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Mechanical Smoke Ventilation Systems | Part One - Overview and limitations

Posted by LWF: 02/09/2013 18:00

Historically, prescriptive documents such as Approved Document B (ADB) and British Standards gave guidance on smoke systems controlled primarily by natural means, i.e. external automatic opening vents and natural smoke shafts, and also pressure differential systems.In December 2011, the publication of BS 9991:2011 - Fire safety in the design, management and use of residential buildings - provided guidance in the use of mechanical smoke ventilation systems (MSVS) for residential common corridors, lobbies and fire...

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Business continuity protection in the event of fire

Posted by LWF: 30/08/2013 11:20

The UK’s Building Regulations are primarily concerned with providing a standard of life safety, in case of fire.  They do not, however, address in any detail the issue of property and business continuity. While it is right to say fire control is concerned primarily with life safety, the provision of effective property and business continuity protection measures should not be overlooked. Recent fire statistics from the Association of British Insurers show that business failures following...

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Buildings & Architecture | Fire Resistant Ductwork & Dampers

Posted by LWF: 22/08/2013 11:33

Not much notice is taken of the ductwork in a building – indeed it and its associated dampers are often neglected and forgotten. The importance of them should not be underestimated both in terms of keeping us comfortable and, most importantly, in terms of fire safety and building integrity.The ducting network that runs throughout your premises is often invisible, but is a key element to the environmental operations in a building. Ducting may carry...

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Building Design | Fire Strategy at Conception

Posted by LWF: 14/08/2013 11:14

Designing a building without including fire strategy at conception is like a beautiful cart with no horse. If you have a concept and wish to achieve open spatial planning, for instance, the consideration of fire strategy too far along the line may lead to traditional fire safety requirements placing obstacles to the original design.The main features of a fire strategy document and its evolution are the focus of this week’s discussion.In some instances,...

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Evacuation Modelling | The Human Behaviour issue

Posted by LWF: 08/08/2013 12:36

Evacuation modelling techniques are designed, in the main, to be straightforward and simple to implement. They may be complicated by the size or complexity of the building, but they tend to assume that the people will react as they are supposed to. The humans in an evacuation modelling simulation will react immediately to the fire alarm and will make their way in a purposeful, but not panicked, way to the correct fire exit. However, the...

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  • Fire Safety for Healthcare Premises - Fire Safety Training for Staff - Part 84

    In LWFs blog series for healthcare professionals, our aim is to give information on best practice of fire safety in hospitals and other healthcare premises. In part 83, LWF began look at those roles in a healthcare environment which might have special responsibilities in case of a fire and while it is not possible to provide an exhaustive list which applies to all, those staff who will be expected to assist in patient evacuation were...

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  • Fire Safety for Facilities Management Personnel - Fire Safety Legislation - Part 2

    Lawrence Webster Forrest (LWF) is a specialist fire engineering and fire risk management consultancy whose aim is to give information on best practice in fire safety for facilities management personnel through this blog series. In part 1, we began an overview of the history of fire safety legislation, which we continue in part 2.In the last blog, it was ascertained that following a fire disaster, it is common to see changes in legislation with...

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  • Fire Engineering Design and Risk Assessment - Provision of Firefighting Shafts - Part 50

    In LWF’s Fire Engineering blog series for Architects and others in the building design business, we have been discussing firefighting and what provisions must be made for firefighting activities in a building. In part 49, we examined some of the criteria given in different guidance documents and in particular, how it is recommended that a firefighting lobby should be used as access to the accommodation from a firefighting lift or stair as a single fire...

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  • Fire Safety for Healthcare Premises - Fire Safety Training for Staff - Part 83

    In LWFs blog series for healthcare professionals, our aim is to give information on best practice of fire safety in hospitals and other healthcare premises. In part 82, LWF looked at what elements make up an effective fire safety training policy. In part 83, we begin by discussing the use of e-learning as a tool in fire safety training, before looking at training for staff with special responsibilities.E-learning, or learning which is undertaken on...

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  • Fire Safety for Facilities Management Personnel - Fire Safety Legislation - Part 1

    Lawrence Webster Forrest (LWF) is a specialist fire engineering and fire risk management consultancy whose aim is to give information on best practice of fire safety for facilities management personnel through this blog series. In part 1, we begin with an overview of the history of fire safety legislation.While it is true that most fire safety legislation is written with the aim of averting fires, it is also the case that much of it...

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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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