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The Next Five Years in Fire and Electrical Safety

The Next Five Years in Fire and Electrical Safety – Updating the Foundation’s
Strategic Research Agenda

November 13-14, 2013, Washington, DC
District Architecture Center
421 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC

In 2008, the Foundation published its 5 year research agenda (PDF, 203 KB) – a seven point plan that has guided our work on the emerging issues facing fire and electrical safety. In January of this year we surveyed our stakeholders and NFPA technical staff to identify new issues and the areas where we need to refocus our efforts. The results have pointed us toward some new directions as well as toward some unfinished business. Join us November 13-14, 2013 in Washington DC as we engage leaders in our industry and beyond in furthering the discussion.

In preparation for this watershed conference, four industry leaders presented their perspectives on the emerging issues likely to impact safety in the next five years. View presentations on electrical safety (PDF, 246 KB)smart building trends (PDF, 269 KB)post fire-ground challenges for emergency responders (PDF, 236 KB) and tomorrow’s storage warehouse protection (PDF, 724 KB) and plan to join us in Washington to further the dialogue.

Registration fee is $235 till October 15; $295 after Oct. 15. Fee includes morning and afternoon refreshments and reception on Nov. 13; morning refreshments on Nov. 14.





Welcome, Reflection on Impact of the 2008 Research Agenda on the Foundation

James Shannon, President, National Fire Protection Association, Chairman, Fire Protection Research Foundation Board of Trustees

9:15 The Changing Urban Landscape Antony Wood, Executive Director, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat



Panel Session – Fire Safety in the Changing Urban Landscape

Dan O’Connor, Chief Technical Officer, Aon Fire Protection Engineering
Carl Wren, Chief Engineer, Engineering Services Division, Austin Fire Department
Adam Thiel, Fire Chief,  City of Alexandria, VA
Tareq Wafaie, Clarion Associates



SMART Buildings:  how sensor and information technologies are transforming the built environment

G. Sandy Diehl, III, Chairman, American Architectural Foundation






Panel session –SMART Buildings and  Fire and Electrical Safety

Dr. Andre Marshall, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland
Dr. Anthony Putorti, Engineering Laboratory, NIST
Dr. Daniel Nilsson, LUND University
Dr. Aleksandar Duric, Siemens Industry



The Changing Materials Landscape: Emerging Trends in Green Buildings

Bill Walsh, Healthy Building Network



Panel session – Responding to the Sustainability Challenge

Dr. Thomas Chapin, Vice President, Research, Underwriters Laboratories
Russ Fleming, President, National Fire Sprinkler Association
Fiona Cousins, Associate, Arup (invited)
Dr. Gavin Horn, IFSI Director of Research, University of Illinois





5:00 – 6:30



9:00 a.m.

The Changing Nature of  Building Contents  

Jan Lagerblad, Director, Risk Management Group, IKEA


Panel Session - Maintaining fire safety with changing building contents

Dr. Frederick Mowrer, Director, Fire Protection Engineering Programs, CalPoly University
Peter Holland, Chief Fire And Rescue Advisor, UK Government
Dr. Thomas Hales, Senior Epidemiologist, NIOSH
Dr. Louis Gritzo, Vice President, Research, FM Global


The Challenge for the Foundation: integrating research to meet codes and standards needs

Kathleen Almand, Executive Director, Fire Protection Research Foundation



James Shannon


Program Committee: Tom Chapin, Underwriters Laboratories Inc., Phil DiNenno, Hughes Associates Inc., Ken Dungan, Risk Technologies, LLC, Louis Gritzo, FM Global, William Haskell, NIOSH, Andre Marshall, University of Maryland 

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