High-Rise Facade Fires: A World Wide Concern

  • 09 May 2016
  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Monterey Hill Restaurant, 3700 Ramona Blvd., Monterey Park, CA 91754


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High-Rise Facade Fires: A World Wide Concern

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11:30AM: Networking 

12:00PM: Introductions and lunch

12:30PM:  Presentation 

1:30PM:  Conclusion of Meeting 


Douglas H Evans, P.E., FSFPE


Due to a number of high-profile losses, the Fire Protection Research Foundation initiated a study of worldwide exterior façade fires. The goal of this initial phase was to compile loss information and relevant test methods. An overview of those findings, along with additional losses that have occurred since the initial study concluded will be covered in this presentation. The final report can be obtained from the NFPA Research Foundation at: "Fire Hazards of Exterior Wall Assemblies Containing Combustible Components". Although fires involving combustible exterior wall assemblies are low frequency events, the resulting consequences in terms of property loss and occupant safety can be excessive as demonstrated by select fire incidents.


After 22 years as a Fire Protection Engineer with Clark County (Nevada) Building Department, Mr. Evans founded DHE FPE LLC to provide specialized consulting services to the construction industry. In his position with Clark County, his primary focus was coordinating fire protection aspects for the mega-resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. Although this specialization requires a working knowledge of most fire protection aspects, Mr. Evans is primarily recognized for his knowledge of smoke management systems, plastics/foam plastics in building construction and unique interior features. Due to his involvement with The Monte Carlo Exterior Facade Fire, he was invited to participate on the NFPA Research Foundation Task Group reviewing worldwide exterior façade fires. Mr. Evans is a Fellow of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, member of NFPA and a registered Fire Protection Engineer.


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