Economic design for fire safety

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Journal titleBuild International
IssueJuly/Aug. 4
Pages289304; # of pages: 16
Subjectfire safety; human beings; economics; buildings; Sprinklers
AbstractA method is discussed by which the fire loss expectation for buildings, both life loss and property loss, can be evaluated. The influence of various factors such as building size and height, installation of sprinklers and detection systems, and fire resistance of the building are shown. An example is also given of how, in principle, optimum fire safety measures can be determined. Fire safety measures are regarded as optimum if: (1) they provide an adequate level of safety to people, here assumed to be equivalent to a certain specified loss expectation; (2) the sum of property loss expectation and expenditures for fire safety measures are minimal.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number14364
NPARC number20358463
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