Structures framed with structural steel, wood, and concrete can all experience a building fire. The combination of steel’s non-combustibility and effective fire protection methods to minimize loss has resulted in steel buildings being recognized for their superior performance in fires. This program provides an introductory overview of fire protection for structural steel buildings so that attendees can make better-informed decisions on protecting structures from fire.
- Identify the different roles that the architect, structural engineer, and fire protection engineer play in designing fire protection for steel structures.
- Compare the behavior of wood, concrete, and steel structures in the presence of fire.
- Compare and contrast the pros and cons of sprinklers, spray-applied fire-resistive materials, gypsum board, intumescent coatings, and cementitious materials for structural steel frames.
- Describe performance-based design, its applicability to structural steel framing systems, and identify examples of its efficiencies in design.