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Annual Meeting and Codes Conference Schedule of Events

           AFAA's 2017 Annual Meeting and Codes Conference

      Schedule of Events and Educational Program Descriptions

All educational sessions are underlined and each educational program description is listed below based upon the number identified after each topic


Tuesday, April 25, 2017 


6:00 am – 8:00 am Breakfast – Embassy Suites Lobby


 8:00 am – 12:00 pm AFAA Board of Directors Meeting


12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch– on your own…

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Directors Round Table Discussion

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Opening Welcome Reception and Conference Registration



Wednesday, April 26, 2017


6:00 am – 8:00 am Breakfast – Embassy Suites Lobby

8:00 am – 10:15 am AFAA Business Meeting, Election of Officers, Champions Report, AFAA Awards, Member Association Reports

8:30 am – 3:00 pm Spouse / Companion Event

10:15 am – 10:30 am Break

10:30 am – 12:00 pm Exhibitor Showcase Prime

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Luncheon with the Exhibitors

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Education Session - The National Disability Rights Network and the Fire Alarm Industry (09)


2:30 pm – 2:45 pm Break

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm Education Session - Single Family Home Fire Data- What do the Numbers Mean (06)

3:45 pm – 4:30 pm Exhibitor Showcase Prime

4:30 pm – 5:45 pm Cocktail Hour with the Exhibitors

5:50 – Buses Depart Embassy Suites for The Monterey Bay Aquarium 

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Private Reception at The Monterey Bay Aquarium 

(Attendees, Guests, and Exhibitors are Invited to attend as part of their registration. Busing is provided to and from the Aquarium).
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a non-profit public aquarium located in Monterey, California,. The aquarium was founded in 1984 and is located on the site of a former sardine cannery on Cannery Row. 


Thursday, April 27, 2017

6:00 am – 8:00 am Breakfast – Embassy Suites Lobby

8:00 am – 9:00 am Education Session - Fire Detection and Alarm Emerging Markets (08)

9:00 am – 09:30 am Break 

09:30 am – 10:30 am Education Session - Understanding Water-Based Fire Protection Systems and their Fire Alarm Devices (15)

10:30 am – 11:30 am Education Session - Smoke Control Systems Considerations (18)

11:30 am – 1:00 pm Lunch on your own…

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Education Session Room A - Fire Alarm Inspections- 25 Steps to Failure (03)
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Education Session Room B - Case Study on Elevator as Egress- 181 Fremont St, San Francisco (12)

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Education Session Room A - 3rd Party Reporting Why It’s Working (10)
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Education Session Room B - Indirect Viewing of Visual Signals (17)

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm Break

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm Education Session Room A - Increasing Fire Alarm Compliance and Collaboration with our AHJ’s using Web-Based Applications (02)
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm Education Session Room B - Data Center Industrialization – The New Standard.  Are We Keeping Pace? (14)

4:15 pm – 5:15 pm Education Session Room A - Program to be announced
4:15 pm – 5:15 pm Education Session Room B - Understanding ADS (7)

Evening Program "On Your Own": Explore Monterey Bay, Carmel, and Sea Side California. 


Friday, April 28, 2017

7:00 am – 8:00 am Breakfast – Embassy Suites Lobby

8:00 am – 9:00 am Education Session - The 2019 National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code- Proposed Changes (11)

9:00 am – 9:30 am Break

9:30 am – 10:30 am Education Session - “Critical Skills” for Individual and Team Success (1)

10:30 am – 11:30 am Education Session - Food for Thought... Or Thoughts Before Food (19)

12:00 pm – Conference and Annual Meeting Adjourns …….. Please Travel Safety….. 


                Conference Program Descriptions Listed Below

1. “Critical Skills” for Individual and Team Success: Communication, Influence and Emotional Intelligence.
Presented by: Bruce Bolger

“Critical Skills for Personal and Team Success” is a highly interactive program designed to identify and eliminate potential blind spots to those behaviors which could be sabotaging performance, and creating dysfunctional cultures impacting safety, quality, productivity and customer relations. The speaker utilizes reliable videos and personal stories to drive home key elements, which will positively impact attendees and performance.


