March 18 - Elevator lobbies & smoke dampers

  • March 18, 2015
  • 11:45 AM - 2:00 PM
  • DoubleTree Hotel - Westminster, CO


  • This is the rate for SFPE-RMC "Members" and "Chapter Friend Members" to attend this meeting.
  • This is the rate for attendees who are not members of SFPE-RMC. [Note that membership in the Chapter is only $25 for the year ($15 for SFPE organization members). If you plan to attend more than one Chapter meeting, Chapter Membership pays for itself quickly!]
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  • College-aged students who are currently enrolled in a Bachelors or Masters degree program, who are interested in the profession of Fire Protection Engineering.

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In recent years, several proposals have been put forth to the International Code Council (ICC) that would result in the removal of elevator lobbies and fire/smoke dampers in buildings up to 420 ft in height.  The ICC Code Technology committee’s sub-committee on elevator lobbies is sponsoring technical analysis that thus far has supported these proposals in principal, while other groups stand in opposition to these changes.  Thus far the groups in opposition have prevailed, as the code changes have failed to pass, but these changes are back on the table for consideration for inclusion in the 2018 IBC.

A technical talk will be presented discussing whether elevator lobbies and fire/smoke dampers are needed and evaluating the technical arguments that have thus far been presented.  The impact of stack effect and design issues pertaining to stair and elevator pressurization systems will be discussed.


Michael J. Ferreira, P.E.

Mike Ferreira is the Director of Transportation Services for JENSEN HUGHES and is Director of the Mid-Atlantic Region  modeling group. Mr. Ferreira has 21 years of experience as a fire protection engineer with JENSEN HUGHES. He currently serves as a member of the NFPA Committee on Smoke Management Systems, is a co-author of the ASHRAE Smoke Control Handbook, and is a past instructor for both the SFPE and NFPA smoke control seminars. He is a recognized expert in smoke control system design, modeling, and testing. Other areas of expertise include people movement and evacuation modeling, CBRN system design and threat assessment, and building airflow modeling.

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