in practice in Hong Kong, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and London.

He is the author of numerous book and papers in the field of tall buildings, sustainability and related areas, including the 2008 title “Tall & Green: Typology for a Sustainable Urban Future”. His PhD explored the multi-disciplinary aspects of skybridge connections between tall buildings. He is associate editor of the CTBUH Journal and serves on the editorial board of the John Wiley & Sons Journal: ‘The Structural Design of Tall and Special Buildings’. He is also co-chair of the CTBUH Tall Buildings and Sustainability working group. He is currently engaged in numerous books, including: ‘The Tall Buildings Reference Book’ with Routledge; ‘The CTBUH Guide to Natural Ventilation in High Rise Office Buildings’ also with Routledge;  and ‘New Paradigms in High Rise Design’.

Learn more about the symposium and register today! 

Parents' ChoiceParents’ Choice Foundation, the nation’s oldest nonprofit consumer guide to quality children’s media, has chosen the Sparky the Fire Dog® website as a 2013 Parents’ Choice Award winner!

Parents’ Choice serves as a trusted and independent source for educators and librarians, journalists and families searching for quality children’s media and toys. During the lengthy screening process, sparky.org was evaluated for product design and function, educational value, long-term play value, and the benefits to a child’s social and emotional growth and well-being.

Award winners become part of a select group. Fewer than 20 percent of the products submitted to the awards program receive any level of commendation. 

The official Sparky the Fire Dog® website allows kids to explore and learn about fire safety in a safe and interactive environment. The popular ad-free site features sections for children of all ages, even providing voice-overs for younger children who cannot read yet. The diverse activities range from a fire truck section, cartoons, family activities, seasonal Sparky e-cards for kids to send to friends and family, and parent and educator information.

Shannon(2)In August, NFPA, ASTM International, and ASHRAE  filed a lawsuit in federal court to stop  Public.Resource.Org from infringing on our copyrights and  trademarks, says NFPA President Jim Shannon in "Protecting the Process" in the latest issue of NFPA Journal. Public Resource has been copying and uploading our  copyrighted standards without permission, making them available  without restriction on the Internet.

For the last century, many of the standards developed  to protect the public have come from non-profit organizations such as NFPA,  ASTM, and ASHRAE, which depend on revenues from their sale to cover the cost of developing those standards. By disregarding copyrights on standards, Public Resource threatens  not just the long-term solvency of these organizations  but an entire system designed to protect public health and safety.

We are  not eager to spend our resources on litigation, says Shannon, but  we must protect a process that  has been a driving force for safety for over a century. We will take whatever steps are necessary to make sure NFPA can continue  to do its good work, not just over the next few years, but through the  next century.

Fire breakThe September issue of NFPA’s wildland fire newsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you’ll:

  • Find a wildfire safety checklist from the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County, CA as part of the state’s “One Less Spark – One Less Wildfire” campaign.  
  • Get a link to Molly Mowery’s latest Wildfire Watch column where she talks about her recent trip to Russia for the 4thInternational Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference.
  • Learn about the recently developed Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network that brings national leaders and practitioners together to discuss wildfire best practices.
  • Meet the FAC Ambassadors who have traveled across the country to meet with a wide range of stakeholders to discuss how FAC tools and resources can help communities reduce their fire risk. 

… And lots more! We want to continue to share all of this great information with you so don’t miss an issue! Subscribe today. It’s free! Just click here to add your email address to our newsletter list.

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