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Safer Buildings Coalition WORK GROUP ROUNDUP - February 2021 

Please watch this month's video updates from the Chairs of the Safer Buildings Coalition’s five work groups on their group’s activities, achievements and needs.

Click on the links or images to watch the video messages below:


Big Stakes for Building Owners and Industry – Weigh In!

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Expensive lighting protection and conduit requirements are key issues 
Posted on April 5, 2021

The Broward County Board of Rules and Appeals (BORA) BDA Committee held a virtual meeting on Monday, March 29th, where they presented the latest proposed updates to their BORA rules and guidelines pertaining to BDA’s. Industry must provide feedback to avert expensive overreach in the areas of lightning protection and conduit requirements.


Lightning Protection and NFPA 780 – Swing and a Miss!

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Misapplication of NFPA 780 Standard for the Installation of Lightning Protection Systems to BDA systems results in enormous, unjustifiable cost. 
Posted on April 5, 2021

Currently, NFPA 1221 [Standard for the Installation, Maintenance, and Use of Emergency Services Communications Systems] specifies using NFPA 780 [Standard for the Installation of Lightning Protection Systems]. While well-intended, this is like using a bazooka to kill a fly. The new 1225 standard (due in 2022) will seek to correct this error. But jurisdictions enforcing this requirement today are needlessly driving up BDA system costs to unnecessary levels.


Update March 2021 - SBC NICET Certification Program and In-Building Reference and Study Guide

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Posted on April 5, 2021

The NICET In-Building Public Safety Communications Certification Program, and the accompanying Reference and Study Guide, are making great progress!

Certification Program
NICET is currently in the question writing phase for certification tests for the Design and Tech I certifications. These should be completed by May. Work on Tech II and Tech III exams should begin shortly, with tests available early 3rd quarter.


John Foley, Managing Director of Safer Buildings Coalition, is Appointed to the Center for Campus Fire Safety (CCFS) Advisory Council


Posted on April 5, 2021

SBC is pleased to announce that John Foley has been appointed to the Advisory Council at the Center for Campus Fire Safety. CCFS is the voice of over 4000 campus fire & life safety officials nationwide.  They are a non-profit, membership based, organization devoted to reducing the loss of life from fire at our nation's campuses. 


Member Spotlight: VoltServer 

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Posted on April 5, 2021

SBC interviewed Luke Getto, from VoltServer and here is some interesting information about what the company has to offer.

Q: What is Voltserver? 
A: VoltServer is the leading provider of intelligent, premise-based power distribution solutions leveraging Digital Electricity™ from centralized source to distributed endpoint loads to enable customer’s essential applications.  VoltServer’s patented and proven Digital Electricity™ (DE) solutions deliver cost-effective, high-reliability power where and when you need. 


Safer Buildings Coalition No Noise Task Force Official Launch

No News Task Force Structure Posted on March 4, 2021
Steering Committee Kicks Off Task Force, FCC Formally Assigns Resources

The Safer Buildings Coalition is pleased to announce that our No Noise Task Force has launched. The Steering Committee has been selected and we held our first call Tuesday, February 23rd.


What the In-building Industry and AHJs Need

Safer Buildings Coalition NICET In-Building Public Safety Communications (IB-PSC) Certification

Posted on March 4, 2021
In-Building Technical Certification and Reference / Study Guide Update
By John Foley – Managing Director, Safer Buildings Coalition

The Safer Buildings Coalition NICET In-Building Public Safety Communications (IB-PSC) Certification is on track for a May 2021 rollout, with the first of two exams almost ready for release.

“Item writing is complete for Level I and Design,” said Chip Hollis, Senior Director, Credentials and Administration for NICET. “So, we are on schedule for a May release for Level I and Design. We are scheduled to begin work on Levels II and III in March with a September release date.”


From the Chief’s Corner: Who’s Really at Risk When There Is No Communications...

Great Chicago Fire

Posted on March 4, 2021

Many of you have heard me say many times, the issue of providing in-building communications is about protecting the public and public safety. The other night, I was working in my shop and the NBC series Chicago Fire was on the television. I was kind of half listening when I heard something important that caught my attention.

One of the characters of the show, Lieutenant Herrman said these words; “hey Chief, it's Herrman. Cruz and I are trapped in the elevator somewhere between the seventh and eighth floor. Chief, you copy?” I immediately stopped what I was doing and hit rewind on the remote to see what was really taking place.


Member Spotlight: APG 

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Posted on March 4, 2021

APG Electric, Inc. has been doing business in the Tampa Bay area since 1984.  However, our roots go back over a century to The Doan Electric Company of Cleveland, Ohio, founded in 1915 by A. P. Goulder, the APG of our name. Mr. Goulder began his business converting gas lighting to electric lighting and doing other small electrical repair work before growing the company into one of the largest and most respected electrical contracting companies in Northeast Ohio. APG is a full-service electrical and systems contractor, providing complete design, construction, and maintenance services. To do this, we have assembled a diverse team of professionals to handle every aspect of the project - engineers, designers, estimators, project managers, administrative personnel, superintendents, programmers, systems technicians, and skilled electricians, all specializing in their respective fields. In addition, we continually upgrade our team through apprenticeship training and regular continuing education courses and seminars. This team approach is a better planned, more efficiently designed, and much more cost-effective project. 

SBC interviewed Tim White, Vice President Service at APG and BJ Klingensmith, Life Safety Group Manager at APG. Read how APG is handling the safety culture within their company.


2021 Break Free Run

Doing Well While Doing Good: Community Affairs Charity Spotlight

Posted on March 4, 2021
“Break Free Run” to end human trafficking.

This year's Break Free Run will look a bit different, but nonetheless, we are ready for an incredible event! COVID-19 slowed and halted many things, but human trafficking was not one of them. Data shows that exploitation has continued throughout the season of the pandemic, and that means that we need to continue to raise a voice against it. The reality is that anyone can be a victim, anyone can be a perpetrator, but any (one) can be a proponent for freedom and that includes YOU!

By registering to participate in the 2021 Break Free Run virtually on April 9th, 10th, or 11th, you are becoming (one) who pursues true change and impacts the lives of students, survivors, and at-risk individuals. Not to worry, the race will include opportunities for community engagement and will be a virtual event like no other! Will you run in '21? 

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