2. “Increasing Fire Alarm Compliance and Collaboration with our AHJs using Web-Based Applications”
Presented by: Jill Cotton, IROL

Inspection, testing and maintenance (ITM) prescribed in NFPA 72 assist in improving system reliability and performance which have direct benefits toward the fire and life safety environment. Descriptive research has been utilized to examine the processes associated with the ITM documentation and reporting of fire alarm systems and the delivery of critical data needed for our Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) to address impediments to their current processes.

This presentation addresses the workload and staffing of today’s modern fire prevention bureau, the importance of collaboration with external stakeholders (i.e. inspection companies), and the implementation of web-based applications assisting in supplying fire protection system documentation and communication in a timely manner for overall increasing community compliance. In addition, we will discuss the reliance on our ITM process, its challenges, and the benefits web technology brings to all entities. 

3. Fire Alarm Inspections – 25 Steps to Failure
Presented by: Jim Mundy, Asset Protection Associates

This seminar targets the 25 reasons why fire alarm inspections are deficient and provides specific code referenced material so leading the
practitioner to success in the testing and pre-inspection process. Suggestions are made to provide specific recommendations which, one
adopted and followed provide the following outcomes:

A. Knowledge and application of code accepted practices that assist practitioners in preparing for acceptance testing without degrading the process. This approach provides guidance and acceptance of methodologies congruent with the project needs.
 
B. Participant awareness of the total complexity required for multifaceted systemic testing in accordance with NFPA 72,Chapter 14 requirements.

C. Definition for the contractor and/or commissioning agent that assists in the overall cost structure so that achieving the stated goal (passing the inspection) is accomplished not only first time but every time.


6. Single Family Home Fire Data – What do the Numbers Mean? 

Presented by: Kevin Kimmel, ClarkNexsen

Several fire safety product manufacturers use single family home fire data produced by the US Fire Administration to prove that their product is necessary for the reduction and/or elimination fire deaths. This marketing logic is used to convince code officials, builders, developers and home owners that their system should be installed as current or beyond code minimum requirements. Are these statistics being accurately represented and are they applicable to all solutions equally? 

This presentation will examine current USFA fire data statistics and their application to the marketing for new home sprinklers and improved fire detection. The statistical impact on the US civilian death rate by fire of these systems and their implementation will be examined. 


7. Understanding Acqoustically Distinguishable Spaces (ADS)
Presented by: Larry Rietz, Jensen-Hughes

With the release of the 2010 Edition of NFPA 72, the concept of Acoustically Distinguishable Spaces was introduced to the fire alarm industry. Since that time, additional revisions have been included. This presentation is designed to bring clarity to what an Acoustically Distinguishable Space (ADS) is and how a designer can identify spaces correctly and design for audibility and intelligibility. Focus will be on both
designer and AHJ implications as it relates to design and system testing. Practical suggestions will be provided on how individual ADS designs can be improved. This presentation will address the ADS requirements of NFPA 72, the steps necessary to design for intelligibility, challenges to system design, and documentation requirements.

This presentation will feature the following learning objectives:
A. What is an acoustically distinguishable space?
B. What four types of notification can be provided in an acoustically distinguishable space?
C. What does a designer and AHJ need to know about specifying an acoustically distinguishable space?
D. How can an ADS design be improved to provide better intelligibility?

8. Fire Detection and Alarm Emerging Markets
Presented by: Makrand Hardekar, UTC Fire & Security

We live in Global economy today. With the technological advancement where the world is moving towards performance based economy, human dependency on automated systems has increased exponentially in the last couple of decades. With the Automated systems in various buildings and Industrial Installations, Human/Capital/Environmental safety has taken a paramount importance. As a result, increase in fire hazards, government and private agencies across the globe are implementing stringent measures to reduce the losses from fire. 

