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Exterior Cladding and Fire Protection: Grenfell Tower – Three Years On

September 24, 2020
12:00 PM EDT - 1:00 PM EDT
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Exterior Cladding and Fire Protection:

Grenfell Tower – Three Years On


Dan Lemieux and Nick Ozog, both of Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE), will share this presentation originally offered to the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) at their annual conference in March 2020, regarding exterior cladding design and performance with respect to fire protection. The presentation includes a history of building facade related fires and, in particular, discussion of the 2017 fire at Grenfell Tower in London, UK. Ongoing efforts in the UK to address legislation, accountability, and education in Grenfell’s aftermath are discussed.


AIA Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the history and evolution of major international building facade related fire events.
  2. Learn about how the ongoing assessment of the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire triggered response from the design community and regulatory bodies.
  3. Learn about the Hackitt Report as a response to the Grenfell Tower fire.
  4. Understand potential paths forward to improved competency through enforcement.


Dan Lemieux

Since joining WJE in 1996, Daniel Lemieux has successfully completed hundreds of projects in the area of building enclosure failure investigation, repair design, and architectural rehabilitation, including projects that have been recognized for design and restoration excellence. As the firm’s Director of International Development, he is responsible for advancing WJE’s global architecture and building science practices. Prior to that, Mr. Lemieux served as Managing Principal of WJE’s Washington, D.C. office from 2005 to 2016.

As a building enclosure specialist, Mr. Lemieux currently serves on multiple ASTM International committees including vice chair of E06, Performance of Buildings and chair of E06.55, Performance of Building Enclosures. He is founding chair and a primary author of ASTM E2813, Standard Practice for Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx) and worked closely with WJE colleagues and practicing and teaching professionals from across North America to support the development of ASTM E2813, ASTM E2947 Standard Guide for BECx and ASHRAE Standard 202 Commissioning Process for Buildings and Systems. He served as an author and technical editor for the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) web-based Whole Building Design Guide and NIBS Guideline 3: Exterior Enclosure Technical Requirements for the Commissioning Process.

Mr. Lemieux has developed, chaired and been invited to speak at multiple workshops and symposia on building science and the physics of building enclosure performance in North America, the UK, EU, UAE, and China, and co-chaired the Symposium on Building Physics and Conservation with Historic England and Historic Environment Scotland in London.

Since the tragedy at Grenfell Tower, he has worked closely with WJE’s Fire and Life Safety practice to develop and enhance the firm’s expertise in exterior cladding and fire protection and is actively engaged on that topic with the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) Europe.

Nicholas Ozog

Nicholas Ozog joined WJE in 2016 with more than ten years of fire protection engineering experience. Mr. Ozog has a wide range of experience in building and fire code analysis; property conditions and statement of conditions (SOC) assessments, performance-based design; fire protection system design and criteria development; fire modeling; risk management assessment; and loss control investigations. He has also worked extensively on performance-based design and code analyses for a wide range of clients, projects, and occupancies nationwide, including some of the largest healthcare networks in the country. During his career, Mr. Ozog has also provided field inspections and construction administration services and has presented at several fire protection conferences and events.

Prior to joining WJE, Mr. Ozog was a loss control consultant for Starr Technical Risks Agency, Inc. in Chicago, Illinois, where he provided risk assessments and construction administration services, developed fire protection system criteria, applied NFPA and FM standards to a variety of highly protected risks, and developed loss control programs. He also began working as an underwriter and understands risk management principles. Mr. Ozog was also a fire protection consultant at Rolf Jensen & Associates in Chicago, where he developed code analyses and fire protection programs for a wide variety of commercial, institutional, industrial, healthcare, and governmental facilities. 


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$0.00 BEC Non-members