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This presentation will provide an overview of what NFPA 285 testing is and when exterior wall assemblies need to comply with it based on the requirements of the International Building Code. The presentation will review some currently available tested assemblies and how and what to look for when specifying wall assemblies. Additionally, because test approval is for a specific set of proprietary materials in a specific configuration, options for compliance such as engineering judgements will be reviewed and discussed.

Date, Time, Location

Wednesday, March 16 7:30 am to 9:30 am International Market Square, Suite 185 275 Market Street, Minneapolis 55405


Includes handout and continental breakfast
AIA Members $40 NonMembers $60

Continuing education

2.0 HSW LU Hours

Learning objectives

Attendees will be able to:
  1. Identify code requirements applicable to NFPA 285.
  2. Explain what NFPA 285 testing is and how it is used.
  3. Explain compliance options and application
  4. Explain design and specification issues/guidance according to what the code will allow.


Christopher Leaver, PE, is a Senior Fire Protection Engineer and division manager with Summit Fire Consulting. He has been involved in the fire protection and code compliance industry since 1996. Chris has provided consulting services on multiple building types, including cultural, special use, corporate, healthcare, education, retail, public, and aviation. Chris’s expertise includes code consulting, fire sprinklers, fire detection and alarms, smoke management, fire modeling, hydraulic analysis, building and fire code analysis, performance based design, and hazardous materials. Chris is licensed as a Fire Protection Engineer in the State of Minnesota and California. He is a member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).


Contact Deanna Christiansen, Continuing Education Director