Traditionally fire safety in buildings has been achieved by referencing building standards and codes of practice. However, the “one size fits all” approach embedded in prescriptive guidance, does not account for unique attributes of individual structures or use purposes. This can often lead to over engineering or become restrictive and inappropriate, often compromising the original vision by blindly applying irrelevant aspects of code compliant design principles.
Performance-based fire safety engineering offers much greater flexibility in design, without compromising the level of safety. It considers the interaction between buildings, occupants, fire safety systems and fire service provisions holistically. A fire strategy is developed to address the risks within a building such that the functional requirements of the Building Regulations can be met. As buildings become more complex, larger and populated with different types and abilities of users, traditional designs can be restrictive and prescriptive guidance can constrain the functionality of the building and limit flexibility. Using a fire engineering approach will ensure that the clients design brief can be met without compromising safety but can also be used to protect property and business continuity issues. Fire engineering is used to evaluate a perceived problem, identify actual risks and create measures to offset, remove or reduce the risk to an acceptable level.
Our approach is to incorporate bespoke fire engineering solutions so that an acceptable level of safety and architectural freedom are provided. An efficient fire engineering design will also provide cost savings and added design value. We also offer a third-party review service, which can include compliance assessment and/or a review of proposed designs to ensure they are appropriate, potentially identifying alternative solutions that may be more beneficial.