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Thursday, March 24, 2022
8:00 am – 3:30 pm PST (incl. a 40-min break)


Presented by
Robert Gerard, PE
Connor Reuss, PE
David Phillips, PE

Building Code Overview
What are common building code requirements for ventilation?
• Ventilation equipment
• Penetration protection
When are ventilation requirements applicable?
• Applicable building code
• Common conditions that require ventilation
Why are they required?
• Acceptable level of risk
Fundamentals of when/how to provide fire performance
• Symmetrical vs non-symmetrical
• Continuity vs. test standards
Ventilation requirements
• Applications
• Penetrations
• Shaft extensions
Limitations of designs
• Built fire resistive rated assemblies vs product assemblies
• Listings/approved designs
Watch-its/common mistakes

Mechanical Code Overview
• Differences between grease duct and fire rated ventilation duct
• Industry jargon
Ventilation requirements
• Hazardous exhaust applications
• Penetrations with and without fire dampers
• Temperature control by insulation and clearance
Limitations of designs
• Damper compatibility
• Accessories
Watch-its/common mistakes

Fire Criteria Focus
Fundamentals NFPA 1 and 101
• Symmetrical vs non-symmetrical
• Continuity
• Test standards and industry jargon
Ventilation requirements NFPA 90A and 96
• Applications
• Penetrations
• Zero clearance and shaft protection
Limitations of designs
• Hanging systems
• Firestopping designs
Watch-its/common mistakes

Smoke Control System Considerations
• IBC 909/IMC 513
• NFPA 92 and 90A
• Fire-rated ventilation duct for four methods of smoke control
Ventilation requirements
• Duct protection
• In line fan protection
• Power and control protection
• Dedicated vs non-dedicated equipment
Limitations of designs
• Smoke modes/sequences
• Fireman’s over-ride panels
Watch-its/common mistakes

Alternate Means for Fire-Rated Ducts and Enclosures
Fundamentals of equivalent fire resistance
• Test standards and acceptance criteria
• Prescriptive compliance
• Alternative methods (equivalence)
• Code modifications (variance)
Limitations of designs
• Symmetrical vs non-symmetrical
• Continuity
• Hose stream testing
• Temperature control
Watch-its/common mistakes

Stairwell Pressurization Through AC179
• AC179 Scope and associated fire-rated ventilation duct configurations from ISO and ASTM test standards
• Shaft replacement mean symmetry protection
Alternative protection for fire damper omission
Limitations of designs
• Evaluation service reports and their associated IAS tested designs
• Analyzing probable fire scenarios for penetrations with and without fire dampers
• Following the most stringent criteria when multiple sections apply
Watch-its/common mistakes
• Avoiding pressurization design to failure scenarios


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Professional Engineers:
6.0 PDHs

6.0 HSW CE Hours

AIA:     (AIA credits only available for attending live Webinar)
6.0 LU|HSW

International Code Council:
.6 CEUs (Fire)


Continuing Education Credit Information
California – Complying with Fire, Building and Mechanical Codes
This webinar offers a 6.0 hour continuing education opportunity to California professional engineers and architects. Continuing education is not required for license maintenance in California.

Professional engineers and architects seeking continuing education credit in other states will be able to claim the hours earned through this webinar, in most cases. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.0 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES.

The International Code Council has approved this event for .6 CEUs in the specialty area of Fire (Preferred Provider No. 1232).

Visit this course listing at for updates on pending credits.

Completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete this event, respond to all prompts, and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation (multiple attempts allowed).


Robert Gerard PE

Coffman Engineers, San Diego, California office.
With more than a decade of experience working in countries around the world, including the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom, Mr. Gerard brings an international perspective focused on performance-based design and code compliance to the US regulatory environment. His work includes major mixed-use buildings, warehouses, distribution centers, research and testing facilities, hotels, resort casinos, transportation centers, museums, high-rises and office buildings, as well as numerous publications and educational seminars, workshops and conferences. Many of Mr. Gerard’s projects have involved complex fire safety issues, often utilizing advanced computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and finite element modeling (FEM), peer review teams, and engagement with approval authorities. His specialties include smoke control design, mass timber buildings and structural optimization utilizing state-of-the-art fire and smoke modeling software to demonstrate safety through performance-based design approaches, including engagement with approval authorities to gain approval for performance-based alternate means and methods requests.

David Phillips PE

Coffman Engineers, San Diego, California office
Mr. Phillips has ten years of experience with professional fire protection and building code consulting along with conceptual design and special inspection of smoke control systems. His experience includes conceptual design and special inspection of both passive and active smoke control systems in high-rises; smoke exhaust systems in atria and hybrid pressurization-airflow systems; modeling and evaluation of smoke control systems using CONTAM and FDS; plan review of sprinkler and fire alarm systems; code consulting for egress analysis, height and area, construction type, opening protection, vertical openings, and exterior walls; engineering judgements for rated assemblies; as well as alternate materials and methods reports for travel distances, exterior claddings, and construction materials. Mr. Phillip’s project experience includes airport terminals, high-rise apartments, office buildings and hotels, distilleries, warehouses and hospitals. He has engaged with numerous regulatory authorities including CSFM, HCAI, NAVFAC, GSA, UC fire marshals and City and County code officials.

Connor Reuss PE

Coffman Engineers, San Diego, California office Before joining the mechanical engineering team at Coffman Engineers, Mr. Reuss was the Senior Mechanical & Fire Plan Review Engineer at a reputable private plan review and inspection company in Southern California. In addition to receiving his professional engineering license in mechanical engineering, he is an ICC certified Mechanical Plans Examiner, ICC certified Plumbing Plans Examiner, ICC certified Energy Plans Examiner and NFPA certified Fire Plans Examiner. Being an expert on the code, Mr. Reuss brings a unique perspective to the design process. He has been a part of several major projects including multistory mixed-use buildings, warehouses, OSHPD regulated hospitals, OSHPD regulated clinics, OSHPD regulated correctional facilities, research and lab facilities, hotels, resort casinos, DSA regulated educational facilities and office buildings. Along with his work, Mr. Reuss is a part-time professor at San Diego State University (SDSU). He and a colleague co-teach a course within the SDSU College of Engineering.

AIA Info

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: California – Complying with Fire, Building and Mechanical Codes

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This course examines California’s compliance requirements for design, construction, fire protection and life safety systems found in the applicable building, mechanical and fire codes.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to reference and comply with ventilation requirements found in California’s building and mechanical codes.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to identify and describe the limitations of certain ventilation systems and avoid common mistakes when working with the NFPA Fire (1) and Life Safety (101) codes.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to reference and comply with California’s building, mechanical and fire codes when designing and installing smoke control systems.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to reference and comply with code provisions for stairwell pressurization in California.

LUs: 6.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with code compliance concepts

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 01/18/2025

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Streamable MP4/PDF Price: $329.00


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