risk-informed performance-based solutions for fire safety and building regulatory challenges
With more than thirty years of professional experience, we bring a broad and multi-disciplinary perspective to a wide range of fire, risk and building regulatory policy problems. Having consulted to Fortune 500 companies, national governments, multi-national NGOs, industry associations, architects, developers and more, we have a keen understanding of the need to deliver solutions that are technically sound, grounded in reality, and deliver value.
We are problem solvers. We help organizations identify and characterize key issues, develop and assess relevant means to address the issues, and formulate and implement performance-oriented and value-driven solutions. We do this by working with organizations as a trusted partner - listening to all parties involved, exploring from all angles, and developing balanced strategies and solutions.
Building and fire regulatory policy analysis
Building and fire regulatory system evaluation
Risk-informed performance-based fire safety analysis and design
Fire hazard and risk assessment
Fire, life safety and evacuation analysis and planning
Multi-hazard threat, hazard and risk assessment and mitigation
Awarded an inaugural Fulbright Global Scholar award https://www.cies.org/fulbright-global-award-scholars Brian Meacham conducted research into the state of the building regulatory systems in Sweden, Spain and Japan. The aims of the research were to investigate the situation with performance-based building regulatory systems, with a particular focus on fire safety engineering within the systems. Reports on the situation in each country are forthcoming. A preliminary report on the situation in Sweden has been published https://www.boverket.se/sv/byggande/sakerhet/brandskydd/riskbaserade-byggregler/
Brian is Managing Principal at Meacham Associates. Over his 30+ year career, Brian has provided risk-informed performance-based solutions to complex building and infrastructure challenges, conducted building and fire regulatory system capacity assessments, and undertaken research in these and related areas. He has worked with and for governments, NGOs and the private sector in these areas in numerous countries. Throughout his career, he has authored more than 250 publications, given more than 250 presentations, and led more than $3M in research in these areas. His prior positions included Associate Professor in Fire Protection Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Principal at Arup, where he led the Risk Consulting practice in the USA and globally, Technical Director and Research Director at SFPE, fire safety engineer in the USA and Europe, and engineering manager at Gamewell Corporation. Brian is the 2018 President-Elect of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), Chair of the US TAG to ISO TC92 SC4 – Fire Safety Engineering, Chair of the NFPA Technical Committee on Fire Risk Assessment Methods, and Secretary of the IAFSS Management Committee. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Connecticut and Massachusetts, a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers, a Fellow of SFPE, and a Fulbright Global Scholar.
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 President-Elect of SFPE in 2018, and will assume the presidency in 2019.
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 Secretary of IAFSS (2017-2020).
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.
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 is the Chair of the FPRF Research Advisory Committee (2016-2018).
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.
Throughout his career, Brian Meacham has authored more than 250 publications, ranging from peer-reviewed articles in technical journals, to textbooks, handbook chapter, conference papers and magazine articles, and has given more than 250 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.
Contributor to many handbooks, including the SFPE Handbook of Fire Protection Engineering (2nd - 6th editions) and the NFPA Fire Protection Handbook.
Located in the Boston, Massachusetts, USA area, we provide services worldwide. Recent projects have included efforts in Australia, New Zealand, Scotland and the USA.