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Access and Facilities for Fire Fighters | Pt 1 - Vehicle Access

Posted by LWF: 16/10/2013 11:46

This short series will look at the requirements of the fire service when attending a fire in your building and how these needs should be addressed during the design and planning stage.When a fire occurs and the alarm is raised, we expect the fire service to respond and arrive quickly. But the time taken to reach the outside of a building may be a small fraction of the time then taken by fire fighters...

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Fire Engineering for design | Water Mist Fire Protection in the UK

Posted by LWF: 10/10/2013 11:32

When considering methods of fire suppression, water mist systems offer certain benefits to building designers and end user occupiers, but gaining approval for the installation can be an issue. With a distinct lack of firm design and installation standards, how can you be sure that the system installation will meet the requirements of the approvals authority? This article will discuss the considerations that should be given to the specification when considering a water mist system.

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The Building Regulations 2010 - Regulation 38 | The requirements for building, development and change of use

Posted by LWF: 02/10/2013 15:21

Regulation 38 of the Building Regulations 2010 requires that fire safety information be provided by a person carrying out work. Despite the fact that Regulation 38 has been around since 2010, there remains some confusion with regards to what is required to demonstrate compliance. This leads to the quality and standard of information provided varying greatly.Fire Safety Information for the Responsible PersonRegulation 38 applies to a building that is erected or extended, or...

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Use of Qualitative Design Review in the Design Process | Part Two - Acceptance Criteria & Fire Scenario Analysis

Posted by LWF: 25/09/2013 11:16

QDR as a part of the design process allows all relevant parties – architect, fire engineer, services & structural engineers, operational management and approvals body/insurer – to identify significant fire safety hazards to the building design, and work to resolve them. Part one gave an overview of the what, who and why of Qualitative Design Review and this week’s article will look at the activities of such a review and the benefits of the review...

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Use of Qualitative Design Review in the Design Process | Part One - Overview

Posted by LWF: 19/09/2013 16:51

Fire risks and scenarios in buildings are unpredictable and there are a vast number of different scenarios that could occur; far too many to feasibly evaluate every case. For a Fire Engineer, the Qualitative Design Review (QDR) is the process used to identify significant fire risk hazards and most likely scenarios, so that the required level of quantified fire safety design can be established.To undertake a QDR effectively can seem an expensive luxury during...

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  • Fire Engineering Design and Risk Assessment - Firefighting & Rising Water Mains - Part 36

    In LWF’s fire engineering blog series for Architects and others in the building design business, we have been talking about firefighting and rising water mains in buildings. In part 35, we began to discuss wet rising water mains and in part 36 we will continue looking at that subject before considering horizontal mains, also known as internal hydrants, which are seen more commonly in buildings with large floor area.It was established in part 35...

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  • Fire Safety for Healthcare Premises - Fire Safety Audits - Part 70

    In LWF’s blog series for healthcare professionals, the aim is to give information on best practice of fire safety in hospitals and other healthcare premises. In part 69, we discussed the management of staffing levels and in addition to the number of staff available, it was important that each and every staff member had adequate training in fire and evacuation issues. In part 70, we will discuss fire safety audits and what arrangements should be...

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  • Facilities Management & Fire Safety - Business Continuity Insurance - Part 17

    In LWF’s blog series for those who work in Facilities Management or who have an interest in or responsibility for fire safety, we have been looking at how businesses are protected against interruption from fire. In part 16, we began an overview of the history of consequential loss insurance, which only came into being around 1900, long after life and property protection insurance.  In part 17, we continue from the 1960s.Although the increase in...

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  • Fire Engineering Design and Risk Assessment - Firefighting & Rising Water Mains - Part 35

    In LWF’s Fire Engineering blog series for Architects and others in the building design business, we have been looking at those provisions which can be made to assist firefighting in case of a fire. In part 34, we commenced looking at wet rising mains and noted that while they can be permanently connected to water mains, it is more common to see the systems connected to a water tank with a pump or gravity feed,...

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  • Fire Safety for Healthcare Premises - Fire Safety & Staffing Levels - Part 69

    In LWF’s blog series for healthcare professionals, the aim is to give information on best practice of fire safety in hospitals and other healthcare premises. In part 68, LWF discussed staffing levels in terms of fire safety and the importance of the staff in attendance having sufficient fire safety training. In part 69, we will continue looking at staffing levels and fire safety concerns.The management of any healthcare venue must consider and agree what...

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Case Studies

Brentwood Town Hall Redevelopment
The redevelopment of Brentwood Town Hall included renovating the existing five storey property to provide police and council offices, a community hub and lettable office space across the basement, gro...

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General Bulletins

Fire - The External Risk
When we consider fire safety, our focus is normally from within, what can we do to prevent the occurrence of fire and how we can limit its damage.  Whilst this is the correct stance to take, we m...

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Technical Bulletins

Evacuation Modelling - Factor in Human Behaviour
Evacuation of buildings can be analyzed in different ways. Approved Document B (ADB) which provides guidance on meeting the requirements of the England and Wales Building Regulations with regard to fi...

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