Fire Services Design
Fire services design refers to the graphical representation of various fire services located within a building. These fire services consist of fire protection services such as:
- Emergency Lights
- Emergency Management Plans
- Fire Alarm Systems
- Fire Doors
- Fire Extinguishers
- Fire Rating – Penetrations and Control Joints
- Foam Suppression Systems
- Hydrants and Hose Reel Systems
- Smoke Detection Systems
- Sprinkler Systems
Fire services design is particularly important for high-risk buildings such as hospitals, schools, and high-rise buildings, where the safety of occupants is of paramount importance. By incorporating fire safety measures into the design of these buildings, it is possible to reduce the risk of fires occurring and to minimise the impact of fires when they do occur.
Fire services design is usually required if the following apply:
- New buildings
- Change of use in building
- Issue of fire safety order
With fire engineers, they can ensure that fire protection within a building is adequate. Engineers will also provide detailed drawings of plans to give your structure a fire system network that is easily accessible for service, function, and repair.
What to consider for Fire Services Design
There are several factors to consider when designing a building with fire safety in mind. Some important considerations include:
- Building Occupancy and Use: The type of building and how it will be used will have a significant impact on the fire safety measures that need to be incorporated into the design. For example, a hospital will require different fire safety features than a retail store.
- Building Size and Layout: The size and layout of the building will also influence the design of the fire safety systems. Large buildings may require more complex systems to ensure adequate coverage, while buildings with complex layouts may require additional measures to ensure clear evacuation routes.
- Fire Resistance of Materials: The materials used in the construction of the building must be fire-resistant to prevent the spread of fire. This includes walls, floors, ceilings, doors, and windows.
- Fire Detection and Alarm Systems: Early detection of a fire is critical to minimising its impact, and so fire detection and alarm systems must be carefully designed and installed.
- Fire Suppression Systems: Fire suppression systems such as sprinklers and fire extinguishers are necessary to prevent the spread of fire.
- Emergency Lighting and Signage: In the event of a fire, occupants must be able to safely evacuate the building. This requires clear and well-lit evacuation routes with clear signage to direct occupants to safety.
- Accessibility for Firefighters: The design must consider the needs of firefighters who may need to access the building in the event of a fire. This includes ensuring adequate access to the building as well as providing clear information about the building’s layout and fire safety systems.
Why choose Neilly Davies?
Every building requires fire protection as compliance to building codes and permits must be met. When it comes to this important function, you need consulting engineers you can trust. Neilly Davies consulting engineers ensures you will receive comprehensive fire protection design. We will help your building meet long term goals and regulatory requirements for your peace of mind.