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Fire Technology brings the latest fire research to practical fire protection problems. Recent editions have covered such topics as an international comparison of firefighter injury, an assessment of aspects of the residential fire problem, wildland fire spread, and many other topics of interest to the NFPA community. Online access to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and other recent events with major impacts on the built environment, the building and emergency response communities are reassessing their future preparedness for such events. NFPA codes and standards the full spectrum of preparedness – from built in resiliency in structures and systems, to... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
There are many potential pathways for wildland fires to ignite buildings within the WUI. These pathways (including both fire and ember exposure) depend on the characteristics of the wildland, the characteristics of the community, and the characteristics of the interface. The Foundation is seeking a contractor to compile information on... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
The Foundation and NFPA, with support from the insurance industry and coordination from other relevant groups, has launched an awareness program to reduce a serious yet frequently unknown risk for dangerous pool fires associated with intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) storing flammable and combustible liquids. The program provides factual information on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
The Foundation is conducting a multi phase research program to develop guidance for the protection of lithium ion batteries in storage. The first two phases of this project, a hazard assessment and a large scale flammability characterization, were completed in 2013. The latter program provided good information on the performance... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2014 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
Cooking-equipment related fires are a leading cause of U.S. fire loss. Beginning in the mid 1980’s, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Consumer Product Safety Commission, and home appliance industry undertook a comprehensive review of strategies to mitigate death, injury and property loss from cooking fires. All strategies were... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2013 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
The Foundation's symposium on the next five years in fire and electrical safety will explore major societal trends likely to affect fire safety and shape our protection strategies. Our session on the changing nature of building contents will feature Jan Lagerblad, the Director of Risk Management for IKEA, a global... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2013 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
JOin us on November 13, 14 in Washington DC for the Foundation's symposium on the key issues likely to affect fire and electrical safety in the next five years. A featured session addresses the changing materials landscape and how trends in green building may affect fire safety. Bill Walsh, Executive... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2013 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
As the Foundation's symposium on The Next Five Years in Fire and Electrical Safety approaches on November 13,14 in Washington, DC, I'd like to preview some of the insights of our presenters - this time from the session on the Changing Urban Landscape. Antony Wood, Executive Director of the Council... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2013 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
As the Foundation's symposium on The Next Five Years in Fire and Electrical Safety approaches on November 13,14 in Washington, DC, we've had a lot of interest expressed in the session on Smart Building Technology and how it intersects with safety. Sandy Diehl, Chair of the American Architectural Foundation, will... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2013 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
Home Fire Sprinkler Cost Assessment - 2013 Newport Partners, September 2013This report updates the report, Home Fire Sprinkler Cost Assessment (Fire Protection Research Foundation 2008). The primary purpose of this study is to review current home fire sprinkler system costs against the 2008 benchmark study to gain a better understanding... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2013 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
In 2012, the Foundation brought together global owners and insurers of storage facilities and the research community to explore emerging fire protection challenges in this environment and protection solutions. Based on the success of this event, we will present the seminar again in May 22nd, 2014 in London at the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2013 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
NFPA 58, Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code, has requirements for installations in areas with heavy snowfall, which were first added in a TIA in the 1992 edition and then added to the 1995 edition. The requirements were the result of fatalities due to unusually heavy snow in Lake Tahoe, CA area... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2013 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
The recipients of the 2013 Harry C. Bigglestone Award for Excellence in Communication of Fire Protection Concepts are Kristopher Overholt and Ofodike (D.K.) Ezekoye for their paper, “Characterizing Heat Release Rates Using an Inverse Fire Modeling Technique.” Overholt is a graduate student in civil engineering at the University of Texas... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2013 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
New Project: Technical Basis for Separation Distances in NFPA Codes and Standards Recent events, such as the Carbide Industries explosion in Louisville, Kentucky in March of 2011, have raised questions regarding the technical basis for the separation distances between hazardous storage/processes and occupied areas in NFPA standards, many of which... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2013 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
Separation distances are specified in many NFPA codes and standards and have been developed over a number of years with varying technical basis. The Foundation has initiated a project to revisit of the historical basis of selected requirements, and develop information and guidance which may inform a sound technical basis... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2013 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
JOin us at NFPA's Annual Conference in Chicago Jun 10-13 as we review the results of the Foundation's research over the past year. 20 presentations will feature recently completed projects on fire fighter tactics and PPE, suppression strategies for hazardous commodities including lithium ion batteries, evacuation strategies from tall buildings,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2013 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
The latest issue of NFPA Journal features "Safety by Design", the story of IKEA's safety research program. Recent Foundation research is highlighted in that story- but gaps remain in the information needed to provide a cost effective solution for IKEA and other retailers and storage companies whose inventory includes these... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2013 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
Building fire flow requirements for fire department suppression operations are based on decades‐old criteria (ISO guidelines). Over the years, building construction methods, building contents (e.g., furnishings), and fire suppression equipment and tactics have all changed. It is unclear whether current fire flow methodologies are appropriate for today’s built environment. The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2013 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
In 2008, the Foundation published its 5 year research agenda, a seven point plan that has guided our work on the emerging issues facing fire and electrical safety. In January of this year we surveyed our stakeholders and NFPA technical staff to identify new issues and the areas where we... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2013 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
In 2008 the Foundation conducted a comprehensive assessment of the installed cost of home fire sprinklers across the U.S. NFPA has recommissioned the study to review current costs against the 2008 benchmark study to better understand the relationship between adoptions, various elements of cost (installation, materials) and total costs, how... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2013 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
We will be conducting a unique research planning exercise at Supdet and I hope you can participate. We are using the interactive workshop on Wednesday afternoon February 27th at Supdet in Orlando to take the first step to develop a research plan for three projects that have been on our... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2013 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
In 2008, the Fire Protection Research Foundation published its 5 year Strategic Research Agenda, which has played an important role in guiding our activities over the past four years. That agenda was developed in part through a broad outreach in our community to identify emerging issues in fire safety likely... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2013 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
New Project Evaluation of Fire Service Training Fires Each year thousands of fire fighters are injured during training, and occasionally some are fatally injured. Live fire training evolution is an effective and popular training method, but it’s also one that exposes the trainees to significant hazards. One common cause of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2013 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
In November of 2012, the Foundation conducted a symposium centered on the challenges and tensions around the intersection of fire safety and sustainable building design. Building designers, many of them from Chicago's global sustainable building design community, presented trends in "green" design - ranging from photovoltaic building skins to innovative... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2012 at Fire Protection Research Foundation