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Jul 29, 2020
  • Webinar

A closer look at exterior wall flammability

On July 29, UL will host an event on LinkedIn Live to take a closer look at exterior wall flammability. Including Building Codes, the relevant standards and their application.

Exterior building fire

Date & Time


Jul 29, 2020 8:00am CST


9:00am CST

UL invites you to join our LinkedIn Live event on Wednesday, July 29 to take a closer look into exterior wall flammability.

Building code changes surrounding exterior wall assemblies around the world, combined with recent exterior facade fire events and the need for energy efficient construction, has led to a greater focus on understanding how to control flame spread of exterior walls and facades.

During our discussion we address fire concerns associated with exterior walls and facades, and identify recent building code changes related to exterior wall and facades.

In addition we will provide an overview of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 285, the Fire Test Method for Evaluation of Fire Propagation Characteristics of Exterior Wall Assemblies Containing Combustible Components, its applications and the differences between other reaction to fire and fire test methods.

Lastly we will explain how third-party certification can help identify compliant assemblies and components in exterior walls in the field and provide an overview of UL’s Certification Program for exterior wall component and systems.

A session will take place for the audience to ask questions and receive answers in real time.

Our presenters:

Dwayne Sloan

Dwayne is the director of principal engineers and regulatory services for UL’s Building and Life Safety Technologies division. Dwayne provides technical oversight of certification and testing activities for exterior wall systems among many other product areas. Dwayne serves on several international, UL, NFPA, and ASTM committees, including the NFPA Fire Test Committee responsible for NFPA 285. During his 32 years at UL, he has worked in and managed a variety of UL’s fire-protection areas, with 17 years as the Reaction to fire principal engineer. He is the current chair of UL’s Fire Council and is a UL Corporate Fellow.

Chris Miles

Chris has over 30 years of experience in testing, assessment and certification of fire resisting construction products. During that time he has led on the research and development of new standards and been a key contributor to industry groups for fire resisting and smoke control doorsets. Chris has also been chairman of certification product groups for fire, smoke doors and shutters, building hardware, door seals and glass.

Jonathan J. Gonzalez

Jonathan J. Gonzalez, who started as a product safety engineer in Fire Protection at UL, and has been in the buildings and life safety industry ever since. He has been involved in numerous certification projects, while working with local and international, building and certification standards and codes.

Our moderator:

Sean DeCrane

Sean DeCrane retired as a 25+ year veteran of the Cleveland Division of Fire. He served in various roles including the director of training and chief of operations retiring as a battalion chief. Sean is currently the manager of industry relations for UL’s Building Life Safety, Security and Technologies division. 

Sean has been involved in the research at Underwriters Laboratories and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He served on the UL Fire Council and is a member of the UL Fire Fighter Safety Research Institute’s Advisory Board. 

Chief DeCrane also represented the International Association of Fire Fighters in the International Code Council process and has served on the 2009, 2012, 2105 and 2018 Fire Code Developing Committee and as chair for 2015 and 2018. Sean served on the NFPA 1 Technical Advisory Panel, NFPA Research Foundation on Tall Wood Buildings and is serving as the chair of the Fire Test Work Group for the ICC Tall Wood Building Ad Hoc Committee. 

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