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International Building Code Chapter 7: Fire-Resistance-Rated Construction


Maintain fire and life safety in buildings by understanding fire-resistance-rated and smoke-resistant assemblies.

Control of fire by construction is a critical element of managing a fire incident in our overall fire safety objectives for the built environment. Confining or containing the fire through fire-resistance-rated construction ensures that smoke and flame do not migrate outside the compartment of fire origin and impact occupants who are not intimate with ignition. This material will provide an introduction to fire-resistance-rated construction as described in the International Building Code (IBC), including types of assembles and their application. The material will also review methodologies for determining fire resistance as well as design and installation considerations for fire-resistance-rated assemblies. Finally, case studies will be presented to provide practical examples of fire-resistance-rated assemblies as they are applied in the field. This course will provide you with an understanding of the role of fire-resistance-rated assemblies in construction and the applicable IBC code provisions.



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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