Emerging markets are going to help the attendees to plan and understand the fire alarm industry better worldwide. They will also get to know a bigger picture of industry and will get overall understanding of the pace of the industry and what is going on where and how the local people are taking this in different parts of the world.

Learning Outcomes:
A. Understanding Global Scenario about the industry
B. Technological advancements
C. Challenges and opportunities in Industry

9. The National Disability Rights Network and the Fire Alarm Industry 
Presented by: Mark Larson, Mark Larson and Associates LLC

The session will begin by telling the attendees of the current status of the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) efforts with the US Access Board. Participants will learn of the work to modify the rules for smoke detection and occupant notification in buildings that are required to meet the accessibility standards from the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The session will explain the origin and role of the NDRN and the US Access Board and how they function under the ADA. Attendees will learn how the ADA developed and established the detection and notification requirements incorporated into the changes implemented in 1994. 


10. 3rd Party Reporting Why It’s Working
Presented By: Matthew Rice, Brycer

This session will be an education of how third party reporting is changing the landscape of the fire service industry. We will explore why these solutions are necessary, what 3rd party reporting solutions are, what a fire alarm contractor wants in a solution, and delve into case studies of how AHJs in concert with service providers are delivering compliance at rates never seen before. Specifically, how jurisdictions have decreased false alarms in partnership with service providers from increased inspection testing and maintenance (results are from AHJs with
populations of 30,000 – 4 million) of fire alarm and fire suppression systems. 

This session is pertinent to all attendees no matter their experience, as the basic level professionals will gain a perspective of where the industry is struggling and how technology is addressing the challenges. The intermediate professional will have any concerns answered and the advanced will be better prepared to position themselves for the opportunities these solutions afford their businesses.

Learning Outcomes:
A. Understanding of why this critical for the industry
B. Advantages of 3rd Party Reporting for service providers
C. What you want in a 3rd Party reporting service

11. The 2019 National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code – Proposed Changes  
Presented By: Merton Bunker, PE

The nine NFPA technical committees for NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, have been very busy over the past year as they work through the 2019 revision cycle. NFPA 72 is midway through the revision process for the 2019 edition. There are a number of exciting changes to the Code, to include the incorporation of NFPA 720, Standard for the Installation of Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detection and Warning Equipment into NFPA 72.

This presentation will review this and other significant proposed changes for the 2019 edition of NFPA 72 (and the reasons behind them) as approved by the nine technical committees. 

Learning Outcomes:
A. Participants will be able to identify at least three key proposed changes in the 2019 edition of NFPA 72.
B. Participants will be able to identify at least three new requirements that impact fire alarm or signaling system planning and design.
C. Participants will be able to identify key changes that affect inspection and testing requirements.

12. Case Study – 181 Fremont Street, San Francisco - The first building in the country with Occupant Evacuation Elevators and Occupant Evacuation Operation System.
Presented by: Sagiv Weiss-Ishai, San Francisco Fire Department, Bureau of Fire Prevention

181 Fremont Street, located in downtown San Francisco, is a new 802 feet tall mixed-used high-rise tower containing residential and office occupancies. This building is designed and built in conformance with the 2009 Edition of IBC as modified by the 2010 Edition of the California Building Code (CBC). The IBC allows in Section 403.5.2 an exception for buildings other than Group R-2 that
are more than 420 feet in height, to have an Occupant Evacuation Elevators (OEE) system, in lieu of an additional stairway. In very tall buildings this exception allows a significant increase of the total building area otherwise utilized by the required additional stairway. The Occupant Evacuation Elevator system is designed to partially or fully evacuate the building during fire and non-fire emergencies by using an automatic Occupant Evacuation Operation (OEO) mode for the elevator system which is specified in the national elevator safety code – ASME A17.1-2013.

