risk-informed performance-based solutions for a sustainable and fire resilient built environment
risk-informed performance-based solutions for a sustainable and fire resilient built environment
We bring nearly forty years of professional experience to a wide range of fire safety engineering, risk and resilience, and building regulatory policy problems. Our clients have included Fortune 500 companies, local and national governments, multi-national NGOs, industry associations, architects, developers and more. We deliver solutions that are technically sound, politically aware, economically practicable, and grounded in reality.
Most challenges require a multitude of perspectives, experience and data to be brought together with the aim to collectively develop meaningful, workable, cost-effective solutions. Our approach is to bring our expertise to the problem and to be a facilitator for developing the data, input, and analysis needed to inform decisions. Whether engineering, regulatory policy analysis, or research, we aim to help you to better understand the problem and facilitate better solutions.
Strategies for Sustainable And Fire Resilient Built Environments (SAFR-BE)
Research on Sustainable And Fire Resilient Built Environments (SAFR-BE)
Peer review of performance-based fire analyses & designs
Building and fire regulatory system research and consulting
Fire / life safety threat, vulnerability and risk assessment and mitigation
Organization and community risk, vulnerability and resilience consulting
World Bank (Washington, DC). Lead developer of the Building Code Checklist for Fire Safety and the Urban Fire Regulatory Assessment and Mitigation Evaluation (Urban FRAME) diagnostic for use in low- and middle-income countries. Reviewed building regulations for countries of Kenya, Malawi, Seychelles and Uganda. Co-developer of Building Regulatory Capacity Assessment (BRCA) diagnostic.
Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility (PRIF). Fire safety expert on team to review / draft national building codes for the Pacific Island Countries (PIC) of Kiribati and Nauru, and provide input on building code for the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).
BSI Standards Ltd (London, England). Technical expert on project to map the building permitting and approval journey for a MENA country.
Wales Centre for Public Policy (WCPP), Cardiff University (Cardiff, Wales, UK). Contracted to provide expert support to the WCPP research project ‘International review of regulatory models for building safety’.
International Code Council (Washington, DC). Engaged to lead an effort to reimagine the ICC Performance Code for Buildings and Facilities (ICCPC). Aim is to understand current thinking and perspectives across multiple disciplines about how performance-based building code and design approaches are viewed.
Boverket (Karlskrona, Sweden). Engaged as international expert in performance-based regulation and design approaches to provide input on restructuring of building regulations and communicating changes with stakeholder groups (as subcontractor to Briab).
Scottish Government, Building Standards Division (Scotland). Research to Support the Improvement of the Design Verification of Fire Engineered Solutions as Part of the Scottish Building Regulatory System, Competency Criteria for Local Authority Verifiers when checking Fire Engineered Solutions for Compliance with Building Standards, Fire Tests - Section 2 Fire: Spread of Fire. Feasibility of a Centralised Hub for Verification of Complex Fire Engineered Solutions in Scotland.
Australian Building Codes Board (Australia). Consulted on use of risk as a basis for performance criteria in the (performance-based) National Construction Code.
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (New Zealand). Reviewed Fire Regulation Development Programme and various aspects of the building regulatory structure, including alignment of structure and content within the New Zealand Building Code.
Research to lay the groundwork for future development of risk-informed performance-based tools for the assessment of sustainable and fire resilient buildings, SFPE Foundation (with Lund University).
Research into earthquake and post-earthquake fire performance of tall lightweight CFS buildings. Research in 2016 was on a 6-story specimen. Testing planned for 2024 will be in a 10-story structure (subcontractor to UCSD).
Literature review and research roadmap development for data and voice signal pathway survivability, Fire Protection Research Foundation (subcontractor to Lund University).
Research into Oxygen Reduction Systems for Fire in Warehouse Occupancies. Phase I involved literature review. Phase II involves testing in reduced oxygen environment, and feasibility assessment of mid-scale test apparatus (with Lund University, FM Global, with support from the Fire Protection Research Foundation).
Literature / informational review and development of report on Fire Safety Challenges of ‘Green’ Buildings and Attributes. Fire Protection Research Foundation. (With Lund University.)
Conducted research into what types of fire and burn data are reported globally, where significant gaps exist, where significant differences exist, and what might be done to create more uniform global fire incident reporting. (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, London, England)
Informational review and development of Research Roadmap for Environmental Impacts of Fire. Fire Protection Research Foundation (subcontractor to Lund University.)
Contracted to provide research and expert consulting services on human behavior and evacuation during fire and extreme events. TNO, Delft, the Netherlands.
A HOLIstic approach for fire safety requirements and design of FAçade Systems (HOLIFAS), Brandforsk, Sweden. (Jointly with Lund University and Briab.) Conducted research on building regulatory attributes and developed a socio-technical systems approach to building regulatory assessment, including a review of the regulatory systems in England and Sweden.
Pixeling (A Coruna, Spain). Fire risk and building and fire code needs assessment for a paint storage and manufacturing facility being planned in a US state. Involved review of applicable planning, zoning and building codes and standards, and consideration of environmental and hazardous materials issues.
Kestral Group (Wellington, New Zealand). Engaged to provide expert input and peer review for project to support the development of a standardized approach to fire design relating to means of escape and evacuation procedures to enable efficient building consenting and evacuation scheme approvals with a view to Health New Zealand.
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (New York). Contracted to lead peer-review of performance-based fire engineering analysis and design of a unique theater complex with reconfigurable spaces (sub-contractor to Mott MacDonald).
National fire Protection Association (MA, USA). Research on human and shelter vulnerability to fire, with a focus on unsheltered and vulnerability sheltered persons in the USA - an invisible fire problem (With Kindling and John Jay College, with funding from NFPA).
