Understanding Common Fire and Smoke Protection Features in the Building Code

Understanding Common Fire and Smoke Protection Features in the Building Code

Owners, managers, and designers need to consider fire and smoke protection systems in their building projects to meet code requirements and ensure occupant safety. However, there are several features used in these systems throughout the industry—from fire walls and barriers to smoke barriers and partitions—that can make it challenging to identify the necessary approach. Understanding the differences between these features, and the design challenges that come with them, can help project teams develop high-performing designs meeting the building code. In this webinar, we will discuss fire protection features and how they apply to fire life safety. We will review the distinctions between common features—fire walls, barriers, and partitions; and smoke barriers and partitions—and common issues seen during the design phase to meet code requirements. We will also share case study examples of each type of feature.


After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the different fire and smoke protection features used in the industry and where each is required.
  • Identify the major differences between fire walls, barriers, and partitions, as well as smoke barriers and partitions.
  • Provide more confidence when designing or reviewing these systems based on the type of required fire protection feature.
  • Discuss case study examples of these systems and where common issues can occur.

Participants will earn 1.0 AIA CES Learning Unit (LU/HSW) for attending the live webinar. Registration is free. Please note that space is limited – email events@sgh.com to join our waitlist if the session is closed when you register. 

About the Speaker

Kevin Black
Kevin Black | Senior Consulting Engineer

Kevin Black is a fire protection engineer who focuses on building code consulting for new and existing health care projects; transportation projects, including airports and train stations; and highrise commercial and residential buildings across the United States. He conducts site inspections for existing hospitals and outpatient facilities in accordance with NFPA 101. Kevin also has previous experience conducting largescale fire testing for sprinkler system approvals. He currently serves as President of the NYC Metropolitan Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers. 

John (JP) Ramos
John (JP) Ramos | Project Consultant

JP Ramos is a fire protection and life safety consultant involved on projects in multiple jurisdictions. He has additional experience with firestopping inspection, as well as smoke control modeling and inspection. He is certified as a Third-Party Firestop Inspector though the International Firestop Council.