Better Buildings with Structural Fire Engineering – July 8th

If you are a developer or design/build contractor then this webinar is for you.

Traditionally, structural fire safety is contemplated after the structural engineering is complete for a given building. Specifically, structural systems that have been optimized for ambient design loads are then blanketed with fireproofing. This century-old approach endeavors to reduce the heating of individual structural members with the intent of mitigating the risk of structural collapse under fire conditions. However, project stakeholders may be left wondering if the intended structural fire safety is provided and if a rational use of resources was employed. This differs from almost all other aspects of building design in which these aspects are taken extremely seriously.

As a refreshing alternative to the traditional approach, performance-based structural fire design is beginning to establish a foothold in the United States. Notably, newly developed guidance contained within ASCE/SEI 7, ASCE/SEI Manual of Practice No. 138, and the freely available ASCE/SEI Structural Fire Design Guide provide designers the framework to legitimately practice structural fire design, as well as provide building officials a potent set of tools to properly evaluate such designs. The envisioned endgame of this movement is a gradual transition toward intrinsically fire safe structures that are rationalized optimized, which is nothing new for conventional structural engineering. Since structural fire design has the potential to produce buildings that are safer, cost less, and are optimized for stakeholder design objectives such as aesthetics, carbon footprint, and allowance for innovation, the future is certainly bright for this movement.

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Join structural fire engineering expert, Kevin LaMalva for a webinar on Better Buildings with Structural Fire Engineering

Thursday 8 July 12.30-13.30 EST

What will I learn?

The presentation will cover:

  • Differentiate between standard fire resistance design and structural fire engineering design.
  • Learn about the treatment of fire effects as a structural load.
  • Understand new industry standardization pertaining to structural fire engineering.
  • Identify potential benefits of adopting structural fire engineering design for building projects.

Kevin LaMalva has 14 years of experience as a structural/fire consultant with dual registration in both fire protection engineering and civil engineering. Aside from faithfully serving clients, Kevin is a member of numerous industry committees (ASCE/SEI, SFPE, ICC, NIST, NFPA, ACI and others) that conduct research and develop standards for structural fire safety. Notably, Kevin led a group of over 40 engineers to develop the first-of-its kind ASCE/SEI Structural Fire Design Guide and is the editor of ASCE/SEI Manual of Practice No. 138. for his work in structural fire safety, Kevin was awarded the distinction of ENR Newsmaker for serving the "best interests of the construction industry and the public." Kevin can be reached at

An expert panel will answer questions, which you can submit before or at any time during the webinar.

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