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (New York). Contracted to lead peer-review of performance-based fire engineering analysis and design of a complex facility (sub-contractor to Mott MacDonald).
Cladding Safety Victoria (Melbourne, Australia). Contracted to provide independent expert review of the draft Protocols for Managing Cladding Risk (PMCR), which detail CSV’s proposed rules for assessing the risks of flammable cladding.
Qatar Civil Defence (Doha, Qatar). Contracted with JVVA (Madrid, Spain) to deliver courses on review of performance-based designs
International Code Council (Washington, DC). Contracted to develop publication on the benefits of building regulation in increasing community resilience.
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (New York). Contracted to conduct peer-review of performance-based fire engineering analysis of historic building.
SP Fire Research (Trondheim, Norway). Contracted to review draft Nordic risk-based fire safety engineering standard.
Brian is Managing Principal at Meacham Associates. For nearly 40 years he has developed risk-informed performance-based solutions to complex building and infrastructure challenges, consulted on building and fire regulatory systems and components, and undertaken research and taught courses in these and related areas. He has worked with and for governments, NGOs and the private sector in numerous countries. His prior positions include Associate Professor in Fire Protection Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2008-2017), Principal at Arup, where he led the Risk Consulting practice in the USA and globally (2000-2007), Technical Director and Research Director at the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (1995-2000), and fire safety engineer in the USA and Europe. Brian has served in numerous leadership positions in professional associations and codes- and standards-development activities, including as Chair of the ICC Performance Code Committee (current), Immediate Past Chair of the International Association for Fire Safety Science (current), Chair of the NFPA Technical Committee on Fire Risk Assessment Methods (current), Past President of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), Past Chair of the US TAG to ISO TC92 SC4 – Fire Safety Engineering, and Past Chair of the Inter-jurisdictional Regulatory Collaboration Committee (IRCC). He is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in Connecticut and Massachusetts, a Chartered Engineer (CEng) in the UK, a registered European Engineer (EUR ING), a Fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers, a Fellow of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, and a Fulbright Global Scholar.
Throughout his career, Brian Meacham has authored more than 320 publications, ranging from peer-reviewed articles in technical journals, to textbooks, handbook chapter, conference papers and magazine articles, and has given more than 330 presentations, ranging from invited keynote presentations and accepted submissions at international conferences and symposia, to invited workshops, to lectures at universities, governments and industry groups.
Fire Performance Analysis for Buildings, 2nd Edition organizes the complex interactions into an analytical framework to evaluate any building - at any location - built under any regulatory jurisdiction or era. Systematic, logical procedures evaluate individual component behavior and integrate results to understand holistic performance.
Egress Design Solutions, Emergency Evacuation and Crowd Management Planning introduces and discusses prescriptive- and performance-based approaches to egress design. This 2007 book starts with a brief review of historic life-loss fire events. It overviews important human behavior and response to fire issues and how these influence design options. Coordination with other building systems is also discussed.
Written following the tragic events of 9/11/01, this 2006 book addresses a wide range of issues, from hazard, threat and risk assessment, to robust and resilient design of building structural, mechanical and fire protection systems.
Published in 1997, this is a seminal work on the basic elements of performance-based design for fire.
With authors from a diversity of engineering professions, this 2004 book provides an overview of performance-based design concepts.
Co-editor of new Handbook of Fire and the Environment and contributor to many handbooks, including the SFPE Handbook of Fire Protection Engineering (2nd - 6th editions) and the NFPA Fire Protection Handbook.
As the research affiliate of NFPA, the Fire Protection Research Foundation is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to plan, manage and communicate research in support of the association http://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Resources/Fire-Protection-Research-Foundation Brian Meacham served as Chair of the FPRF Research Advisory Committee from 2016-2018.
IAFSS was founded with the primary objective of encouraging research into the science of preventing and mitigating the adverse effects of fires and of providing a forum for presenting the results of such research https://iafss.org/ Brian Meacham is Chair of the IAFSS Managing Committee (2021-2023).
The International Code Council (ICC) is a leading global source of model codes and standards and building safety solutions that include product evaluation, accreditation, technology, training, and certification. The Code Council's codes, standards, and solutions are used to ensure safe, affordable, and sustainable communities and buildings worldwide ICC - International Code Council - ICC (iccsafe.org). Brian Meacham served on the development committee for the ICC Performance Code for Buildings and Facilities (1997-2001).
The purpose of the Inter-jurisdictional Regulatory Collaboration Committee (IRCC) is to promote effective international collaboration concerning ‘best current practice’ building regulatory system, in particular those that are objective performance-based www.ircc.info Brian Meacham is a Past Chair of the IRCC.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is a global nonprofit organization, established in 1896, devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards http://www.nfpa.org/ Brian Meacham is Chair of the Technical Committee on Fire Risk Assessment.
The purpose of SFPE is to advance the science and practice of fire protection engineering and its allied fields, to maintain a high ethical standard among its members and to foster fire protection engineering education www.sfpe.org Brian Meacham is a Past President of SFPE, having served as President in 2019.
The Building Regulation for Resilience Program seeks to develop and promote a new stream of activities to increase regulatory capacity and in turn promote a healthier and safer built environment. By leveraging good practice in building regulation as part of a strategy to reduce both chronic risk and disaster risk, it will set developing countries on the path to effective reform and long-term resilience https://www.gfdrr.org/en/building-regulation-for-resilience Brian Meacham is a Senior Consultant to the BRR team.
Located near Boston, Massachusetts, USA, we provide services worldwide.
Recent projects have included efforts in/for entities in FSM, Ghana, Kenya, Kiribati, Malawi, Nauru, New Zealand, Seychelles, Scotland, Sweden, Wales, and the USA.