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FSNA has launched short-term campaigns to investigate specific topics. FSNA engages subject matter experts to develop unbiased research and technical papers on specific topics. FSNA has prepared position papers for distribution to participants in the code development processes, including committee members, prior to the hearings, technical committee meetings, and technical committee report sessions. The papers substantiate FSNA positions on significant code changes of interest to the passive fire protection industry and provide the rationale for those positions.

FSNA has established a library of articles and papers which supports the safety layering position. Numerous other committees and organizations have substantiated the need for safety layers as a means to ensure continuity of operations, improve sustainability, increase durability, increase adaptability for reuse, increase resistance to disasters.

Project Fail-Safe: 2014-2017 NASFM Fire Research & Education Foundation

Project FAIL-SAFE, under the direction of the National Association of State Fire Marshals Fire Research & Education Foundation, will examine the value of safety layering in buildings in a multi-step, multi-year study. In the context of building/fire safety and community resiliency, this project will investigate the value of safety layering, or reliability enhancement, in a …

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Worcester Polytechnical Institute Study 2014-2015

Fire Safe North America initiated and completed a study with Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) entitled, “Impact of Smoke Compartment Size on Horizontal Evacuation Time in Healthcare Facilities.” Dozens of weekly teleconferences kept FSNA members informed during the study of the progress and also the outcome, which resulted in the approval of a compromise agreement between …

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Jensen Hughes Technical Paper 2013-2015

Fire Safe North America worked with Mike Ferreira, VP of Jensen Hughes, to complete a multi-phase research and technical paper based on the study entitled, “Impact of Stairwell Pressurization on Elevator/Ventilation Shaft Stack Effect.” This multi-year study was the single most important technical contribution for the disapproval of code change G200 in the Group A …

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“Full Throttle” Campaign 2006-2007

In light of our successes and losses in the 2006 IBC, the FSNA carefully reflected on and evaluated which strategies and tactics are “working” well for the FSNA in order to establish the next set of strategies and tactics. In order to grow the organization and to expand FSNA outreach and educational programs, the Board …

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“Fast Track” Campaign 2004-2005

The Fast Track campaign was intended to reach directly to, or otherwise contact, specific individuals who are thought-leaders at ICC – either through their chapters or in one-to-one meetings. FSNA submitted 24 code change proposals to the 2006 Edition of the International Building Code. During the Fast Track campaign, the FSNA sent out packages of …

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“Alliance for Fire Safety” Campaign 2003-2004

Dr. Gene Corley, lead investigator in the World Trade Center fire, served as the AFS spokesperson. His opinion piece outlining concerns about the International Building Code and over-reliance on sprinklers was sent to op ed-page editors at more than 1,000 newspapers, and resulted in nearly 122 placements, including major market “dailies” such as the New …

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