October 19, 2018 NCN-SFPE Meeting and Luncheon

Friday, Oct-19-2018 11:30 AM-Friday, Oct-19-2018 01:15 PM
Holmes Fire
235 Montgomery St #1250, San Francisco, 94104, CA, United States
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Please join us on October 19, 2018 for the meeting and luncheon. New location!

Holmes Fire

235 Montgomery Street, Suite # 1250, San Francisco, CA 94104

Advancements in fire safety for the cannabis industry: codes, equipment, and processes to prevent them from going up in smoke.

The cannabis market in the United States topped $6 billion in 2017 and is project to double by 2021. Currently, there are approximately 28,000 businesses in the industry, including many that utilize processes previously unheard of in any form of agriculture. In the meantime, many code consultants and authorities having jurisdiction are struggling to determine the real threats to occupants and buildings. Most can quote anecdotal evidence found online or seen on newscasts, but are unsure of which codes to enforce in order to mitigate the potential threats to occupants, building owners, or the general public.

This presentation explores new technologies that have been developed in the past few years as the industry has risen exponentially. Growers have developed techniques that rival many high-piled storage facilities. Manufacturers are using laboratory grade enclosures and equipment in production facilities that rival large pharmaceutical companies. Now that the cannabis market is here to stay, it is imperative to first understand the various (and creative) production and manufacturing processes. Only then can a fire protection engineer begin to determine how to best mitigate risk from fire and explosion. 

Presenter: Ronnie Thomas, PE      Associate, Reax Engineering

Ronnie Thomas is a Fire Protection Engineer (CA, NV) based in Northern California. He received his MSc in Fire Protection Engineering from WPI.  His areas of specialization include smoke control, fire modeling and performance-based code compliance. He has been actively involved in cannabis-related projects for over 10 years in California, Nevada and Oregon.

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11:30am Check-in & Networking
12:00pm Lunch
12:30pm-1:15pm Presentation
1:15pm Program Chair adjourns meeting

Member: $45.00     Non-Member: $50.00       Retired: $35.00

Receive a $10.00 discount if you register before Monday, October 15th, 2018 Register at www.ncnsfpe.org

As always, we look forward to your participation and attendance at this month’s local Chapter event.