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ID
10-509-1446
Name
Post-Disaster Complex Architectural System Condition Evaluator
Status
Published
Version
1.1
Updated
7/29/2020 11:51:44 AM
Original Release
06/30/2020
Last Major Release
07/29/2020
Resource Category
Emergency Management
Primary Core Capability
Infrastructure Systems
Secondary Core Capability
 
Resource Kind
Personnel
Overall Function
The Post-Disaster Complex Architectural Systems Condition Evaluator (Complex Architectural Systems Condition Evaluator) conducts Detailed Evaluations of architecturally complex buildings and architectural systems—such as fire safety systems, environmental systems, building envelope systems, communication systems, accessibility and building transportation systems, and others—in incident areas, to assess incident impacts on habitability and occupancy, in accordance with Applied Technology Council (ATC) ATC-20-1, ATC-45, and FEMA P-2055 guidance
Single resource
In conjunction with a NIMS typed team
NIMS Typed Team
Post-Disaster Building Safety Evaluation Team
In conjunction with a NIMS typed unit
NIMS Typed Unit
 
Description Notes
The condition and performance of building systems affect occupancy and habitability. Building systems include: 1. Fire protection—active (suppression) and passive (fire-rated assembly elements) 2. Exiting and egress 3. Accessibility 4. Building envelope (cladding and roofing) 5. Environmental systems 6. Building transportations systems, including elevators 7. On-site energy generation (solar) 8. Communication/alarm systems 9. Nonstructural architectural elements
Supporting Core Capabilities
None
Types
Type Description
Type 1The Complex Architectural Systems Condition Evaluator conducts post-disaster Detailed Evaluations of the condition of critical building systems in architecturally complex structures, including: 1. High-rise buildings 2. Mixed-use facilities 3. Hospitals 4. Schools 5. Shopping malls 6. Hotels and convention centers 7. Historic structures 8. Large business complexes
Components
Component Notes  
EducationNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Not Specified
TrainingNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Completion of the following: 1. IS-100: Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS-100 2. IS-200: Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response, ICS-200 3. IS-700: National Incident Management System, An Introduction 4. IS-800: National Response Framework, An Introduction 5. One of the following: a. ICC When Disaster Strikes Institute b. California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) Safety Assessment Program (SAP) c. ATC-20 and ATC-45 programs with additional concepts of operations training
ExperienceThe ability to understand the interrelated nature of structural, nonstructural, and building systems is critical in evaluating the post-disaster residual performance level of a system. A clear understanding of these issues allows the evaluator to assess the inherent risk to occupancy posed by a facility's reduced functionality and to judge whether the risk of reoccupancy (to inhabitants) outweighs the benefit (to the community).
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 1. Familiarity with the International Building Code (IBC) or National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Life Safety Code requirements for egress and rated assemblies 2. Familiarity with local, state, tribal, territorial, and Federal accessibility guidelines 3. Ability to understand the interrelated nature of structural, nonstructural, and building systems, such as: a. Fire protection—active (suppression) and passive (fire-rated assembly elements) b. Exiting and egress c. Accessibility d. Building envelope (cladding and roofing) e. Environmental systems f. Building transportations systems, including elevators g. On-site energy generation (solar) h. Communication/alarm systems i. Nonstructural architectural elements Experience: Ten years of experience in the architectural design of complex building types, field investigation, and construction observation OR 10 years of experience as an ICC Commercial Plans Examiner with commercial construction field inspection experience for a major metropolitan jurisdiction (population greater than 100,000)
Physical/Medical FitnessThe NIMS Guideline for the National Qualification System (NQS) defines Physical/Medical Fitness levels for NIMS positions.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Moderate
CurrencyNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Completes all necessary refresher trainings or exams for training courses listed above; completes all necessary recertifications
Professional and Technical Licenses and CertificationsNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Currently licensed as one or more of the following: 1. Registered Architect 2. ICC Commercial Building Inspector, Plans Examiner, or Certified Building Official with a bachelor's degree in construction, fire protection management, engineering, or architecture 3. AHJ-approved equivalent of one of the above certifications
Composition and Ordering Specifications
Specification
This position can be teamed with a National Incident Management System (NIMS) Post-Disaster Complex Structural Condition Evaluator
Discuss logistics for deploying this position, such as working conditions, length of deployment, security, lodging, transportation, and meals, prior to deployment
Requestor orders this position to supplement a Post-Disaster Building Safety Evaluation Team when assessing complex structures with building systems whose function is critical to reoccupancy in incident areas
Requestor identifies the structure type—such as International Code Council (ICC) Use Group—or the building name to clarify the Authority Having Jurisdiction's (AHJ) needs, if possible
This position does not escort residents or provide cost estimates, advice on repairs/rebuilding, or design services
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Notes
References
Reference
FEMA, NIMS 508: Post-Disaster Building Safety Evaluation Team
FEMA, NIMS 509: Post-Disaster Complex Structural Condition Evaluator
FEMA, National Incident Management System (NIMS), October 2017
FEMA, NIMS Guideline for the NQS, November 2017
FEMA, National Response Framework, June 2016
FEMA, P-2055: Post-disaster Building Safety Evaluation Guidance, latest edition adopted
Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018, Pub. L. 115-254, Division D, § 1241(b)
Applied Technology Council (ATC), ATC-20-1: Field Manual: Postearthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings, latest edition adopted
ATC, ATC-45: Field Manual: Safety Evaluation of Buildings after Windstorms and Floods, latest edition adopted
California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) Safety Assessment Program (SAP)
International Code Council, International Building Code, latest edition adopted
National Fire Protection Association 101: Life Safety Code, latest edition adopted
International Code Council (ICC), When Disaster Strikes Institute