A cost-effective risk-assessment model for evaluating fire safety and protection in Canadian apartment buildings

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1177/104239159000200301
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TypeArticle
Journal titleJournal of Fire Protection Engineering
ISSN1042-3915
Volume2
Issue3
Pages6574; # of pages: 10
Subjectfire spread; cost benefit analysis; safety; Risk/cost assessment
AbstractA description is given of a stochastic system model that was developed to represent the dynamic interaction between human behaviour, and fire growth and spread in multi-storey apartment buildings in Canada. The effects of the smoke and fire spread are calculated in terms of two performance parameters; namely the expected risk to life and the fire- cost expectation. These performance parameters are used to appraise the cost-effective provisions of fire safety and property protection in apartment buildings. The system model can be used to appraise (1) whether existing code provisions provide consistent levels of risk and (2) the cost-effectiveness of both existing code provisions and possible alternative design strategies.
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LanguageEnglish
AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
NoteAlso Published as: Proceedings of the IFPEI-V International Fire Protection Engineering Institute, An Exchange of the State-of-the-Art in Fire Protection Engineering, Ottawa, ON, Canada, 1989 - Reprinted in NRCC-39021
Peer reviewedYes
IdentifierIRC-P-1697
NRC number32367
3989
NPARC number20375106
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