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:
Fire modeling, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and risk assessments
Fire protection measures – active and passive – and structural fire precautions
Fire detection and suppression
Heat transfer to the structure
Smoke movement and toxicity, and smoke and heat exhaust ventilation systems
People – movement and egress modeling, 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.