20 episodes

The Burn takes a dive into the life safety and code requirements for compliance in modern construction. If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to design, build or erect a super tall, or how manufacturers test their products to meet codes and standards... then you’ve come to the right place. We are going to be sitting down and picking the brains of thought leaders and subject matter experts at third-party testing agencies, building product manufacturers, architects, contractors, and of course the best of the best in the fire protection industry.

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    • 5.0 • 15 Ratings

The Burn takes a dive into the life safety and code requirements for compliance in modern construction. If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to design, build or erect a super tall, or how manufacturers test their products to meet codes and standards... then you’ve come to the right place. We are going to be sitting down and picking the brains of thought leaders and subject matter experts at third-party testing agencies, building product manufacturers, architects, contractors, and of course the best of the best in the fire protection industry.

    Rich Walke - Technical Director at Creative Technology Inc.

    Rich Walke - Technical Director at Creative Technology Inc.

    Key Takeaways


    Rich ’s BackgroundValparaiso University Grad, ,multi-Fraternity member Always wanted to go into engineeringPassion started in Junior High School when he modified a bikeOriginally wanted to be in mechanical engineering, pivoted to civil engineering. 


    Working at ULHad a friend who introduced him to the company. Lab work/office work combo was appealing.Did not think of it at Life Safety or Fire Protection.Started in tunnel testingMoved over to fire-resistance group43 years at UL


    Project Engineer Work Interior finish materials, insulation materials Steiner Tunnel TestInvolved in the MGM Fire investigation. Several major historical fires had impact on testing methods and codes. 


    Impacting ChangeJoined Fire Resistance Group at UL in 1987Niche group that was into Fire StoppingWanted to move the industry forward. Involved in evolutionary changes to standards. Air Leakage Tests didn’t exist at the time. Many standards didn’t exist, drain systems, perimeter fire containment, etc. 


    Senior Regulatory EngineerRegulatory Services Group at ULInterfaces with code enforcement committeeInvolved in code developmentOpportunity to do training with code officials 


    Consulting WorkRecommissioned his side business of racing cars to become his consulting business. Engineering judgementsTrying to avoid conflicts with the fire industry 




    About Rich



    I am leveraging my 43 years of experience at UL by providing fire protection related consulting services. Areas of expertise include building materials, fire-resistance-rated construction, and the protection of breaches within fire-resistance-rated construction.



    Services provided by Creative Technology include teaching, assistance in identifying and interpreting UL Fire-Resistance Designs, engineering judgments, code development, standards development, writing technical articles and technical manuals, and assistance with product certifications.


    RichWalke61@gmail.com



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Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

FirestopFan ,

Great show

John is a fantastic host and makes construction interesting and fun… looking forward to more!

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So Good!

First episode was great! Looking forward to hearing more!

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Great show

Love this podcast!!

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