Considerations of Life Safety and Building Use

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Journal titlePaper, Division of Building Research, National Research Council Canada
Subjectbuildings; use (utilization); safety standards; case studies; safety requirements; Codes & guides
AbstractThe concept of life safety has not been defined adequately in building codes. For purposes of discussion it is suggested that "freedom for hazard, injury or loss of life" might provide a working basis. This paper will relate the steps taken to ensure life safety in certain kinds of spaces to the normal uses of those spaces. Three related social processes are analysed: 1) the normal occupancy of the building; 2) the disturbance of normal occupancy, in itself a social as well as a technical process; 3) the life safety system, which is an attempt to cope with disturbance in the hope of preserving normal occupancy.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number15566
NPARC number20374294
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