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Wednesday, December 13, 2023
9:00 am – 5:00 pm CST

Presented by: Geza Szakats, PE, LEED AP


  • Code layout
  • Scope and purpose of code
  • Application and equivalency
  • Key definitions
  • Occupancy groups
  • Special requirements based on occupancy (high-rise and underground buildings, atrium, open parking structures, etc.)

Construction Types and Fire-Resistance Ratings

  • Learn about the building code and fire safety priorities
  • What are the different building construction types
  • How to perform allowable area calculations
  • When to classify mixed occupancies as accessory, separated, or non-separated
  • Learn about the fire separation requirements related to residential and institutional occupancies
  • What are the differences between the various types of fire-resistance-rated walls
  • Learn about the challenges of fire wall and “podium” construction
  • How to use various options to protect floor openings

Means of Egress

  • Learn about the means of egress requirements
  • Identify the different components of the means of egress
  • How to determine the occupant load
  • How to determine the minimum required widths
  • Learn about the different means of egress elements
  • How to determine when fire-resistance-rated separations are required
  • When exit signs and emergency means of egress illumination are required

Combustible Materials in Buildings

  • Allowable combustible construction materials
  • Exterior wall coverings
  • Interior finishes
  • Decorations and trims
  • Building content
  • Plastics

Fire Protection Systems

  • Automatic fire sprinkler systems
  • Standpipes
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fire alarm and detection systems
  • Smoke control systems
  • Special hazard protection


Webinar Instructions

All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

Certificates of completion can be downloaded in PDF form upon passing a short quiz. A link to the quiz will be sent to each qualifying attendee immediately after the webinar. The certificate can be downloaded from the Results page of the quiz upon scoring 80% or higher.

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Professional Engineers:
7.0 PDHs

7.0 HSW CE Hours

International Code Council:
.7 CEUs (Fire)


Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 7.0 PDHs for professional engineers and 7.0 HSW continuing education hours for licensed architects in all states that allow this learning method. Please refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700) and North Carolina (S-0130). HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers and architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i)(2)). Other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 7.0 HSW LUs (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES.

The International Code Council has approved this event for .7 CEUs in the specialty area of Fire (Preferred Provider No. 1232).

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the webinar for those who attend the entire course and score a minimum 80% on the quiz that follows the course (multiple attempts allowed).

On-Demand Credits

The preceding credit information only applies to the live presentation. This course in an on-demand format may not be eligible for the same credits as the live presentation; please consult your licensing board(s) to ensure that a structured, asynchronous learning format is appropriate. The following pre-approvals may be available for the on-demand format upon request:

7.0 HSW LUs (AIA)


Geza Szakats, PE, LEED, AP


Mr. Szakats is the Holmes Project Director with expertise in hospitality, residential, commercial, and high-rise projects. He brings over 20 years of experience in fire protection engineering and performance-based code compliance. He is passionate about helping clients realize unique and ambitious building designs.

Mr. Szakats began his career in fire protection at a fire sprinkler contractor in 1998. After gaining extensive experience in designing and installing high performance fire sprinkler, standpipe and fire pump systems, he started working in the fire protection consulting field, first with Schirmer Engineering (currently Jensen-Hughes) and later with Arup in the San Francisco area, where he lead Arup’s fire protecting engineering group in San Francisco. Currently, Mr. Szakats is leading the fire protection engineering/code consulting practice in the US for Holmes.

Mr. Szakats enjoys highlighting to his clients the many benefits various fire protection engineering approaches can provide for the built environment, including providing occupant and fire fighter safety and asset protection while helping to achieve aesthetic goals and the desired flexibility in building use.

Mr. Szakats is a recipient of the SFPE D. Peter Lund Award, a high industry honor recognizing his work advancing the fire protection engineering profession. He is also a longstanding member of the SFPE Subcommittee on PE Exam Development, keeping engineering licensure examinations aligned with established national standards.

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: Complying with the Fire/Life Safety Provisions of the International Building Code (2021)

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This seven-hour course explains the requirements of and compliance strategies for the fire/life safety provisions of the 2021 IBC. The course focuses on the requirements impacting various construction types, fire-resistance ratings, egress design, combustible materials, and fire protection systems.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to perform allowable area calculations and recognize when to classify mixed occupancies as accessory, separated or non-separated.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to determine the occupant load, the minimum required widths and when fire-resistance rated separations are required.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to identify combustible materials in buildings, including exterior wall coverings, interior finishes, decorations and trims.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to utilize fire protection systems, including automatic fire sprinklers, alarms, standpipes, extinguishers and more.

LUs: 7.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with code compliance

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 10/20/2026

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.

Streamable MP4/PDF Price: $329.00

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