Identifying The Greatest Fire Risks In Your Projects
Amongst everything else they have to consider, architects may have trouble identifying how, exactly, a building might perform and maintain its integrity in the event of a fire. Unfortunately, by the time a risk is discovered, sometimes it may be too late to do anything about it. With that in mind, we’re going to look at the vital step of fire risk assessment, and how you identify the causes for concern that you can design around before it is too late.
Making sure you make way
Improved Building Regulations are providing a lot of help in clearing up exactly how much space should be dedicated to fire safety in any given project. The regulations include provisions for how far apart fire exits should be spaced, as well as how wide they should be, and how wide access points leading to them should be. Securing a route of escape in the event of a fire is one of the most important measures an architect should take. Ensure you get updated on the latest set of regulations that can provide that all-important lifeline
The veins of the building
In larger buildings in particular, you have to consider not just the rooms of the building and how they contain and prevent the spread of fire. Larger buildings with accessways, laundry chutes, and riser shafts also have to be considered. Think of these as the veins of the building and fire as the blood. Without effective protection, like steel fire riser doors, a fire could progress from one floor to all floors in a matter of minutes without the right protection. Steel fire riser doors are just one tool, and we offer many that can better protect the veins of the building for up to two hours. This can play a major role in stopping the internal spread of a fire.
Assessing the danger
Besides the accessways, riser shafts, and laundry chutes, different projects can have different weak points. The larger the scale and complexity of a project, the more likely you are to have particular concerns you wouldn’t on a more traditional building. With that in mind, it’s essential you get in contact with fire risk assessors early in the process of designing and constructing larger projects. The sooner you involve them in a project, the sooner they can highlight risks, which allows you to find cost-effective solutions or to work around them entirely. There is also a growing market of sophisticated fire simulation technology that can allow you to see models of how a fire might spread and impact the structural integrity of a building. With these tools, you can gain insights on which parts of the building need the most protection in advance.
There is no room for mistakes when it comes to fire safety. Ensure that you’re fully informed on regulations, aware of the products that can help you manage and contain fires, as willing to reach out to fire risk assessors who can help inform your process more completely.