Roof Design for Fire Safety and Sound Isolation

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Webinar On-Demand
Sponsored by Bilco
Presented by Peter Vandersloot

Learning Objectives:

  1. Select the appropriate noise-measuring metric to evaluate the sound-buffering performance of building façade products that need to mitigate noise made from airplanes, construction activities and traffic.
  2. Summarize how automatic smoke vents work in response to a fire.
  3. Explain the ways the automatic smoke vents are required to be incorporated into a design by the Standard 204, authored by the National Fire Protection Association and the 2018 International Building Code.
  4. Describe the many ways that automatic smoke vents offer better protection for people, firefighters and property in the event of a fire.


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The building envelope is often designed to achieve several key performance objectives. Resisting the infiltration of outdoor elements—such as air and water—and effectively resisting thermal transfer are a few items often discussed. This webinar, which targets architects and building enclosure professionals, will talk about projects that need to mitigate exterior noise and explore how the building envelope can be designed with automatic smoke venting to better protect occupants and property in case of a fire and, simultaneously, block outdoor environmental noise from transmitting inside the structure.

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Peter Vandersloot is Sales Manager of Architectural Products at The BILCO Company. In this role, he is responsible for managing the company’s relationships with manufacturer’s representative firms throughout the United States. Prior to joining BILCO, Peter worked in direct sales for several companies throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic states. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Northeastern University.


The BILCO Company For more than 90 years, The BILCO Company has been a building industry pioneer in the design and development of specialty access products for both commercial and residential projects. The ISO 9001-certified company is a wholly owned subsidiary of AmesburyTruth, a division of Tyman PLC.


Originally published in April 2021