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Presenter: Justin Biller, P.E., MCP, CFPS, CLSS-HC

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Roanoke, VA

Holiday Inn Roanoke
3315 Ordway Drive
Roanoke, VA 24017
Phone: 540-362-4500

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:30 - 9:00 am

Morning Session:                9:00 am - 12:15 pm

Lunch (On your own):         12:15 - 1:15 pm

Afternoon Session:             1:15 - 5:00 pm

Fire Protection and Life Safety Design in Virginia

   Applicable codes
      • International Fire Code
      • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) codes
      • Virginia building codes
      • Local ordinances
   Scope and purpose of codes and ordinances
   Special occupancies: health care facilities and others

Occupancy Classifications

   General requirements and criteria
      • Change of use and /or change of occupancy
      • Hazard classifications
   Life safety issues
   Design specifications and scenarios
   Evaluation and documentation

Means of Egress

   Exit access, discharge and other components
      • Impediments to egress
   Calculating and determining occupant loads
      • Gross vs. net
   Arrangement of exits
   Equivalency discussion

Fire Protection Features and Equipment

   Walls, signage
   Fire detection, alarm and communication systems
   Sprinkler systems

Occupancy Exercises

   Case studies:
      • New construction
      • Changing occupancy of existing buildings

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers
     6.5 Continuing Ed. Hours

     6.5 Continuing Ed. Hours (HSW)
     6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

International Code Council
     .65 CEUs (Fire)

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 (HSW) continuing education hours to architects and 6.5 continuing education hours to engineers in Virginia. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Virginia.

This event has been approved by the American Institute of Architects for 6.5 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885). Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA.

Architects and engineers seeking continuing education credit in other states will be able to apply the hours earned at this seminar, in most cases. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

The International Code Council has approved this program for .65 CEUs in the specialty area of Fire.

This seminar offers a continuing education opportunity to construction contractors but has not been approved by any state contractor licensing entity.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire program. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Justin Biller, P.E., MCP, CFPS, CLSS-HC

Emerson Graham + Associates, Charlotte, NC

Mr. Biller is a faculty lecturer at the University of North Carolina Charlotte in the undergraduate program in Fire and Safety Engineering Technology and the graduate program in Fire Protection and Safety Management. He teaches on an array of courses including fire and building codes, fire behavior and fire dynamics, human behavior in fire, fire protection systems and hydraulics, fire modeling and performance-based aspects of fire protection engineering design, fire prevention and fire protection public policy.

Mr. Biller is also owner and principal fire protection engineer of Emerson Graham + Associates – a fire protection engineering and code consultancy firm, and he is technical director of AEGIS, a fire door and barrier management inspection agency. He holds registration as a professional fire protection engineer in multiple states including Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina and New York. Additionally, he is an NFPA certified healthcare life safety specialist healthcare facility manager (CLSS-HC), a certified fire protection specialist (CFPS), and he holds the master code professional (MCP), certified building official (CBO), and certified fire official (CFO) certifications from ICC. Mr. Biller is a professional member of the American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE), a professional member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), and a member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), currently serving on four technical committees. He is a 2014 graduate of the MSc. Fire Protection Engineering program at California Polytechnic State University, and he is a 2007 undergraduate of the BSc., Engineering Technology program at Old Dominion University.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $289.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $289.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $269.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.