This presentation will describe the specific features of the 181 Fremont Street building, the design of the OEE and OEO systems and their interface with the building Fire Alarm system. The plan review, permitting and inspection challenges from the Fire Department perspective will be also described and discussed in this presentation.

Learning Outcomes:
A. Attendees will be able to learn about a very interesting and challenging real life project – The first building in the country (and in the world) in full compliance with the IBC and the ASME A17.1 OEE and OEO Codes.
B. Attendees will be able to learn about all the life safety codes associated with the OEE and OEO system, such as the International Building Code Section 3008 (OEE), ASME A17.1-2013 Section 2.27.11 (OEO) and NFPA 72-2016 Section 21.6 (OEO)
C. Attendees will be able to learn about the specific required monitoring and interface between the building Fire Alarm system and the Elevator system, as specified in the IBC, ASME A17.1 and NFPA72 Codes. 

14. Data Center Industrialization - The New Standard. Are We Keeping Pace?
Presenteed By: Steven Joseph, Xtralis - Honeywell

Cooling strategies are transitioning how and where data centers are constructed. These transitions are driven by two key factors; 1) higher heat densities; 2) lower PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness, where the total power being used is compared to the actual power used for the computing equipment itself. The objective is that the ratio be as low as possible.

Many providers are choosing colder climates to build their data center taking advantage of Mother Nature for cooling, coupled with air containment strategies where cooling is focused to the more narrower scope of individual components as opposed to the entire space. While these transitions are enabling providers to meet their lower PUE objectives new challenges are introduced with respect to fire detection, where cooling innovations have effectively outpaced prescriptive measures in terms of how and where we apply smoke detectors.

The presentation will review the various challenges in depth and discuss performance based design methodology being adopted, which take site conditions, operating conditions and owner’s objectives into consideration.

Learning Outcomes:
A. Understanding data center cooling strategies
B. How prescriptive fire detection measures are being outpaced by cooling innovations
C. Performance based fire detection strategies and implementation

15. Understanding Water-Based Fire Protection Systems and their Fire Alarm Devices
Presented by: Terry Victor, SimplexGrinnell

Fire alarm contractors and service providers are encountering more and more issues involving fire sprinkler and other water-based fire protection systems. Most water-based fire protection systems have devices that must now
be connected to a fire alarm system because of NFPA or building code or AHJ requirements, and the interfaces between the two systems can be confusing.

This presentation is intended for those having a basic level understanding of fire sprinkler and other water-based fire protection systems such as water supplies, fire pumps, tanks, standpipes, foam water, water spray, and water mist systems and how they interface with fire alarm systems. Basic design and installation requirements of fire sprinkler systems will be reviewed so fire alarm contractors have a better understanding of the different types of systems and their purpose. The differences between the various water-based fire protection system devices that interface with a fire alarm system will be explained including the type of response needed for each condition sensed by the device, and the requirements for monitoring and providing notification of different signals from the different systems.

Once a fire sprinkler or other water-based fire protection system is installed, acceptance tested, and integrated tested with the fire alarm system, ongoing inspection, testing, and maintenance is required by NFPA 25. These same devices when connected to the fire alarm control unit are also required to be inspected and testing per NFPA 72. Many building owners question whether these common devices need to be inspected and tested by both fire alarm and fire sprinkler service providers. This presentation will explain if a combined inspection or test is possible, and what fire alarm and fire sprinkler service providers must do to ensure these common devices are inspected, tested and maintained to comply with both NFPA 25 and 72.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this session the participant should be able to:
A. Explain the different types of fire sprinkler and other water-based fire protection systems and their purpose including basic design and installation requirements for water supplies, fire pumps, standpipes, water storage tanks, sprinkler, foam water, water spray, and water mist systems;
B. Identify the differences between the various water-based fire protection system devices that interface with a fire alarm system including the type of response needed, and the requirements for monitoring and providing notification of different signals from these systems.
C. Apply the requirements of both NFPA 25 and NFPA 72 when performing inspection, testing, and maintenance of common components and understand the limitations of a combined inspection and test in accordance with these NFPA standards.

