Assessment of Façade Fire Performance and Risk

  • Date

    Monday, January 10 2022

  • Time

    12:00pm - 1:00pm

  • Location

    Webinar

Join AIA|DC’s Building Enclosure Council for a lecture with Daniel J. Lemieux, FAIA, NCARB, RIBA, MRICS and Nicholas Ozog, PE. Lemieux and Ozog will summarize how facade materials and designs have evolved in recent times to incorporate significant amounts of combustible materials, and present a framework to assess the fire performance and hazards posed by such facades. This session will incorporate case studies to illustrate application of the framework with a series of practical examples of real-world construction.


Learning Objectives:

  • Identify how and why facade materials have evolved in recent times to increase overall fire safety.
  • Learn a building enclosure consultant/designer’s perspective and identify the concerns often sited by owners.
  • Recognize a framework to assess the fire performance and associated hazards of facades
  • Identify potential frameworks for facade fire safety assessment via a series of practical examples/observations

Presented by:

Daniel J. (Dan) Lemieux serves as Principal and a Director for Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. and Wiss, Janney, Elstner Limited, London. Since joining WJE in 1996, Dan has successfully completed hundreds of projects involving building enclosure failure investigation, repair design, and architectural rehabilitation, including projects that have been recognized both locally and nationally for design and restoration excellence. Mr. Lemieux is a registered architect licensed in seven jurisdictions in the U.S. and a licensed architect listed in the United Kingdom; Ontario Province in Canada; and, New South Wales Province in Australia. He is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta, Georgia. Since the tragedy at Grenfell Tower, Dan has authored peer-reviewed articles and technical papers on this topic and was invited to review and evaluate proposed regulatory reforms in the UK in response to this fire. He continues to work closely with WJE’s Fire and Life Safety practice on this topic through project work and as an active committee member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE).

Nicholas Ozog is an Associate Principal within the fire engineering, life safety unit of Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. and joined the firm in 2016. He has a master’s degree in fire protection engineering from the University of Maryland. He began his career evaluating existing buildings for life safety items and potential fire hazards along with code consulting. His career has included working as a senior loss control engineer for a specialty high hazard insurance agency. In the last several years he has traveled globally reviewing existing buildings with potentially combustible facade materials and speaking at many conferences, as he helped to develop a practice in facade fire safety assessment. He recently was appointed to the NFPA’s Fire Tests Committee that includes NFPA 285 and SFPE’s Assessments of Existing Building Fire Safety Task Group.


Organized by: Washington, DC Building Enclosure Council