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Senior Architect, DAR
4

great

President, Barham / Cain / Mynatt, Inc.
4

Good course

Consultant, Other
3

The tactile fire controlling system is Safetykey factor to be consider all the times

Mechanical and Consulting Engineer, Affiliated Engineers, Inc
4

Condensed but informative fire protection and smoke control strategies/codes

evolveEA Principal, AIA, LEED Fellow, USGBC Faculty, evolveEA
Pro Reviewer
2

This course was an interesting look at a significant highrise disaster. Generally the course was slow, with superfluous detail. The insights and lessons learned were in the final five minutes. The voice over powerpoint from a live presentation had audio quality issues and marginal graphics that took away from the educational experience.

President & CEO, First Community Housing
4

Not the typical LEED topic

5

Excellent course. Very informative!

Burns & McDonnell Engineering
3

Good safety topic

Senior Electrical Engineer, AMKOR A&E, INC
4

good!

Control Systems Engineer, Corbin Consulting Engineers, Inc.
Pro Reviewer
2

This course consists of two presentations from the ASHRAE 2017 winter conference on fire protection in high-rise buildings. The first video is a discussion of the MGM Grand fire in 1980, factors that led to the fire spreading throughout the building, and some changes that came about because of it. The second video is of a follow-on presentation on current fire protection building codes.

I gave this course 2 stars for a few reasons...
1. The stated learning objectives are not met, specifically objectives 1 and 2. There was no discussion of "what to do in a fire" and the discussion of life safety system operation was limited to a list of disciplines that should be involved in the design.
2. As a pre-recorded lecture, there are issues with the audio that detracts from the learning experience. Notably the Q&A sessions at the end of each video where it is hard to hear some of the questions and they are not restated by the presenter.

This course is most appropriate for fire protection professionals who want to know more about the development of building codes and standards with some historical context. Within the context of LEED, occupant safety and adherence to building codes are more important than finding energy savings in a fire protection system, but designers should be aware of their energy use and the impact that other systems can have on fire protection. (Though that is not discussed in either presentation.)

Vice President - Sales, Acuity Brands, Inc.
4

Super interesting and informative. I wish they would have edited it some, and also showed the presenter, but the info is fascinating on the progression of fire technology since the early seventies.

Senior Civil Designer, Fluor Enterprises, Inc.
4

Very important topic

4

Fire Safety is extremely important.

Mechanical engineer, DAR
4

Good Course , i highly recommend to mechanical engineers and architects.

Vicepresident, Jones Lang LaSalle
4

A little too much data that might need deeper knowledge

5

Thought it was very good. Both historical and informative.

Project Manager, HDR, Inc.
5

Very engaging subject and speakers. Could clearly hear and understand both speakers.

Electrical Engineering Specialist, Facilities and Services, University of Illinois
4

Interesting information regarding the state of Elevator recall requirements at the time

3

More detailed code sections with specific examples (diagrams) should have been provided with this presentation.

Research Analysis, Glodon usa Software Technology Inc
5

good Fire code infromation

Turner Construction Company
5

Very informative with new update information.

Building Official, Town of Addison, Texas
5

Informative, I would like to learn more on elevator shaft protection and pressurization methods.

JLL
5

Very interesting course

Project Manager, Brightworks Sustainability
Pro Reviewer
5

I have heard about the MGM Grand fire before but never the details - this was a somewhat sad but very important case study on the importance of fire safety in high-rise buildings. I enjoyed how they split the course modules in two sessions of first describing the MGM Grand fire, what caused it, what issues made the situation worse, and how it can be improved for future buildings. The second module covered new codes and standards for fire safety. This isn't something I'd normally be interested in but I'm glad to be more aware of fire safety. Fire safety is not a phrase usually associated with sustainability and green building, although it should be.

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