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Balanced Approach to Fire Protection


Learn the balance of fire design principles that can improve fire safety in buildings.

Structure fires and wildfires result in significant loss of life and property in the United States each year. In addition to the direct losses of fighting fires, such as relocating residents and rebuilding, large fire events can cause substantial indirect losses to communities. There has been an increase in single-family and multifamily structure fire losses partly due to the increased use of combustible construction methods. This presentation investigates the causes of these fires and provides balanced design recommendations using active and passive fire protection strategies.



Shamim Rashid-Sumar, PE, FSFPE

Shamim Rashid-Sumar, PE, FSFPE

National Ready Mixed Concrete Association

  • Vice President, Fire Codes and Standards, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association
  • Registered Professional Fire Protection Engineer in the State of Delaware
  • In her current role, Shamim works with National Model Building Codes and International Standards Organizations to advocate for noncombustible and resilient construction; she also provides technical support regarding codes, standards, regulations, and legislation at the national, state, and local level
  • Active as an industry expert, speaking on technical topics such as the Balanced Approach to Fire Safety, Resiliency Considerations Beyond Code Requirements, and Wildfire Resilience; is also an NFPA 101 Life Safety Code Instructor
  • Member of the ASTM E05 Fire Standards Technical Committee, member of ACI 216 Committee on Fire Resistance and Fire Protection of Structures and ACI 560 Committee on Design and Construction with Insulating Concrete Forms, and a principal member of several NFPA technical committees, including Technical Committees on Building Construction, Fire Protection Features, Residential Occupancies, Fire Tests, and Structures, Construction & Materials
  • B.S. degree in fire protection engineering, with a minor citation in French language and cultures, University of Maryland College Park
  • Can be contacted at [email protected]

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