Resiliency – Consideration Beyond Code Requirements
Date: January 27, 2021
Time: Noon – 1:00 pm CST
Presenter:Shamim Rashid-Sumar, PE, FSFPE (Vice President, Fire Codes and Standards at the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association)
Credits: 1 PDH and/or 1 AIA CES LU/HSW (AIA Course #MCC012721)
Registration Link: https://cvent.me/4BqYRe
Description: Prescriptive building code requirements represent provisions for the least safe structure that may legally be built in a jurisdiction. Over the past 20 years, the building design and construction industry have witnessed an increase in the number of trade-offs of passive fire safety features for active systems. As natural disasters attributed to climate change continue to escalate, the population of neighborhoods located along with the wildland-urban interface increases, and fire and emergency access to buildings in densely populated areas is obstructed, multiple drivers arise to consider more robust construction for our built environment.
The presentation will provide an overview of increased risks from natural and human hazards, identify approaches to mitigate their effects through voluntary and mandatory strategies and demonstrate the importance of incorporating standards for resiliency beyond minimum code requirements.
- 1. Recognize the increased risks from natural hazards and how resilient construction can support long-term sustainability by addressing life safety and building functionality
- 2. Identify approaches to mitigate the effects of natural hazards
- 3. Underpin a community’s economic vitality and safety through natural hazard mitigation
- 4. Demonstrate the importance of incorporating resilient standards in construction
Speaker Bio: Shamim Rashid-Sumar is Vice President, Fire Codes and Standards for the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, a national trade association representing the concrete industry. Based in New York, she works with National Model Building Codes and Standards organizations to advocate for non-combustible construction and provides technical support regarding codes, standards, regulations, and legislation at the national, state, and local level. Shamim is a fellow of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers where she also serves on the Board of Directors. She is a principal member of NFPA Technical Committees on Building Construction, Fire Protection Features, Residential Occupancies, and Structure, Construction, and Materials. Shamim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Protection Engineering and a Minor citation in French Language and Cultures from the University of Maryland College Park.
About the Sustainable Structures Webinar Series
The Sustainable Structures Webinar Series was developed cooperatively by cast-in-place and precast concrete associations from the Midwest region of the United States including Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The goal of the cooperative effort is to bring a greater awareness of the sustainable and resilient nature of concrete building systems to the design, construction, and development communities via quality continuing education programs.