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Aug 31, 2021 — Sep 2, 2021
  • Digital Live Event

Building Innovation Summit 2021

Drop in to gain insights on topics impacting the built environment, safety and security.

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Date & Time

Starts

Aug 31, 2021 8:30am CDT

Ends

Sep 2, 2021 4:00pm CDT

Location

Online

The built environment industry is transforming faster in recent times, as the COVID-19 pandemic changed how the construction industry does business. New technologies and practices, stricter safety and security regulations will continue to bring challenges to industry professionals. Construction industry trends will bring rapid changes in global markets.

This complimentary three-day virtual open house will feature informative sessions given by UL’s safety experts on a range of topics impacting the built environment, safety and security. Hear what our safety experts have to say about:

  • Enhancing safety and security in uncertain times (Aug. 31)
  • Innovations for a brighter tomorrow (Sept. 1)
  • Building strong foundations for a safer future (Sept. 2)

Presentations will be available on-demand on UL website after the event for registered guests.

Building Innovation Summit 2021

Day 1 | Aug. 31, 2021 | Enhancing Safety and Security in Uncertain Times

8:30 a.m. Message from Chris Hasbrook, vice president and general manager, Built Environment, UL

8:35 a.m. Introduction to Hopin – How to Use the Platform

9:00 a.m. Understanding the European Access Control and Intruder Alarm Product Markets

Nigel Talbot, product manager, UL

10:00 a.m. California Market Access – What do you need to know and how can UL help?

Ghanem Zureikat, business development manager, UL

David Castillo, supervising engineer, CSFM – Cal Fire 

Victor Wong, mechanical engineer, CSFM – Cal Fire

Taylor Machado, office technician, CSFM - Cal Fire

Jinaki Bahati, associate governmental program analyst 

1:00 p.m. UL 2524, An Introduction into the Standard for In-building 2-Way Emergency Radio Communication Enhancement Systems (ERCES)

Ted Ivers, senior staff engineer, UL

2:00 p.m. Everything You Need to Know About UL’s Smoke Detection Testing and New Laboratory Design

David Mills, principal engineer, UL

John Divelbiss, laboratory manager, UL

3:00 p.m. Message from Joe Treadway, global engineering director, UL

Day 2 | Sep. 1, 2021 | Innovations for a Brighter Tomorrow

8:30 a.m. Message from Kristen Trawinski, business and operations manager, UL

9:00 a.m. Operating Facilities in Today’s Environment

Sean McCrady, director, assets and sustainability, real estate and properties, UL

Mike Halligan, global program manager, building inspections, UL

Amanda Newsom, principal engineer, UL

10:00 a.m. Cleaning First Responder Gear – The Science Behind Exposure Reduction 

Amanda Newsom, principal engineer, UL

11:00 a.m. Comparing Antifreeze Solutions in Fire Sprinkler Systems

Kerry M. Bell, P.E., principal engineer and corporate fellow, UL 

Jeff Hebenstreit, principal engineer and distinguished member of technical staff, UL 

1:00 p.m. Battery Energy Storage Hazards for the Built Environment

Alex Klieger, research engineer, UL

2:00 p.m. UL Collaborates With IBHS for Shingle Performance Rating Testing

Dwayne E. Sloan, director, principal engineering, UL
Dr. Tanya Brown-Giammanco, managing director of research, South Carolina Wind and Hail Underwriting Association hail chair, IBHS

3:00 p.m. Message from Chris Miles, regional business director​, UL

Day 2 – Evening Session

4:50 p.m. Message from Kevin Faltin, vice president global operations, UL

4:55 p.m. Introduction to Hopin – How to Use the Platform

5:00 p.m. Components of Third-Party Product Certification in a Global Marketplace

Matthew Wright, built environment manager, UL

6:00 p.m. Delivering Sustainability Safely in the Built Environment

Matthew Wright, built environment manager, UL

7:00 p.m. Everything You Need to Know About UL’s Smoke Detection Testing and New Laboratory Design

David Mills, principal engineer, UL

John Divelbiss, laboratory manager, UL

8:00 p.m. Innovative Approaches for Integrating Fire Suppression and Detection to Protect Lives and Property

Kerry Bell, principal engineer, UL

Allan Sanadrin, principal engineer, UL

William Makant, founder of Plumis and chief engineer

Manuel R. Silva, chief engineer and fellow for the Johnson Controls Fire Suppression Products business

9:00 p.m. California Market Access – What do you need to know and how can UL help?

Ghanem Zureikat, business development manager, UL

David Castillo, supervising engineer, CSFM – Cal Fire 

Victor Wong, mechanical engineer, CSFM – Cal Fire

Taylor Machado, office technician, CSFM - Cal Fire

Jinaki Bahati, associate governmental program analyst 

10:00 p.m. Cleaning First Responder Gear – The Science Behind Exposure Reduction 

Amanda Newsom, principal engineer, UL

11:00 p.m. Message from Jack Xu, business director, UL

Day 3 | Sep. 2, 2021 | Building Strong Foundations for a Safer Future

7:50 a.m. Message from Dwayne Sloan, director, principal engineering, UL

8:00 a.m. UL Built InformTM |  Safety and Governance across your Building Portfolio.

Simon Ince, project engineer, UL

9:00 a.m. A New Approach to Home Construction Using 3D Printing and UL 3401

Bob James, global building sciences business director, UL

Sam Ruben, chief sustainability officer and co-founder, Mighty Buildings

10:00 a.m. Embodied Carbon – What Is It, Where to Find It and How to Minimize It

Josh Jacobs, director of environmental codes and standards, UL

11:00 a.m. Innovative Approaches for Integrating Fire Suppression and Detection to Protect Lives and Property

Kerry Bell, principal engineer, UL

Allan Sanadrin, principal engineer, UL

William Makant, founder of Plumis and chief engineer

Manuel R. Silva, chief engineer and fellow for the Johnson Controls Fire Suppression Products business

12:30 p.m. Driving Business Outcomes through Smart Buildings

Sudhi Ranjan Sinha, vice president, Eco System and Service Development

2:00 p.m. UL's Lightning Protection Services and Fire Barrier Management

Christopher Carlson, lead field engineer, UL

Mark St. Onge, field engineer, UL

3:00 p.m. Message from Frederick E. Hervey, engineering director, UL

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