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Fire safety design

As buildings become more complex and architects push the design envelope ever further, it is vital to consider fire safety implications of new buildings or other construction or refurbishment projects at the concept design stage.

Historically fire safety design of buildings has been seen as a constraint to innovative design, but this needn't be the case. Many innovative building designs now utilise fire safety engineering rather than having to rely solely on functional-based codes. This approach can enable architects to achieve innovative cost-effective designs while meeting fire safety design needs.

Successful fire safety design requires an understanding of a wide range of issues and components, and the interactions between them such as, fire source, smoke movement, heat transfer to the building structure, detection, human behavior and toxicity.

Our experts can provide advice and expertise to both architects and building control and at all stages of project design and implementation, including:

  • Regulations compliance
  • Fire modelling, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and risk assessments
  • Fire protection measures - active and passive - and structural fire precautions
  • Materials performance
  • Firedetection and suppression
  • Heat transfer to the structure
  • Smoke movement and toxicity, and smoke and heat exhaust ventilation systems
  • People - movement and egress modelling, and means of escape

We can help you to incorporate the latest fire safety design principles into you building projects without impacting adversely on the function or appearance of the building.