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Please log into the webinar 15 – 30 minutes before start time.

8:00 – 8:30 am EDT
Morning Session
8:30 – 11:45 am EDT
Lunch (on your own)
11:45 am – 12:15 pm EDT
Afternoon Session
12:15 – 4:30 pm EDT


Presented by
Justin Biller, P.E., FSFPE, MCP, CFPS, CBO

Fire Protection and Life Safety Design
National and statewide fire codes
• International Fire Code
• National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) codes
• Local codes and ordinances
Scope and purpose of codes and ordinances
Code adoption and enforcement in Virginia
Special occupancies: health care facilities and others

Occupancy Classifications
General requirements and criteria
• Change of use and /or change of occupancy
• Hazard classifications
Life safety issues
Design specifications and scenarios
Evaluation and documentation

Means of Egress
Exit access, discharge and other components
• Impediments to egress
Calculating and determining occupant loads
• Gross vs. net
Arrangement of exits
Equivalency discussion

Fire Protection Features and Equipment
Building materials and components
Fire and smoke protection features
Fire detection, alarm and communication systems
Sprinkler systems
Special occupancies and equipment

Code Compliance Exercises
Case studies:
• New construction
• Changing occupancy of existing buildings


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.

Webinars are presented via GoToWebinar, an easy-to-use application that can be run on most systems and tablets. Instructions and login information will be provided in an email sent close to the date of the webinar. It is highly recommended that you download, install and test the application before the webinar begins by clicking on the link in the email.

GoToWebinar App requirements:
Windows 7 – 10 or Mac OSX Mavericks (10.9) – macOS Catalina (10.15)

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Internet Explorer v11 (or later) with Flash enabled

Internet connection: Minimum of 1Mbps       Hardware: 2GB RAM or more

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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 intended to offer 7.0 PDHs to professional engineers and 7.0 HSW continuing education hours to licensed architects in Virginia. Professionals licensed in other states will be able to claim the hours earned at this webinar, in most cases. 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 LU|HSWs (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.)


Justin Biller, P.E., FSFPE, MCP, CFPS, CBO

Owner and Principal Fire Protection Engineer at Emerson Graham + Associates, Roanoke, VA

Mr. Biller is owner and principal fire protection engineer of Emerson Graham + Associates – a fire protection engineering and code consultancy firm, as well as principal and code consultant for CODEcheck Consulting, a third-party review agency serving multiple local jurisdictions with third-party plan review and inspection services.  He also serves as a fire protection engineer for George Mason University’s (GMU) Office of the University Building Official (OUBO), wherein he reviews fire protection and fire/life safety compliance. He holds registration as a professional engineer in multiple states including Virginia.  Justin is a member of the International Code Council (ICC), a fellow of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), a member of the Automatic Fire Alarm Association (AFAA) and the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA), and a member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), currently serving on four technical committees of which the Building Construction and Life Safety Code chapters are included.  He is an NFPA certified fire protection specialist (CFPS), and he holds the master code professional (MCP), certified building official (CBO), and certified fire official (CFO) certifications, in addition to multiple other code compliance certifications from the ICC.  He is a 2014 graduate of the MSc. Fire Protection Engineering program at California Polytechnic State University, and he is a 2007 undergraduate of the BSc., Engineering Technology program at Old Dominion University.
Mr. Biller is an adjunct lecturer at Eastern Kentucky University and University of North Carolina at Charlotte in each of the respective undergraduate programs in Fire and Safety Engineering Technology.  In his educational background, he has taught on an array of courses including fire and building codes, fire behavior and fire dynamics, human behavior in fire, fire protection systems and hydraulics, fire modeling and performance-based aspects of fire protection engineering design, fire prevention and fire protection public policy.

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 Virginia Fire Protection and Building Codes

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This course examines fire protection and life safety design codes, occupancy classifications, means of egress, fire protection features and equipment, and code compliance in Virginia.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to identify life safety and building codes which require fire protection and fire resistance features, including the International Fire Code and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Codes, and will know which codes apply to specific projects.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to define building occupancies and identify how changes of use and occupancy affect fire protection requirements.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to comply with requirements for fire protection features and equipment, including fire-resistant building materials, fire and smoke protection features, fire detection and alarm systems and sprinkler systems.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to participate in code compliance exercises, applying fire protection code requirements to new construction and to buildings undergoing changes in occupancy.

LUs: 7.0                                                                                           LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with design and code compliance

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 01/10/2025

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