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Sustainable Structures Webinar -Resilliency-Consideration Beyond Code Requirements

  • January 27, 2021
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Resiliency – Consideration Beyond Code Requirements

Date: January 27, 2021

Time: Noon – 1:00 pm CST

Presenter:Shamim Rashid-Sumar, PE, FSFPE (Vice President, Fire Codes and Standards at the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association)

Credits:Pending AIA approval.  Submitted for review. (AIA Course #MCC012721)

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Description: Prescriptive building code requirements represent provisions for the least safe structure that may legally be built in a jurisdiction. Over the past 20 years, the building design and construction industry have witnessed an increase in the number of trade-offs of passive fire safety features for active systems. As natural disasters attributed to climate change continue to escalate, the population of neighborhoods located along with the wildland-urban interface increases, and fire and emergency access to buildings in densely populated areas is obstructed, multiple drivers arise to consider more robust construction for our built environment.

The presentation will provide an overview of increased risks from natural and human hazards, identify approaches to mitigate their effects through voluntary and mandatory strategies and demonstrate the importance of incorporating standards for resiliency beyond minimum code requirements.

Learning Objectives:

  • 1.    Recognize the increased risks from natural hazards and how resilient construction can support long-term sustainability by addressing life safety and building functionality
  • 2.    Identify approaches to mitigate the effects of natural hazards
  • 3.    Underpin a community’s economic vitality and safety through natural hazard mitigation
  • 4.    Demonstrate the importance of incorporating resilient standards in construction

Speaker Bio: Shamim Rashid-Sumar is Vice President, Fire Codes and Standards for the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, a national trade association representing the concrete industry.  Based in New York, she works with National Model Building Codes and Standards organizations to advocate for non-combustible construction and provides technical support regarding codes, standards, regulations, and legislation at the national, state, and local level.  Shamim is a fellow of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers where she also serves on the Board of Directors.  She is a principal member of NFPA Technical Committees on Building Construction, Fire Protection Features, Residential Occupancies, and Structure, Construction, and Materials.  Shamim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Protection Engineering and a Minor citation in French Language and Cultures from the University of Maryland College Park.

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