17. Indirect Viewing of Visual Signals
Presented by: Underwriters Laboratories (UL)

For many years, Xenon strobes have been used in the fire alarm industry as visual notification appliances. Xenon strobes from different manufacturers have very similar construction and effective intensities. These
strobes usually have a very short pulse duration of around 1 millisecond (0.001 second) resulting in a bright flash that is easily detected by the human eye in both direct and indirect viewing scenarios. NFPA 72 (and related ANSI standard) long had the requirement that the “maximum pulse duration shall be 0.2 seconds” (200 milliseconds) [NFPA 72-2013 18.5.3.2], which Xenon strobes far exceeded.

In recent years, newer LED technology has entered the fire alarm industry. The pulse duration of individual LED appliances varies greatly by manufacturer. Many early LED fire alarm strobes had pulse durations in the 100 – 200 millisecond range, which was still allowable per the NFPA 72 requirement noted above. However, it was noted by some that in certain indirect viewing scenarios, LED strobes did not seem to
provide the same alerting capability as their Xenon counterparts.

In September 2013, a research paper by the Fire Protection Research Foundation performed by the Lighting Research Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute was published that indicated that when viewed in indirect settings, effective intensity may not be predictive of visual detection of signal lights. This information was combined with a Tyco Study, and resulted in the 2016 Edition of NFPA 72 modifying the
code requirement to state a “maximum pulse duration of 20 milliseconds” (0.02 seconds) [NFPA 72-2016 18.5.3.2].

It was at this time that the UL Standards Technical Panel (STP) formed an industry task group on the ‘Indirect Viewing of Visual Signals’. The goal of this task group was to ascertain the detection level of human subjects when exposed to LED strobes of various pulse durations in an indirect viewing scenario. This task group conducted a human factor study in May 2016 of pulse durations of 20 ms – 200 ms and the
results from this testing was formulated into a place-holder public input comment for possible changes to the 2019 Edition of NFPA 72. An additional human factor study was conducted in September 2016 of pulse durations of 5 ms, 10ms, and 20ms strobes. Both of these studies were conducted in a room with a variable ambient light level of 200 lux – 1000 lux. The results of these two studies are being combined into
one white paper in order to further clarify and finalize the possible changes to the 2019 Edition.

We will review the process and results of the testing conducted as well as presenting the conclusions that will have an effect on NFPA 72 going forward. 

This presentation will feature the following learning objectives:
A. How do LED strobes differ from Xenon Strobes?
B. What research has been done to study indirect viewing of visual signals at different pulse durations?
C. What impact will this research have on codes and standards in the future?

18. Smoke Control Systems Considerations
Presented by: Jim Mongeau, Space Age Electronics

This presentation will review the requirements of NFPA 92/204. The two types of classifications of smoke control systems, Define the code requirements for each, Detail levels of operation of Smoke control systems. This will include the hierarchy of system design, installation and testing. Detail review of all the components that make up a passive or active smoke control system. Provide ideas to avoid project delays due to incomplete or incorrect work.

19. Food for Thought... Or Thoughts Before Food
Presented by: Frederick W. Mowrer, Ph.D., Director of Fire Protection Engineering Programs at Cal Poly

Using the AFAA Mission Statement and Vision Statement as a starting point, this talk will address a range of topics that I think are relevant and should be of interest to the fire alarm industry. Among these are:

How can we reduce fire deaths in the US even further? Is there an app for that?
How do we increase public awareness … when it won’t happen to them?
Erosion or opportunity? How do we embrace innovation without compromising reliability?
Is “balanced” fire protection just code for “Don’t forget about us?”
Why can’t we take competency, compliance and “doing the right thing” for granted?
How reliable are fire alarm systems? Do we have the data? If so, where is it?

 
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