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Smoke management is a term used to describe the methods implemented to passively or actively control the movement of smoke within the built environment in the interest of providing safety to occupants, fire fighters and property. Smoke management methods include compartmentation, pressurization, airflow and buoyancy. It has been used to simulate smoke movement in multizone facilities, to analyze the performance of smoke control systems including stairwell pressurization systems and to aid in the performance of tenability "occupant safety" analysis. Analysis of smoke management requires the consideration of the interaction of the many different building characteristics and driving forces that affect smoke movement.

AFSCC Sprinkler Analysis

Whether one is preparing a performance design or working with a prescriptive code, the reliability of fire protection systems and features must be considered. Budnick1 explains that reliability includes both operational reliability and performance reliability. Full Article »

Balanced Approach to Fire Safety

When it comes to protecting people and property, a mix of active and passive fire protection measures is the best choice. Full Article »

ICC Codes Development Hearing Schedule

An updated list of proposed code changes: NFPA101, NFPA80, NFPA105, NFPA730, etc. Full Article »

ICC Code Change History

This listing is not intended to be all inclusive. Includes code changes submitted to the following codes: IBC- General (G), IBC-Egress (E), IBC-Fire Safety (FS), and IFC (F). Full Article »

ICC International Code Adoptions

It is likely that your jurisdiction has adopted at least some of the ICC code changes. Click here, then click on your state to see a listing of what codes have been adopted.

National Institute of Standards (NIST) and the World Trade Center (WTC)

As part of the WTC investigation, the National Institute of Standards (NIST) is issuing draft recommendations for public comment that identify the way buildings are designed, constructed, maintained,and used and in evacuation and emergency response procedures. Full Article »

The Impact of Building Code Changes on Fire Service Safety

Dramatic changes have been made in U.S. building codes over the past several years, but most of these changes have been made without significant input from those who face the dangerous challenges of fire suppression – the fire services. Full Article »

The Building Codes Are Changing: Should Anyone Be Worried?

Building codes are used in communities throughout the United States to ensure that our buildings—and especially public buildings—meet some accepted minimum standard that will safeguard the public health, safety and general welfare. Full Article »

Building Standards and Codes: Who is in Charge?

Codes and standards for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of buildings are the documents by which a society states its intent to provide public safety and functionality. Full Article »

National Fire Academy Alumni Association Supports Balanced Construction

A letter written by the NFAAA to Michael Pfeiffer, Vice-President, ICC. The letter states the NFAAA position on an effective balanced approach to fire protection. Full Article »

National Fire Academy Alumni Association Supports Balanced Construction

Public Comments Received by the Code Technology Committee (CTC) of the ICC On The Scope & Objectives Of The Balanced Fire Protection Area Of Study. The first public comment is very negative towards the services and products our industry provides. Full Article »

Codes Organizations


Alliance for Fire and Smoke Containment and Control

The Alliance for Fire and Smoke Containment and Control was established in 1999 by building enforcement, construction, design, and manufacturing professionals in response to the need for a well-coordinated, educational effort to promote the value of a balanced fire protection design in the built environment.


American Fire Sprinkler Association

The American Fire Sprinkler Association is the voice of the merit shop automatic fire sprinkler contractor. In support of the merit shop objective, the American Fire Sprinkler Association promotes the development of educational and training programs to maintain the quality and effectiveness of automatic fire sprinklers, encourages an expanded role for automatic fire sprinklers in protecting lives and property, disseminates information on labor, technology and business, and provides programs to enhance business practices for the merit shop contractor.


Building and Fire Research Laboratory – NIST, National Institute of Standards and Technology

The Building and Fire Research Laboratory studies building materials; computer-integrated construction practices; fire science and fire safety engineering; and structural, mechanical, and environmental engineering. Products of the laboratory's research include measurements and test methods, performance criteria, and technical data that supports innovations by industry and are incorporated into building and fire standards and codes.

Fire Chief Magazine

Fire Chief

Established in 1956, FIRE CHIEF is the magazine for "Every Department, Every Leader." The monthly "News & Trends" and our quarterly "Technology Update" aim to keep chiefs abreast of the developments that affect them and their communities at the local, state and federal levels.


Firestop Contractors International Association

Member organizations to be recognized throughout the construction industry as preferred quality contractors of life safety firestop systems. FCIA Member Contractors are committed to providing consistent, high quality firestop systems as a critical part of Effective Compartmentation.


FirstSource – Building Code Library

FirstSource’s exclusive national codes resource provides you with detailed information on building codes for all 50 states, major cities, and some counties. We have information on codes and amendments as well as contact information for up to 17 authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) in each market. You must register at this site. Registration is free.


International Code Council

Providing the highest quality codes, standards, products, and services for all concerned with the safety and performance of the built environment.


National Association of State Fire Marshals

To protect human life, property and the environment from fire.
To improve the efficiency and effectiveness of State Fire Marshals' operations.


National Fire Protection Association

The mission of the international nonprofit NFPA is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating scientifically-based consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. NFPA membership totals more than 75,000 individuals from around the world and more than 80 national trade and professional organizations.


National Fire Sprinkler Association

To create a market for the widespread acceptance of competently installed automatic fire sprinkler systems in both new and existing construction, from homes to high-rise.


NIST and the World Trade Center

In response to the WTC tragedy, the National Institute of Standards and Technology conducted a 3-year building and fire safety investigation to study the factors contributing to the probable cause (or causes) of post-impact collapse of the WTC Towers (WTC 1 and 2) and WTC 7; expanded its research in areas of high-priority need such as prevention of progressive collapse, fire resistance design and retrofit of structures, and fire resistive coatings for structural steel; and is reaching out to the building and fire safety communities to pave the way for timely, expedited considerations of recommendations stemming from the investigation.


Underwriters Laboratories

UL is the trusted source across the globe for product compliance. Benefiting a range of customers - from manufacturers and retailers to consumers and regulating bodies - we’ve tested products for public safety for more than a century.