AFAA's 2018 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


Monday May 21, 2018 

8:00 am - 12:00 pm Board of Directors Meeting

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Association Round Table Discussion

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Welcome Reception

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

7:00 am - 8:00 am Breakfast with Exhibitors

8:00 am - 11:30 am Business Meeting

11:30 am - 1:00 pm Lunch with Exhibitors

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Education Session: Hospital Fire Alarm System Analysis and Design - A Case Study

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Education Session: Fire Alarm Interface of Smoke Dampers

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm Break

3:15 pm - 4:15 pm Education Session: NFPA 241

4:15 pm - 5:00 pm Education Session: The Impact that NFPA Water Based Standards Will Have on Fire Alarm Systems

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Evening Reception with Exhibitors - including a performance by the Mummers - a local group to the Philadelphia area!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

8:00 am - 9:00 am Education Session: Selling Service Agreements

9:00 am - 10:00 am Education Session: Fire Alarm System Fundamentals

10:00 am - 10:15 am  Break

10:15 am - 11:15 am Education Session: Surviving Survivability - A User's Guide to Survivable Fire Alarm Circuits 

11:15 am - 12:15 pm Education Session: Reducing Unwanted Alarms Through Plan Review and Inspection - an AHJ Perspective

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm Lunch 

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm Education Session: Purposefully Delayed Fire Alarm Notification 

2:15 pm - 3:15 pm Education Session: The National Disability Rights Network and the Fire Alarm Industry / Updates

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm Break 

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Education Session: Fire Protection Systems in the International Existing Building Code (IEBC)

4:30 pm - 5:15 pm Education Session: The Road to Integrated Fire Protection Systems Testing

6:30 pm - 9:30 pm Dinner Cruise: Spirit of Philadelphia (2 blocks from the hotel)

Boarding will begin at 6:30. The cruise is from 7:00 until (approximately) 9:30 pm. The dinner cruise is complimentary for all registered confernece attendees and registered conference spouses / guests to celebrate AFAA's 65-year anniversary

Food, drinks, and a DJ are all included as part of the dinner cruise!


Thursday, May 24, 2018

8:00 am – 9:00 am Education Session: Using the IoT Concept

9:00 am - 10:00 am Education Session: Changes to the 2018 ICC and NFPA Models Codes

10:00 am - 10:15 am Break

10:15 am - 12:15 pm Panel Discussion: NFPA 72 Changes


                Conference Program Descriptions 

Hospital Fire Alarm System Analysis and Design - A Case Study
Presented by: Justin Biller

Examine life safety features of a fire alarm system in an existing high-rise hospital through a case study. System is complex and phased for occupant considerations to minimize impact to patient population and pre-planning to safeguard the hospital’s environment of care and maintain compliance with multiple regulatory and accreditation agencies.

Fire Alarm Interface of Smoke Dampers
Presented by: Jason Lupa

This presentation is a general overview of the concepts and proper code application of interfacing a fire alarm system with fire/smoke dampers. The goal is to provide information that will illustrate the general design considerations along with the key areas of system integration that require coordination with the construction team. The intent of the course is to
contribute to your education and professional growth.

NFPA 241
Presented by: Eric Camiel 

The presentation will overview NFPA 241, Standard for Safeguarding Construction, Alteration and Demolition Operations and how its requirements impact fire alarm systems and installing contractors. The presentation will conclude with case studies of recent fire events where NFPA 241 policies could have prevented or minimized the impacts and damages.

The Impact that NFPA Water Based Standards Will Have on Fire Alarm Systems
Presented by: Terry Victor

This presentation will include the most recent significant changes to the NFPA water based standards 13, 13R, 14, 20, and 25 and the impact those changes will have on the interfaces that certain devices will have with NFPA 72 fire alarm systems.

5. Fire Alarm System Fundamentals
Presented By: Michael Baker

This basic fire alarm systems’ seminar is intended for installers, engineers, sales personnel, service technicians, architects, and building inspectors. This presentation is a refresher for anyone involved with fire alarms as a mechanism to discover new technology and new code requirements.

6. Surviving Survivability - A User's Guide to Survivable Fire Alarm Circuits
Presented by: Larry Rietz

The survivability of fire alarm circuits that must continue working during a fire has been required in the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code® since 1999 and the Code has always addressed speaker circuits in emergency communications systems with a performance requirement for survivability. Since 1999, the Code has been modified as the cable technology changed and Circuit Integrity (CI) cable was developed to meet the needs of designers and installers for providing survivability to many critical circuits in a fire alarm system installation. Then on 12 September 2012, Underwriters’ Laboratories (UL) summarily pulled the listings for all CI Cable. This action left many designers, AHJs, and contractors with no cost effective way to meet the Code requirements for survivability. UL has finally finished the new standards for CI cable both for free air and in raceway and the Code has added further changes of note. This program will review the history of this issue and where the Code and the industry stands relative to CI Cable.

