Design approach to fire safety in buildings

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TypeBook Chapter
Book titleProgressive Architecture
Pages8287; # of pages: 6
Subjectfire safety; building codes; fire resistance; architectural design; engineering design
AbstractThe underlying principles of the present building code approach to providing fire safety in buildings are examined critically and the principal features of building fires reviewed. A new design approach is suggested. If followed from the early stages of architectural design, it will result in a higher degree of fire safety and often in considerable savings in building costs. It is shown that fire protection requirements depend strongly on compartment ventilation and that they can sometimes be waived without endangering the fire safety of the building. Some basic design rules are presented to guide the building designer in his preliminary deliberations.
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PublisherReinhold Publ. Co.
AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedNo
NRC number14076
NPARC number20378936
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Record created2012-07-24
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