Sustainable Fire Engineering (#SFE)

Beyond Codes – Transformed Design Philosophy & Professional Discipline !

    • Sustainable Fire Engineering

      The creative, person-centred and ethical Fire Engineering response, in resilient built form and smart systems, to the concept of Sustainable Human and Social Development … the many aspects of which must receive balanced and synchronous consideration.
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      SFE’s Aim

      The aim of Sustainable Fire Engineering is to dramatically reduce direct and indirect fire losses in the human environment … to protect the natural environment … and, within buildings, to ensure that there is an effective level of fire safety for all, not just for some !
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    • Fire Safety for All + Firefighters

      Building codes do not protect vulnerable building users in fire emergencies, e.g. People With Activity Limitations (2001 WHO ICF), i.e. frail older people, people with health conditions/disabilities, young children (under 5’s), women in the later stages of pregnancy, etc … or Firefighters.
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    • Environmental Impact

      Fire regularly causes enormous environmental devastation and social disruption.  It is also a significant drag on GDP in all economies, because of the damaging impacts on human health, flora, fauna, soil, air, water, business continuity and branding.  Post-fire refurbishment works are very costly !
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  • SFE 2016 DUBLIN

    Join us at the Dublin Gathering,
    from 29-30 September, to explore Sustainable Fire Engineering.

    FIREFIGHTER SAFETY

    Firefighter Safety can so easily begin with Building Design !

    SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS

    Without a balanced approach to Fire Safety in these high-performance buildings … safety is threatened !

    SFE LINKS & DOCS

    Find Useful SFE Research Links and Reference Documents.

Sustainable Fire Engineering’s Priority Themes

These Priority Themes lie outside, or beyond, the very inadequate fire safety objectives of current Building Codes & Standards – objectives which do not
protect Society or fire engineers’ Clients …

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  • Protection of PropertyProperty Protection

  • Impossible FiresEnvironmental Impact

  • Innovation & People

  • sustainable designSustainable Design

To Properly Protect Society … the fire safety objectives of next-generation Building Codes & Standards must adequately deal with the following concerns:
In the event of an outbreak of fire at any time in the life cycle of a building …

a) protection of the health, safety and welfare of all building users, most specifically including people with activity limitations … and firefighters,
together with other first response personnel ;
b) minimization of adverse environmental impacts ;
c) protection of property, only insofar as it is relevant to a) and b) above.

More cannot reasonably be expected from Building Codes & Standards. For these fire safety objectives to be effectively attained … a system of stringent, independent Technical Control must operate. Self-regulation is no regulation !

Reality – Reliability – Redundancy – Resilience !

To Properly Protect Fire Engineers’ Clients … project-specific fire engineering design objectives, beyond Building Codes & Standards, must deal adequately
with the following additional concerns:

d) sustainability of the human environment (social, built, virtual, economic, etc) – including ‘fitness for intended use’, ‘life cycle costing’ and
‘resilience’ of fire engineering related products, components, systems, etc., fixed, installed or incorporated in the building ;
e) in order to avoid an outbreak of fire at any time in the life cycle of a building … generous commitment to fire prevention measures ;
f) in the event of an outbreak of fire at any time in the life cycle of a building … full protection of property, including business continuity, heritage
protection, etc ;
g) following an outbreak of fire at any time in the life cycle of a building … facility, ease & efficient cost of carrying out effective reconstruction, refurbishment or repair works ;

For these project-specific fire engineering design objectives to be effectively attained … a robust personal Code of Ethics must operate for Fire Engineers, supported by an overt emphasis on Continuing Professional Development.