We work closely with building code enforcing authorities to develop professional relationships that greatly enhance cooperation and the resolution of matters regarding occupant safety, accessibility and property protection.
Our Group President, Vice President, Advisor and Principal Fire Consultant are on Standard Technical Panels, Education Committees, Specification Improvement Committee and Technical Committees of ASTM, FCIA, NFPA, UL, CSC etc.
Our code consulting services include:
- Occupancy Classifications
- Evacuation Planning and Egress Modeling
- Fire & Life Safety Plan Development
- Fire Compartmentation
- Building Safety Audits
- AHJ Negotiations
- Non-structural fire protection and life safety review
- Third-party Peer Review
Each of the occupancy groupings is used to assess the degree to which the features need to be combined to achieve the minimum level of life safety necessary for an occupancy. Correct classification of the occupancy is extremely important, because the code requirements differ for each type of occupancy. Improper classification might result in an inadequate level of life safety or overspending on non-required elements.
Evacuation Planning and Egress Modeling
Butler Engineering’s egress modeling helps to calculate and evaluate the various effects of fire and smoke in different scenarios. Building owners, designers and facility managers use our egress models for accurate evaluations and innovative solutions that will help to protect the safety of their occupants and also help them make efficient use of their resources.
We use the latest modeling techniques and methodologies to create advanced computational models. Our models include computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis that is used to provide detailed calculations on movement, concentrations and temperature of smoke in a building or other structure. These models typically consist of the building’s actual floor plan and account for the movement of each occupant throughout the building’s floors, stairs and elevator systems while taking into account the various levels of mobility for individual occupants.
Fire & Life Safety Plan Development
The goal of each evaluation is to provide an environment in which occupants are kept reasonably safe from fire and other similar emergencies. Our life safety experts provide written reviews and assessments regarding the adequacy of fire protection and life safety features relative to fire, occupant behavior and other safety considerations.
Our standard life safety development plan includes a written assessment of safety measures for conditions such as fire hazards and hazardous material incidents both within and near the facility. It also outlines the relationships among facility management, participants, emergency response agencies and any other parties involved in events held at the facility.