Survey results of combustible contents and floor areas in Canadian multi-family dwellings

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/s10694-009-0130-8
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TypeArticle
Journal titleFire Technology
Volume46
Issue1
Pages120; # of pages: 20
Subjectfire loads, fire load density, multi-family dwellings, combustible contents; Combustion; Floors
AbstractThis paper presents the results of a survey of floor areas and combustible contents in multi-familydwellings such as semi-detached houses, town houses and low-rise apartments. The survey wasprimarily based on measurements and photographic information obtained from real-estatewebsites. This is a novel method, which reduces the effort required to conduct fire load surveysin residential buildings. In addition to quantifying combustible contents, an important objective ofthe survey was to determine the similarities in combustible contents and configurations of thesedwellings, which could be used in designing fire experiments. The survey provided an insight intothe types and quantity of combustible contents found in the dwellings, as well as the types of floorconfigurations and other information that are pertinent to fire issues. Typical furnishings thatconstituted a significant portion of the movable fire load were identified and possible values of fireload densities were calculated for rooms such as: kitchens, dining rooms, living rooms andbedrooms.
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LanguageEnglish
AffiliationNational Research Council Canada; NRC Institute for Research in Construction
Peer reviewedNo
NRC number50593
19831
NPARC number20378083
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