Exterior Façade Fire Evaluation and Comparison Tool (“EFFECT™”) DISCLAIMER.
Important Notices and Disclaimers: By accessing or using the Exterior Façade Fire Evaluation Tool (“EFFECT™” or the “tool”) and by clicking “I agree”, you agree to the terms and conditions of this agreement. Publication of this tool is for the sole purpose of supplementing the decision making of Authorities Having Jurisdiction (“AHJs”) with a limited set of risk factors that an AHJ may consider when determining the prioritization of inspection for high-rise buildings with exterior wall assemblies containing combustible components. The results presented by this tool are based on your input and may not reflect the actual relative risk profile for the properties entered into the tool. The risk factors are not: (i) developed based on any code, standard, law or regulation; (ii) are not aimed at addressing any particularized or identifiable risk; and (iii) are not comprehensive and may not reflect the actual relative risk factors applicable to any particular property or properties.
Based on the results from your input, the tool may pose a range of possible mitigation measures for the purpose of illustrating examples of ways to reduce fire risk. Any such examples of mitigation measures are preliminary suggestions based on the limited variables and risk factors within the tool.
This tool and any related suggestions for mitigation measures are not designed to replace or substitute an AHJ’s decision about property inspection. This tool is designed to be informational and educational only and in making this information available, NFPA® is not, and is not attempting to, render engineering or other professional services or advice nor is NFPA undertaking to perform any duty owed by any person or entity to someone else. Anyone using this tool should rely on his or her own independent judgment or, as appropriate, seek the advice of a competent professional and/or the authority having jurisdiction.
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