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Hot New Trends in Building Cladding: Code Requirements for Fire Rating Assemblies in Building Envelope

Jeff Harris &
Andy Lianto

Jensen Hughes

Jan 2018

Vancouver Luncheon:
Hot New Trends in Building Cladding: Code Requirements for Fire Rating Assemblies in Building Envelope
Thursday, January 18th, 2018
The Italian Cultural Centre Society
Vancouver, BC

About the Presenters: Jeff Harris and Andy Lianto, Jensen Hughes

Jeff Harris is a licensed architect in the states of Washington, Oregon, Colorado and Hawaii who provides forensic analysis of design and construction defects related to property damage and personal injury on behalf of attorneys, insurers and property managers.  He has particular expertise in building enclosures, exterior wall coverings, windows, roofs, structures, mechanical systems; water damage resulting from construction defects; and injuries resulting from design, construction and maintenance defects on floors, sidewalks, ramps and parking lots. His forensic analyses include historic code research and construction document review.  Prior to joining CASE in 2003, Mr. Harris had over 20 year of experience providing comprehensive architectural design services for residential, commercial, institutional, transportation, parking and health care facilities.

Mr. Harris' broad depth of knowledge and experience allows him to employ various methods of well-established forensic analyses in his investigations including both intrusive and non-destructive testing methods. These include infrared thermography, light metering, data logging of hygrothermal measurements, measuring air movement within structures using a micromanometer, ground penetrating radar, Excel Variable Incidence Tribometry™ for measuring slip resistance of floors and other walking surfaces. As an architect, Mr. Harris possesses a comprehensive understanding of the interrelated components of finishes, structure and building systems that architects routinely coordinate during the design and construction and remediation of buildings.

Andy Lianto, PE, is a Senior Fire Protection Engineer with seven years of experience. Throughout his career, he has been involved in plan reviews, commissioning and testing of fire alarm, fire suppression and smoke control systems. His expertise includes performance-based designs as well as building and fire code consulting for a wide range of new and existing facilities, including assembly, educational, residential, commercial and mixed-use development. Working closely with architects, developers, owners, engineers and contractors, Mr. Lianto has prepared various life safety and fire protection reports including building code equivalencies/alternative solutions and successfully negotiated acceptance with Authorities Having Jurisdiction. He is also highly proficient in numerous modeling software for evaluating fire/smoke behaviors and passenger evacuation strategies using FDS, CFAST, CONTAM, SAFIR, Pathfinder, Simulex and hand calculations based on SFPE Handbooks and NFPA standards.

About the Topic:
Hot New Trends in Building Cladding: Code Requirements for Fire Rating Assemblies in Building Envelope  

Will include (not necessarily in this order):

  • Code requirements in the U.S. & Canada for combustible, non-compbustible, rated, and unrated assemblies
  • Case studies of fires in building envelope materials
  • Types of materials and related safety testing standards and reality.
  • Burning questions afterwards


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