Passive Fire Resistance for Architects


The first and second line of defense to protect life and property in a building are fire detection and suppression. This presentation analyzes the evolution of fire resistant building materials in conjunction with the building code, research resources available to architects and methods to ensure code compliance. Architects specify thousands of building materials for a single project. Many of these materials will have been tested singularly or in combination for their fire resistance. The tested materials are the building’s passive fire resistance system, the third and last line of defense.


Course Topics

  • Passive fire resistance
  • Fire resistant construction
  • Documentation

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize the origins of passive fire resistance.
  • Describe fire resistant construction to a code authority.
  • Explain the resources available to architects, engineering judgements, research and documentation
  • Identify the new frontiers in passive fire resistance.

Target Audience

Multiple roles and levels in an organization including but not limited to:

  • Architects
  • Builders

Participants of the live course are able to receive 1 AIA HSW Learning Unit

If you are interested in this course, please contact: Bruce.Johnson@ul.com

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Time Requirement


Instructor-Led 1 hour

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