This presentation will feature the following learning objectives:
• What is the Code history of circuit survivability?
• What fire alarm circuits must be survivable and how can this be accomplished?
• What effect does product listing have on survivable cable?
• How can a designer provide and an AHJ approve a survivable cable installation?

7. Reducing Unwanted Alarms Through Plan Review and Inspection - an AHJ Perspective
Presented By: Tim Knisely

Reducing unwanted alarms through plan review and inspection…an AHJ perspective: Fire protection systems are becoming more commonplace, in nearly every use group. This program will examine trends and issues with alarm system design and installation, and consider alternatives to reduce unwanted alarms.

8. Purposefully Delayed Fire Alarm Notification
Presented by Larry Rietz

Often an owner has a strong desire not to activate fire alarm notification in their facility so as to not needlessly disturb facility operations and occupants. This presentation details the Code-approved options for delaying the activation of fire alarm notification. These options include automatic notification, presignal notification, positive alarm sequence, and detector cross-zoning. This presentation will discuss the code requirements for each option and the critical considerations for an owner and designer, as well as the authority having jurisdiction who must approve these unique options.

This presentation will feature the following learning objectives:
• Why would an owner wish to delay or prevent fire alarm notification activation?
• What are the three Code-allowed options for delaying the activation of notification?
• What are the specific Code requirements and critical considerations when considering delaying notification activation?
• When should fire alarm activation never be delayed?

9. The National Disability Rights Network and the Fire Alarm Industry / Updates
Presented by: Mark Larson

This presentation will be an overview of the National Disabilities Rights Network efforts to affect changes to the notification provisions in the Americans with Disabilities Act. We will be discussing the possible impacts on the Fire Alarm Industry, now and in the future.‚Äč

10. Fire Protection Systems in the International Existing Building Code (IEBC)
Presented by: Jeffrey Hugo

There are several codes that address fire protection systems, specifically fire alarms and automatic sprinkler systems in existing buildings. The International Building Code (IBC) is adopted in all 50 states and it references the International Fire Code (IFC) and the International Existing Building Code (IEBC) for existing buildings. Each code has specific triggers for installing fire protection systems in an existing building depending on the level of work being done. Participants will get more comfortable navigating the IEBC and become familiar with the terminology and thresholds for fire sprinkler systems. This seminar is designed to reinforce knowledge of the IBC and IFC and is an excellent introduction to how the IEBC works.

11. The Road to Integrated Fire Protection Systems Testing

Presented By: Jason Webb

The concept of multiple fire protection systems working together to protect people and property is nothing new. But the road to a consistent, code-compliant method of testing them has been a little bumpy at times. This presentation will explain the history of integrated fire protection systems testing, the development of NFPA 4, the Standard for Integrated Fire Protection and Life Safety System Testing, and the steps it took to get the standard referenced by fire codes. Presented by members of the team that successfully guided more than 20 TIA’s through the process putting NFPA 4 into the NFPA 101 code, that story will also be told along with the valuable lessons they learned.

12. Using the IoT Concept
Presented By: Raj Arora and Wayne Moore

For many years the installation of fire protection systems was strictly a capital expenditure with recurring operating costs. With new technology using the IoT concept, building owners are now able to substantially reduce the operating costs through interrogation of the fire protection systems ongoing "health" to control false alarms and unscheduled emergency repairs as well as better able to reduce service costs by ensuring the right part is brought on-site the first time when a repair is needed. The IoT is being used to develop unique applications using POE to reduce cable costs and design flexibility thus reducing system installation costs. The smart building concept that has been struggling to gain a foothold in the building community will now, through the IoT, become a stronger and more effective way to decrease capital costs and greatly reduce operating costs. Mr. Moore and Mr. Arora will explain where the fire protection systems industry is going to capitalize on the IoT in the near and long term. The PoE concept alone will revolutionize the way designers and installers perform their work.

13. Changes to the 2018 ICC and NFPA Models Codes
Presented By: Richard Roberts

An informative discussion that provides an overview of the new International Code Council (ICC) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) requirements for emergency voice alarm communication (EVAC) systems, carbon monoxide (CO) detection systems, smoke detection, mass notification and integrated (end-to-end) testing of fire alarm systems with other life safety systems.

14. NFPA 72 Changes
Panel Discussion


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