Wednesday / November 17, 2021 / 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Exterior Wall Fire Resistance Requirements in the Chicago Building Code


In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire which began on October 8, 1871, we offer a program on fire resistance in building design.

With the advent of the 2019 Chicago Construction Codes, much of what was previously enforced as interpretation has now been fully adopted from the 2018 International Building Code. However, it is important to note the modifications made to the model code and how the changes will affect the design of exterior walls for fire resistance. This seminar will discuss the various referenced materials, assemblies, and fire tests to show the similarities and differences from model code (Chapter 14) requirements as they apply to new construction.


Christopher E. Chwedyk, AIA, CSI, NCARB – Chief Code Consultant at Burnham Nationwide and the Director of The Code Group – is an Illinois licensed architect with over 40 years of experience in the profession, specializing in the practical application of building codes. He has performed numerous plan reviews and life safety evaluations for code compliance for the City of Chicago and other municipalities.

Andrew Paget, Senior Code Consultant at Burnham Nationwide – over 10 years of experience performing fire and egress modeling, interpreting ICC & NFPA standards, developing creative alternative design solutions, and preparing engineering judgments for a wide variety of projects in the US, British Columbia and overseas.

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To learn more about the Fire, visit City on Fire: Chicago 1871 at the Chicago History Museum and The Great Chicago Fire in Focus at the Chicago Cultural Center.

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