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Cracking Code: 2018 Fire Code Revisions + Impacts on Design

This is the first session in the Cracking Code series.

AIA Seattle’s Codes Committee presents its first seminar of 2020.

Distributed generation, co-generation, micro-grid, smart-grid technologies have introduced new technology and fire safety challenges even as they have resulted in greater flexibility, reliability and resilience in the production, distribution, control and use of electrical power.

This seminar reviews the latest technological advances in electrical energy production and storage and the fire safety and fire protection regulations regarding the installation, maintenance and use of these types of systems. Specifically, the seminar reviews the recent changes to the 2018 International Fire Code in Chapter 6 and Chapter 12 governing emergency and standby power systems, photovoltaic power systems, stationary fuel cells, and battery energy storage systems.

Registration for this program is closed. Please join us in April for the next Cracking Code program, details forthcoming.

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This program takes place in a wheelchair-accessible facility, with a zero-step entrance via elevator on Third Avenue, or off the street on Fourth Avenue. Bathrooms are fully accessible with a zero-step entrance on the same floor as our program, as well. Please let us know the best way to contact you in your registration if you require additional accommodations to participate in this program.


Thursday, February 20, 2019
Seattle City Hall, Bertha Knight Landes

12:00 – 12:30 pm Registration + Light Refreshments
12:30 pm Program Begins
4:30 pm Program Ends

Attendee resources forthcoming.


  • Develop a basic understanding of the relationship between the International Fire Code and the International Building Code, and how the Codes are developed and adopted.
  • Learn which facility types are impacted by these new changes to the Fire Code.
  • Learn about specific impacts of changes to Chapter 6: Building Services and Systems, specifically regarding Fuel Storage Inside of Buildings.
  • Learn about specific impacts of changes in the new Chapter 12: Energy Systems, specifically regarding Emergency and Standby Power Systems, Solar Photovaltaic Systems, Stationary Fuel Cell Power Systems, and Electrical Energy Storage Systems.


Includes 4 LUs (HSW) + light refreshments

$129.00 AIA Member
$129.00 Government + Partners
$77.00 Associate
$50.00 Student
$229.00 Non-Member


Leonard A. Ruff, AIA
Owner/Principal, Cascade Mission Critical
Leonard is a registered architect in Washington with over 37 years of professional experience in general commercial, retail, and mission critical design. Leonard graduated from the University of Florida in 1981 and moved to Seattle in 1982, working for both large and small firms before starting his own design and consulting firm in 2014. In addition to his membership on the AIA Code Committee, Leonard is a founding member and secretary of the 7×24 Exchange Northwest Chapter, a data center industry group focused on increasing the awareness of design, construction and operational issues in the data center industry. Leonard’s practice focuses on mission critical facility design and consulting supporting the technology, telecommunications, and data center sectors.

Mark Chubb
Senior Fire Analyst, Code Unlimited
Mark is a certified fire protection specialist and senior analyst with Code Unlimited. He was the author of the first commentary on a U.S. national model fire code, and is a former contractor and employee for two of the legacy code organizations that preceded the ICC. He was a staff liaison to the committees responsible for developing the first drafts of the International Fire Code and the fire protection requirements of the International Building Code. He is an experienced fire service officer who has held senior executive positions in the U.S. and New Zealand. He has also worked with the Bangladesh garment industry to remediate structural, electrical, and fire safety deficiencies in export oriented factories. Mark is a fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers and the current lead of the Institution’s International General Assembly.

All speakers subject to change.




Special thanks to the Code Committee for planning this series of sessions!

Marc Chavez, AIA
Steve Dombrowski, AIA

Registration or Credit Questions?
Contact Zoe Guckenheimer, Program & Project Coordinator at AIA Seattle

Program Questions?
Contact Connor Descheemaker, Membership & Volunteer Manager at AIA Seattle

Sponsorship Questions?
Contact Kimber Leblicq, Managing Director at AIA Seattle


February 20, 2020
12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Event Price
Class Credit
4 LU , HSW


AIA Seattle
(206) 448-4938


Seattle City Hall – Bertha Knight Landes Room
600 Fourth Ave
Seattle, WA 98104 United States
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