Join us tomorrow as this panel of experts takes a “deep dive” into why Engineering Evaluations (EE) could be an acceptable alternative to running an NFPA 285 wall assembly test. This course will show how this evaluation process can be used as a viable path to evaluate wall assemblies to the requirements of the International Building Code. The baseline information required and the “layer-by-layer” analysis used will be reviewed by a qualified fire professional to demonstrate that a specific wall assembly meets the intent of the code. This approach should make the expected performance of the wall assembly clear to the local authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) so that an informed decision can be made on the acceptance of the proposed wall assembly.

Learning Objectives —

  • Review the IBC requirements for the engineering evaluation.
  • Identify the elements that the fire professional uses to develop an engineering evaluation.
  • Understanding of the layer-by-layer parts of the wall assembly being analyzed for approval.
  • Compare the information obtained from a successful NFPA 285 test and an engineering evaluation.  
  • Explore what role an Engineering Evaluation has during the drawing review process.


Tom Seitz – Executive Director, MCM Alliance, Metal Construction Association

As Executive Director, Tom is responsible for proactively bringing together industry-leading, MCM manufacturers, fabricators, and suppliers to collaborate and promote their technical expertise to architectural, engineering, and building owner markets. His expertise is with sales and marketing for steel, aluminum, glass, and curtain wall materials in a variety of North American markets as well as management experience with companies including: E.G. Smith, Flour City Architectural Metals, H. H. Robertson Company and 3A Composites.

Daniel Martin – Fire Protection Engineer, Jensen Hughes

Daniel holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and an International Master of Science in Fire Safety Engineering from three of the top fire engineering schools in Europe. He spent two years as a volunteer firefighter in Illinois, four years conducting firefighter specific research at one of the nation’s premier state fire academies, and conducted his master’s thesis on the radiation attenuation capabilities of a water mist curtain. His vast experiences allow him to think outside the box and with a global perspective.

Andy Williams – Director, Codes and Standards, Metal Construction Association

With more than 40 years of experience in construction, codes, standards, project management and product development. Initially involved with building design/construction, Andy moved into curtainwall design and testing in the cladding industry. He has served and led codes and standards committees throughout the US and spends a great deal of his time creating industry education modules.

Jeff Henry – Co-Founder and CEO, CEI Materials

CEI Materials, a nationally known fabricator of architectural cladding systems, Jeff has amassed of a wealth of knowledge and experience focusing on the fabrication and installation of commercial and residential buildings over his 22 years in the construction industry. Currently, Jeff is a member of the MCM Alliance and the Metal Construction Association.

The Metal Construction Association’s Metal Composites Material (MCM) Alliance comprises leading manufacturers, fabricators, and suppliers who are dedicated to growing the use of metal composite materials (MCM).