Discussion of World Trade Center Collapse Investigation Planned

Two NFPA technical staff members who serve on multi-agency committees that examined the Sept. 11th collapse of the World Trade Center buildings will discuss their findings during the National Fire Protection Association

Robert Duval, NFPA's senior fire investigator who served on the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Building Performance Assessment Team (BPAT), and Robert E. Solomon, P.E., NFPA's assistant vice president, building and life safety codes, who serves on the special task force on the Future of Tall Buildings formed by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), will present the findings along with BPAT team member James Milke, Ph.D., of the University of Maryland. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.

BPAT concluded its findings this month when it released a report that recommended an extensive national study examine broader issues surrounding the collapse. The CTBUH continues to focus on new strategies that should be considered, including means of egress and performance-based design, in hopes of increasing the performance of tall buildings subjected to extreme events.

Since shortly after Sept. 11, NFPA has offered free, online high-rise information to building owners/managers interested in conducting evacuation drills at work. NFPA posted five key model consensus documents targeted to first responders who are called to bio-hazardous events, and is now offering emergency response planning workshops, in conjunction with BOMA, throughout the U.S.

For more information, visit NFPA's Web site at www.nfpa.org.

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