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					Fire Safety and Fire Fighting in
Sustainable Construction

IFE Conference, Russell Hotel, London
22nd July 2010
Sustainable Buildings
Structures created using processes that are environmentally
responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building's life-
cycle, This includes
          •   Siting,
          •   Design,
          •   Construction,
          •   Operation,
          •   Maintenance & Repairs and
          •   Renovation & Alterations
Managing Fire Safety and Firefighting in
Sustainable Buildings

                          Siting



           Renovation
               and                     Design
           Alterations




           Maintenance
                                     Construction
           and Repairs



                         Operation
Managing Fire Safety in Buildings   Siting

• Close liaison with building
  designers and developers at
  an early stage.
• Ensuring that proper
  consideration is given to the
  impact the proposed
  construction will have on
  surrounding buildings.
• Working to ensure Fire
  Service access issues are
  understood.
Firefighting Considerations   Siting
Managing Fire Safety in Buildings   Design


• Close liaison with building
  designers and developers at
  an early stage.
• Promoting the use and
  benefits of Sprinklers and
  other fire protection features
  to safeguard building and
  occupants.
• Good working relationships
  with planning departments
  and statutory bodies.
Underpinning Knowledge           Design


• Understanding the
  performance characteristics
  of modern construction
  materials.
• Working closely with product
  manufacturers and industry
  bodies.
• Working with standards
  bodies and specifiers to
  ensure fire service
  perspective is understood.
Managing Fires In These Buildings    Design


• Understanding the
  performance characteristics
  of modern construction
  materials.
• Recognising that these
  buildings may perform in
  differing ways from
  traditional buildings in a fire.
• Adapting operating
  procedures and decision
  making accordingly.
Managing Fire Safety in Buildings   Construction




• Controlled by HSE
• Still subject to a Fire Risk
  Assessment.
• Site safety and housekeeping
  paramount.
• Regard for neighbouring
  exposures and persons.
• Quality building control and
  signoff essential.
Firefighting Considerations   Construction
Ongoing Fire Safety Implications   Construction




 • Working with HSE, UKTFA
   and ACAI to identify better
   management of site safety
   and security
 • Identification and
   registration of every TF
   construction site in London.
 • Multi agency Operational
   pre plans developed for all
   sites including evacuation
   of neighbouring residents.
Occupancy                           Operation



• Whether commercial or
  residential, peoples safety is
  paramount.
• Good fire safety management
  systems ensure occupants
  safety.
• There are legal
  responsibilities for owners and
  managers to occupants.
Firefighting Considerations   Operation
 Common Defects                                    Maintenance
                                                   and Repairs



                            Compartmentation and
                                fire stopping




Lack of cavity protection




                              Unprotected voids
                                    Renovation
Specifications and Approvals            and
                                    Alterations

• Ensuring the original design
  specifications are not
  compromised.
• All materials specified are fit
  for purpose used and meet
  specifications.
• Records kept of all planning
  and design changes.
• Quality Control and building
  control approvals received.
Specifications and Approvals
 Thank you
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