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Course will meet Mondays, 7:30 - 9:25 pm; Room 142 East Sibley (first meeting)

ARCH 465 (4605) Special Topics in Construction: Fire Safety
A seminar examining advanced topics in building fire safety
Prof. Jonathan Ochshorn
3 credit hours, Prerequisite or corequisite: ARCH 262/562 or permission of instructor
Satisfies "technology" elective requirement for B.Arch. students
Meeting time: Monday evenings, 7:30 - 9:25 pm

The course is currently under development. Probable topics include:

  • Fire behavior and fire science
  • Egress (including shafts, corridors, accesesibility concerns)
  • Sprinklers
  • Special wall considerations (exterior walls, fire walls, fire barriers, fire partitions)
  • Fire-resistance ratings for assemblies (including World Trade Center case study)
  • Penetrations (in floors; in rated walls), and atria
  • Compartmentation
  • Smoke management
  • Signage, warnings, alarms
  • Passive versus active strategies
  • General procedures for computing height and area limits
  • Finishes, flame-spread ratings
  • Fire command centers
  • Site issues
Coursework will include reading relevant sections of the International Building Code and other references, viewing films and videos (showing building fires in popular culture as well as from a technical standpoint), building case study analyses, and a final project geared to individual interests.

Course outline (includes weekly reading assignments)

Course poster

Curricular presentation slides, 8-23-06

Online version of International Building Code (IBC)

Assign#1 | Assign#2 | Final project


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last updated: 13 October 2006

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