Balanced Fire Safety Design and Resilient Masonry Fire Walls

This course reviews US fire statistics, the Balanced Fire Safety Design concept and the role that passive masonry firewalls play in it. Examples of how today’s building codes have eroded the Balanced Design Concept are shared to provide a better understanding of the crucial role fail-safe, passive masonry fire walls play in today’s fire safety designs. To gain insight into wall assembly and material performance the ASTM E-119 fire test method that is used to qualify and quantify fire walls is reviewed along with the ACI/TMS 216 code requirements for concrete and masonry wall assembly fire resistance ratings.


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