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

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Greensboro, NC

Greensboro-High Point Marriott Airport
One Marriott Drive
Greensboro, NC 27409
Phone: 336-852-6450

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 - 11:45 am

Lunch (On your own):         11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Afternoon Session:             12:45 - 4:30 pm

Fire Protection and Life Safety Design

    Applicable codes 
      • International Fire Code 
      • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) codes 
      • North Carolina 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 
   Case studies

Fire Protection Features and Equipment

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

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers
     6.5 PDHs

     6.5 HSW Contact Hours
     6.5 AIA LU|HSW

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 PDHs to professional engineers and 6.5 HSW contact hours to architects in most states, including North Carolina. HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education provider for engineers in North Carolina.

This seminar is approved by the American Institute of Architects for 6.5 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885). Courses approved by the AIA qualify for North Carolina architects. Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES. Visit www.halfmoonseminars.org for complete AIA information under this course listing.

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

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

This seminar offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to contractors. It 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 event. 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.

AIA Info:

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES (cesupport@aia.org or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Complying With Fire and Building Codes

Delivery Method: Live

Course Description: This 6.5 hour live lecture presentation examines fire protection and life safety codes, occupancy classifications, means of egress and fire protection features and equipment.

Learning Objectives: 

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to identify life safety and building codes which require fire protection and fire resistance features, including the International Fire Code and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Codes, and will know which codes apply to specific projects.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to define building occupancies and identify how changes of use and occupancy affect fire protection requirements.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to comply with requirements for fire protection features and equipment, including fire-resistant building materials, fire and smoke protection features, fire detection and alarm systems and sprinkler systems.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to describe fire and building code requirements for exit access and discharge for different types of building occupancies, and will be able to comply with requirements for both number of exits and exit arrangement.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with design and code compliance.

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 07/02/2022

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to doug@halfmoonseminars.org or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.