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 can so easily begin with Building Design !


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


    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 …

  • Fire Safety for All
    Fire Safety for All

  • Firefighter SafetyFirefighter Safety

  • 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.