AIA Detroit holding fire protection standards virtual event

DETROIT—The Detroit chapter of the American Institute of Architects will sponsor a virtual event, “Product selection for wall assemblies that need to comply with NFPA 285,” on Wednesday, Oct. 14 from noon to 1 p.m.

The event is presented by AIA Detroit’s Building Codes and Regulations Committee.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 285 fire test is a large scale wall assembly test used to determine the potential for flame spread from one story of a building to another through the exterior wall.

Through discussion of a case study, attendees will learn how decisions about insulations air barriers, and exterior cladding materials are impacted by code requirements for NFPA 285 testing; explore when NFPA 285 testing is required for exterior wall assemblies; and understand how third party engineering evaluations can assist with determining compliance of wall assemblies that are required to pass NFPA 285.

Dawn Peterson. AIA Detroit photo.

The speaker is Dawn Peterson, AIA, CSI, CDT, LEED AP, who has 26 years of experience as an architect and specifications writer. She has been involved in the development of a variety of new environments and redesigning existing spaces to accommodate new uses. Since joining Neumann/Smith in 2008, she has been responsible for the development of project specifications and reviewing and critiquing the firm’s construction drawings. She also serves as the firm’s technical advisor on materials, systems, and detailing.

To register, visit The event is free to AIA members and $10 for nonmembers.

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